Join the 'Super Juice' Trend in 2018 with Aloe Vera
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Aloe vera is one of the popular ingredients leading the super juice trend within the beverage industry in 2018. Traditional use of aloe vera was previously dominated by the cosmetics industry, for it’s application in medicinal treatments – but it’s herbal properties have proven to have numerous health benefits when consumed as a beverage.
Aloe vera juice is made by crushing or grinding the entire leaf of the aloe vera plant, followed by various steps to purify and filter the liquid. With a mild, tolerable flavor, the juice mixes easily into teas, smoothies, and shakes. This makes aloe vera juice a practical whole food supplement.
With consumer preferences shifting towards healthy and functional ingredients in 2018, it provides the perfect opportunity to develop and introduce new product variations with aloe vera as the central ingredient.
Here are some of the benefits of aloe vera in beverage:
Alkalinity (Regulation of pH Levels)
A body with an acidic pH is a breeding ground for disease. It’s an atmosphere where illness thrives. Aloe vera drinks can help to keep the body’s pH levels in balance and prevent the occurrence of illnesses.
Hydration & Liver Function Promotion
The aloe plant is very water-dense, so it’s an ideal way to prevent or treat dehydration. Staying hydrated helps the body detox by providing a way for to purge and flush out impurities. The juice also packs a hefty punch of nutrients that optimize the body’s organ output. This is crucial, because the kidneys and liver are largely responsible for the task of detoxifying blood.
Recovery from heavy exercise also requires rehydration through the intake of extra fluids. The body requires more fluids in order to flush and rid itself of the lactic acid buildup from exercising. In these cases, an aloe vera juice drink becomes the perfect beverage for sports nutrition.
Aid in Digestion
Drinking aloe vera juice helps increase the water content in the body. Research has shown the relationship between increasing the intestinal water content and the stimulation of peristalsis, which promotes a healthy flow of digestion. Aloe also helps normalize the healthy bacteria in your gut, keeping a healthy intestinal flora balanced.
Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Aloe vera has sometimes been used as a traditional diabetes remedy. It is said to enhance insulin sensitivity and help improve blood sugar management.
Aloe vera is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamins that help protect the skin.The important compounds in aloe vera have also been shown to neutralize the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, repair the skin from existing UV damage, and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Aloe vera juice is jam-packed with nutrients. It contains important vitamins and minerals like vitamins B, C, E, and folic acid. Aloe vera is also one of the only plant sources of vitamin B-12 – adding even more value to its nutritional offering.
Salyer, J. (2016) 9 Healthy Benefits of Drinking Aloe Vera Juice. Healthline [online] Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/aloe-vera-juice-benefits (Accessed at: 16 October 2018)
Ramsdale, S. (2017) What you need to know about the endless benefits of Aloe Vera Juice, Marie Claire [online] Available at: https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/life/food-drink/aloe-vera-juice-benefits-45473#HgPbLtfhElQSr03M.99 (Accessed at: 17 October 2018)
Webster, A. (2018) Newsbite: Is Aloe Vera Juice a “Superjuice”?, FoodInsight [online] Available at: https://www.foodinsight.org/is-aloe-vera-juice-a-super-juice-food-benefits-health (Accessed at: 17 October 2018)
Did you know?
Aloe vera juice is crammed full of amino acids, vitamins and minerals making it one of nature’s most effective cleansers. It can help strengthen digestion and rid the body of any nasty waste, thus detoxifying the body naturally. Its main property is to be soothing, cooling and moistening which helps to clear inflammatory and irritating heat, such as in menopause, plus inflammatory skin and digestive problems, such as acne, rosacea and IBS