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Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera Juice - Keeps digestion running smoothly
Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera Juice Drink
Member Name: maxwell_star
Holland and Barrett Aloe Vera Juice Drink
Advantages: Healthy insides, can relieve digestion issues, easy to take, reasonable price
Disadvantages: Doesn't taste great
- Why I Bought -
Over the past two years I have become interested in supplementing my diet with various vitamins and supplements. My interest was sparked during my pregnancy when I started taking a pregnancy multi vitamin and then took raspberry leaf to prepare me for labour. I eat a fairly balanced diet and don't have any real health concerns but I came to realise there were many products out there that could make me a little bit healthier.
I purchased this Maximum Strength Aloe Vera from Holland and Barratt on a bit of a whim. I think it is really aimed at people who have digestive health issues, not something I really suffer with. However, sometimes after not eating as healthy as I should it can make me feel a little 'yucky' on the inside. I thought this would be a good product to take to help my digestive system feel nice and clean and also prevent any unwanted issues.
- The packaging -
The Aloe Vera juice comes in a chunky white plastic bottle with a green label. Two sizes are available, 946mls and 473mls. Mine is the larger size and it is really quite heavy so perhaps this is one to order online or buy when you don't have much other shopping to do. The lid is nicely secured so I don't think this bottle would leak easily but it does twist of with reasonable ease. As the bottle is white you can't see how much is left but it is reasonably easy to see this by peering in through the wide neck of the bottle.
The labels shows a picture of the Aloe Vera plant, provides directions for use, and a list of ingredients. There is a warning about contacting a doctor if you have any reaction or you are on any medication and also that it is not suitable for those under 18. Obviously this advice is about being sensible, I'm sure it is fine to take along side many medications but if you are unsure then it is always advisable to consult your doctor. As with many health supplements, the label doesn't say much about what this juice actually does. That is because it isn't a licensed product as there is no scientific evidence to support its use as a digestive aid. This shouldn't alarm though as it is perfectly safe to take and it can help many people with their digestive complaints.
- How to Take -
The directions state: 'Take one tablespoon (15ml) one to three times daily. Aloe Vera Juice can be taken directly or mixed with water or your favourite juice. Do not exceed stated dose'. When I took this for the first time I took it straight, on its own in a glass. It wasn't horrible to taste but it isn't a particularly enjoyable drink either. However, mixed with orange juice I can't taste it at all so this is how I choose to take it. I tend to take it once per day as I don't particularly suffer with digestive problems but I feel it helps keep my digestive system healthy and running as it should.
- Why Aloe Vera? -
So why is Aloe Vera used as a digestive aid? Well Aloe Vera is known for its cleansing and soothing properties and is used in many skin care products because of this. These qualities can also be beneficial to the stomach, intestines, bowel and colon. It is thought to have laxative, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and detoxifying properties which can help the digestive system to run smoothly and may also help to relieve common digestive complaints such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, bloating, Candida and other fungal infections, Colitis, Diverticulitis and Crohn's Disease. I think that Aloe Vera juice is often included in weight loss/detox diets.
- The Results -
As I have already stated I don't have any of these conditions so I can't comment on how much the Aloe Vera juice might help sufferers of these. For me the results were subtle but it did make me feel cleaner on the inside if that makes sense. I didn't find it to have much of a laxative effect (phew!) but I did find I went to the toilet a 'nice' regular frequency so perhaps the laxative effect is quite gentle. Overall I think my digestive system did benefit from drinking this juice daily over a three month period. I feel it is worth taking but if I didn't take it I don't think there would suddenly be negative effects, so it wouldn't be essential for me.
- Price and Availability -
This particular Aloe Vera juice is from Holland and Barrett's own brand so it is available in most of their shops and also on their website. The usual price to pay is £11.55 for the larger size or £6.69 for the smaller size. I think these prices are reasonable in the world of vitamins and supplements. There is also a cranberry flavour available in each size, but you pay an additional £2 for these. I have to say I haven't been into a Holland and Barrett store without spotting these on some kind of offer. If you aren't too fussy about what size or flavour you get you will usually be able to get them at half price, 1/3 off, buy one get one half price or buy one get one for a penny.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would and I have. I have a few friends with IBS, Crohn's Disease or constipation and have mentioned this juice to all of them. I think it is easy to take and has had a positive yet subtle effect for me. As the price is quite reasonable it is definitely one to recommend.
Summary: Easy to take Aloe Vera drink to aid digestion
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