Some of the most prized ingredients in the world of Ayurveda are commonly available around us. They can be lurking somewhere in the kitchen or quietly growing in a neighbour's herb garden. One such example is aloe vera. Ghritkumari, as known in Hindi, it is capable of curing a range of ailments with its numerous health benefiting properties. Aloe vera juice has traditionally been a part of many Ayurvedic preparations, medicines and tonics. 'It provides complete nourishment to the body,' shares Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager, Baidyanath.
According to Dr. Rupali Datta, 'Aloe vera is an important ingredient for food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. Recent studies published in various scientific journals have shown that oral consumption of aloe vera juice can facilitate controlling blood sugar and lowering lipids in diabetics and hyperlipidemia patients.'
The Benefits Of Drinking Aloe Vera Juice
1. Loaded with Vitamins and Minerals
The juice comes loaded with a bevy of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants essential for our body. 'The only thing that doesn't find presence in aloe vera is Vitamin D,' shares Dr. Gautam. Aloe vera juice is easily available in the market. You can start by consuming it plain and then graduate to trying it with other juices like amla, giloy, tulsi and karela.
2. Fights Digestive Disorders
Daily consumption of aloe vera juice is believed to fight and cure a range of digestive disorders including poor digestion, constipation, acidity and gas. It is also beneficial in boosting appetite and keeping a check on weight gain.
3. Flushes our Toxins from the Body
Aloe vera juice consumption flushes out toxins from the body. Drinking it early in the morning will help you in many ways, right from curing digestive issues to cleaning the system.
4. Helps Treat Anemia
Ghritkumari Saar is actively used in an Ayurvedic preparation known as Kumari Asava, useful in correcting digestive and liver disorders, anemia, jaundice and ailments related to bile duct, gall bladder, among others.
5. Balances Hormonal Problems
The juice is often used in many other herbal tonics pivotal in curing hormonal issues, as well as pancreas and spleen related disorders.
6. Excellent for Hair and Skin
Aloe vera juice helps maintain smooth, radiant skin and promotes hair growth. Its topical application can relieve from superficial burns and scars. It can be used as a moisturising agent for the skin as well as the scalp.
7. Boosts Immunity
The health benefiting properties of aloe vera juice also boosts the body's immunity, especially when teamed with amla, tulsi, and giloy juice - an ideal concoction to battle the change in season.
How to Use
Aloe vera juice should ideally be consumed on an empty stomach. 20ml should be mixed with a glass of water. You can even try mixing equal quantities of aloe vera juice with tulsi (holy basil), amla (Indian gooseberry), and giloy (heart-leaved moonseed) juice.
40/60 ml of karela (bitter gourd) juice can be mixed with 20ml of aloe vera juice along with a glass of water. Karela juice is excellent for diabetes and cholesterol, combining it with aloe vera juice doubles the power of the individual potions.
The juice acts a laxative, and is therefore not recommended for pregnant women and those with sensitive motion. Consult your medical expert before making it a part of your diet.