According to previous records, humans using Aloe Vera from Ebers Papyrus from 16th century BC. There are more than 300 species of Aloe plants where only aka Aloe Vera is known because of its specials healing power and richness in various properties which promotes a healthy body.
Aloe Vera is known for its use over thousands of centuries. It’s a plant which comes from succulent plant species of genus aloe. According to the history, it was first originated in the Arabian Peninsula and it was known as “plant of Immortality”.
These days, Aloe Vera is used in many industries which make healthcare products, specials medicines, and cosmetics. It is used in personal care products like soap, moisturizers, shaving cream, and suntan lotion.
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Does Aloe Vera Juice Relieve Constipation
In Aloe Vera, there are two parts which are used for medical purposes. First is Aloe gel, which is present in leaves of Aloe Vera. Basically, it’s a clear gel which is found in inner parts of a leaf and it is used for the treatment of skin, burns and to fight various skin conditions.
The second part of the plant is its latex also often called “Aloe Latex” and it is found in under the plant skin. Aloe Latex is a liquid substance which is yellow in color.
It is taken by mouth as a laxative which helps smooth bowel movement. In simple words, it can treat constipation.
Nowadays, Aloe Vera based drinks, water, and its juice are very popular because of its health benefits. Despite Aloe Vera bitter taste, many brands add flavor which makes aloe drinks sweeter.
Components Present in Aloe Vera
Vitamins like A (beta-carotene), C, E and B12, Enzymes, antioxidants, minerals like calcium, copper, selenium, chromium, potassium, and zinc, sugars like glucose and fructose, salicylic, lignin and amino acid are present in Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera for Constipation
Aloe Vera and Aloe Vera juice both are good for constipation relief. Aloe Vera juice is known as a food product created from leaves of Aloe Vera. It’s also called Aloe Vera Water.
There can be two types of juice, one is made by crushing the aloe vera leaves. Hence including Aloe gel and latex. Second is made of aloe gel where latex is filtered out.
There are various benefits if you include 1-2 tablespoon per day in your smoothies, juice blends, and cocktails. This can provide you with multiple benefits include topical burn relief, improved digestion, prevent constipation and regulate blood sugar.
Before looking at how Aloe Vera juice can help relieve constipation we must look at what causes constipation.
Constipation is known as a condition in which human body face difficulties in emptying the bowel. In Hindi, we call it “Kabj”.
There are multiple factors which can lead you to constipation which includes eating dairy products, food high in fat and sugar, food lacking high fiber (like fruits and vegetables), drinking less water and consumption of alcohol.
To overcome constipation we must try to rehydrate and eat food rich in fiber. If that does not work then taking Aloe Vera Juice which includes Latex can help you with the problem.
Many studies have shown that taking Aloe Vera juice can help us with the bowel movement as it makes the inner movements smooth.
Aloe Vera juice, gel, and latex are considered natural laxatives which contain rich components, plant mucilage, and anthraquinones which can give relief to constipation.
A research of Germany regulatory agency for herbs shown that taking a dose of 50-200 milligram commonly taken in liquid form ones a day for up to 10 days can treat constipation(1).
NOTE: Keep in mind that Aloe latex have some safety censers, taking too much latex can make thing worst and it is hard on kidneys. Federal Drug Administration has concerns over Aloe Latex as they do not have enough safety data on Aloe latex.
How to Take Aloe Vera for Constipation
For constipation, you can use aloe vera juice or gel. You can buy it online or prepare a juice with added aloe juice. You can take small doses (two or three ounces) of Aloe Vera Juice in several ways
- Add 1–2 tablespoon to your favorite smoothie per day.
- Add 1–2 tablespoon to your favorite juice blend per day.
- Add 1–2 tablespoon to your favorite beverage per day.
You can use it in cooking for flavoring.
Homemade Aloe Gel
If you have aloe leaves and you want you to gather aloe gel from it then be careful with Aloe latex which is in yellow color. Taking Aloe latex can have its side effects.
It is also recommended that to avoid aloe as a laxative if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. Also, children and those suffering from diabetes, kidney, hemorrhoids problems and intestinal condition should avoid aloe latex.
Other Alternatives Aloe capsules are a good choice. Aloe gel can be obtained from it plant which can found in your garden or in your neighbors, where capsules are easily available in medical stores.
Aloe Capsule can show the same effects for constipation, in addition, it can be consumed easily. If you do not like aloe juice or gel taste then capsule will be the best choice. It will help you with constipation witha in few days.
- You can take aloe capsules (5g) three times a days.
- Take herbs tea with capsules to help reduce it side effects.
Note: People who are allergic to onions and garlic or tulips plant should avoid the use of aloe for constipation. There are many other alternative to treat constipation.