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I use to drink aloe vera regular a few years ago. I a suffered from colitis which is a illness in the large intestine. Aloe Vera would settle my tummy. As it puts a lining on your intestine to minimise flare ups.
I won''t kid you at first it tastes disgusting but after a while you get use to it.
I would recommend it for anyone suffering from IBS, chrones or colitis.
Now don't get me wrong, I am a definite aloe vera convert. In India the plant grows wild and to huge sizes, literally as big as people. I have seen local people cut the stems of the plant and add them to cooking, use the inner gel on skin conditions like burns, and generally get a lot of use out of the plant. I have seen children chew it freshly picked and tried the same myself. The outside of the plant needs cooking to be edible, but the inside contains the valuable gel that has so many versatile uses. From what I have seen, hese people live in 'poor' villages on very basic diets, yet they are healthy with few allergies and skin problems. So I do think it's a great plant and natural remedy.
That is why, lacking access to wild aloe vera plants here in England, I decided to buy the Aloe Pura 'juice' when it was offer in my local Holland and Barrett store. I didn't think I'd take it long term but I thought I'd see whether it helped my dry skin at all, or eased digestion like the product claims to. The Aloe Pura juice is available in four flavours - pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry, papaya. Being a blueberry fan, this is the one I decided to try. The juices are not pure aloe vera but a blend of aloe and other health products, including fennel, caraway, chamomile and burdock. Each blend is marketed as specific to an ailment, so there is liquid fibre juice that contains figs and is meant to help with bowel regularity, and there is also a detox juice made with pomegranate, to help cleanse your body.
I couldn't taste any of these in the juice though. My cranberry and blueberry concoction is meant to be soothing and high in antioxidants. Unfortunately, I could barely taste the blueberry, but this leads me to telling you what the juice tastes like, and that is impossible to fully describe due to the fact that it is so, so sour and has such a sharp tang to it. This could be the cranberry that is added but I am inclined to think that it is in fact the aloe itself as even cranberry juice is not that sharp.
I am not a fussy individual, I will try most foods and am always happy to explore new tastes and textures, especially if they might improve my health as I do get run down chasing after a toddler and working from home and, at present, carrying a new baby. But I just can't stand the taste of this juice. It is so, so bitter, and not in a nice gentle dandelion tea way. The flavour is simply too sharp for me. So after taking a capful a day of it for a few days, and gagging every time I did so, I tried adding it to ordinary juice instead. I tried mango juice, orange juice, and smoothie blends with milk, but none of these could mask the harsh flavour and I gave up after a just a couple of weeks. Unfortunately the rest of the mixture ended up going in that bin as after being enticed to try one capful of it my husband declared that it tasted like pipe cleaner and to spill it down the sink, which I promptly did.
I can not say then that this product does not work at all, as I couldn't persist with it for long enough, but I will say that this is a really hard mixture to swallow, and you'd be better off buying aloe vera pills to experience the benefits of the plant or else growing the plant at home and adding it to cooking or to smoothies etc. Although this will only provide small doses of the plant, this is how they consume it in India so perhaps it really isn't meant for concentrated, high dose use, and that is why it tastes so awful no matter what you add to it to make the flavour bearable.
Aloe Pura aloe vera juice is available in 500ml and 1 litre plastic bottles. I spent £4.99 on a 500ml bottle when it was on offer and I consider this to have been a waste of money. You can also get a maximum strength juice that I will never ever dare to try, having tasted one of the attempts to improve the flavour a few too many times. I do not recommend this juice at all and I think they should call it concentrate or tonic rather than juice as that is more what it tastes like - it isn't sweet at all. You are meant to take 25ml a day which is just over a teaspoon - one and a half to be precise - and if you can manage that, good luck.
1 star and a 'yuk' from me.
For those of you have read my slippery elm review, I bought the aloe vera juice for exactly the same reasons which, to cut a long story short, was because I get gastritis and the nutritionist I visited recommended this to help soothe the stomach and aid digestion.
Initially I bought one from the website she recommended, as she had told me it's more pure and better quality than what you can buy in Holland and Barrett. It did seem like very high quality liquid when I received it- it was very thick with pieces of aloe vera floating in it. However, the bottle didn't last all that long, probably about three weeks, as I was taking a shot glass full of it twice a day, so I decided to try the Holland and Barrett one anyway. It isn't as thick, but it still says it's 99.9% pure and it cost about half the price, so I'll definitely be sticking with that one!
Apparently aloe vera juice has all kinds of health benefits; it's supposed to improve the immune system- the person who set up the company I originally bought it from claims he used it to overcome pancreatitis, so it's a very useful product if that's true. It can be used by anyone just for general health purposes then, but also for more specific problems, such as gastritis or other ailments of the digestive tract. It's also supposed to be good for athletes and the elderly, or those suffering from arthritis, as it helps to reduce inflammation in the joints.
It isn't the most pleasant thing in the world to drink, but it's certainly not intolerable. It has a nice texture and just smells a little bit like antiseptic. I was worried I'd bought the wrong product and should be smearing it on my knees or something, rather than drinking it, initially, but I soon got used to it. I wouldn't recommend drinking too much on a daily basis though, as it can aid digestion to an excessive extent, if you see what I mean... you don't want to be sat on the toilet all day having drunk half a bottle! The two shot glass portions seem to be a good measurement, and my bottle conveniently comes with a measuring cap so I can make sure I don't drink more than 25ml each time.
I've found it helpful, along with a few other changes in my diet, and am using it as a support to come off the stronger medication I was on at the moment. So far, so good...touch wood! I'd certainly recommend it- I think the benefits would be different depending on why you're drinking it, but it certainly works for me.
The stuff I ordered off the internet was £24 including postage and packing, which is definitely too much, but in Holland and Barrett it was more like £10, and I'm expecting the bottle to last 3 to 4 weeks, at least.
I have been using this for quite a while now and believe it to be good stuff because of the aloe veras detoxing properties. It can help with indigestion and inflammation of the joints. So can be very helpful for elderly people or even sports men and women.
It can generally keep for a month but best kept in the fridge because it can go off quick
Try buying it in sale as it can be expensive
after watching you are what you eat i purchased the book to accompany the series and one of the things she reccommend is to take aloe vera juice to detox and cleanse the body. i followed her advice and bought the above from a well known health food store. it was expensive but i thought at the time worth it. i took the dose as stated on the packet and cleanse me it did. i spent the next few hrs on the lav. it certainly helped me to detox but the action was far too drastic. it wasnt gentle or kind to my body but it did cleanse me out. too scared to try it again incase i had same severe and very embarrasing reaction. sorry gillian but detox with aloe vera is not for me.
Maximum Strength Aloe Pura Unfiltered 100% Natural Aloe Vera Juice. A unique blend of Aloe Vera whole leaf and unfiltered Aloe Vera inner gel, formulated with the minimum of processing to allow the plant's natural components to remain unaltered and provid