Acne, digestive woes, and heartburn may be common problems, but they’re not ones that are easy to solve. They can have a tremendous impact on quality of life, so we can’t be blamed for hoping that a quick fix like celery juice, lemon water, or the latest craze, aloe vera juice, might offer up a solution. The claimed health benefits of drinking aloe vera juice range from clear skin and silky soft hair to constipation and heartburn relief. Unfortunately, the data is all anecdotal—but there’s a heck of a lot of it! A quick Instagram search pulled up nearly 30,000 posts about aloe vera juice.
Should you consider using aloe vera for more than just a topical solution for sunburn relief and start sipping the pulpy, thicker-than-water juice? Given that people have compared the taste to everything from laundry detergent to a more bitter wheatgrass, we thought it necessary to turn to experts to separate fact from fiction before sipping on something less than delectable.
Excerpted from Real Simple