Aloe vera is known for its topical healing properties—a go-to herbal sunburn and wound-healing remedy. What many do not know is that drinking aloe may have similar properties internally, soothing the intestinal lining and promoting healthy digestion.
A review published in the British Journal of General Practice asserts that aloe may decrease irritation and enhance healing and repair of ulcers in the stomach and intestines. Additionally, aloe vera may also increase the population of healthy bacteria in the intestines that aid in digestion. While aloe can have a gentle laxative effect, it is not habit-forming and does not irritate the bowel, unlike some synthetic laxatives. Before experimenting with aloe vera internally, just make sure the concentration is suitable for ingestion.
The internal benefits of drinking aloe may also have a direct connection to its beauty benefits. Not only super-hydrating, aloe contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that aid in skin’s collagen and elastin repair. According to the Indian Journal of Dermatology, aloe vera contains Vitamins A (beta-carotene), C and E, which are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and promote cellular regeneration. Essential minerals such as calcium, potassium, sodium and zinc are found in aloe, which help to regulate the body’s metabolic functions.