What does aloe juice contain?
Aloe ferox contains valuable gel-polysaccharides (long-chain sugars), which provide soluble dietary fibre, vitamins, proteins, and a large variety of minerals and trace elements. Aloe ferox also contains several of the eight highly-acclaimed simple sugars (marketed as Glyconutrients) which are enjoying global recognition for their amazing ability to improve the body’s cell-to-cell communication, thereby helping the body to heal itself.
Why should I drink aloe juice?
It depends on what you’re looking for. There are two basic reasons why you would drink aloe juice:
- To benefit from its soothing and healing properties on the digestive tract or a stomach ulcer we would recommend that you drink Aloe 24/7 Aloe Drink. In the same way as aloe gel applied to burned or irritated skin helps to soothe and heal the burn, when the aloe drink is consumed, it soothes and heals as it passes down the digestive tract
- If you are just looking for a healthier alternative to normal fruit juice, our Aloe & Fruit Juice blends would be a good choice. It offers a number of nutritional and health benefits, but if you are trying to treat a specific ailment such as heartburn, indigestion, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome etc, then the fruit juice itself may cause further irritation.
What does aloe taste like?
The Aloe 24/7 has a neutral to slightly sour taste – almost like lemon. The blended juices are really delicious and taste of fresh fruit.
Is the juice bitter?
No, the aloe bitter sap is all removed prior to processing.
Will it help my stomach ulcer?
The soothing effect of aloe has been known to give significant relief to stomach ulcer sufferers. Your best bet here would be to stick to the Aloe 24/7, and not the fruit blends.
How much aloe juice should I drink?
If you’re trying to find relief from discomfort of the digestive tract or a stomach ulcer, “little and often” is the best solution. Start with about 25-30ml, every 2 hours or so. You can build it up to as much as a carton (330ml) per day, or even more, depending on your size and body weight. Start slowly and see what works best for you.
Will it help irritable bowel syndrome?
We don’t believe that there is any, one product that will work for everybody. However, there is sufficient anecdotal evidence to suggest that significantly more often than not, aloe juice will offer quick and long-lasting relief for this problem. For “how much to drink”, see above for ulcers.
Is the juice effective in a diabetes diet?
Our Aloe 24/7 Aloe Drink is particularly effective for a diabetes diet. It consists mainly of complex polysaccharides which constitutes a source of soluble dietary fibre. The beneficial role of soluble fibre is that it increases the viscosity of ingested food during the early digestive phase in the stomach and upper intestine. This action slows down the digestion of starch and other non-fibre carbohydrates, as well as the absorption of the resultant glucose and therefore the production of insulin is moderated. The Aloe & Fruit Juice blends, on the other hand, may not be suitable. Even though there is no sugar added to these products, the natural fructose in the fruit may be too much in a diabetes diet.
Are there any adverse effects from drinking the juice?
None reported to date.
Can I drink aloe juice while I’m pregnant?
The health benefits of drinking aloe have been well known for years, but the question of whether it is safe for pregnant women has been made quite confusing on many websites as they do not differentiate between the two important components of aloe.
(i) Bitter sap – This is the yellow liquid found under the skin of the leaf. This contains aloin, which is used extensively in the pharmaceutical industry as a laxative;
(ii) Gel. This is made from either the whole leaf (once the bitter sap has been removed) or just the inner white flesh of the leaf. This is the component which offers the soothing and healing properties for problems like indigestion, heartburn etc often associated with pregnancy;
- The bitter sap, often taken in dried crystal form as a laxative, in combination with other ingredients in pharmaceutical offerings, or combined in some aloe drinks, has been known to induce contractions during pregnancy and may be deemed as unsafe. According to the literature it is also known to possibly increase potassium loss and lower blood sugar levels. Aloin is often used in excess by people wanting to lose weight, and can certainly be problematic if pregnant.
- Totally Wild’s products however are made only from the inner part of the leaf which is thoroughly washed to remove any traces of the aloin component. Even if traces do remain these would be far below the legal limits set by international law and in fact show as undetectable on our lab results.
The information above is corroborated by most online literature, some of which talks specifically about the aloin component. Due to the fact that there is not enough scientific evidence available to prove or disprove the aloe gels safety during pregnancy, we are not in a position to make recommendations. We would suggest you consult a medical practitioner for professional advice. We would however be more than happy to share any further information on our products which may be useful to you.
What is the shelf life?
One year from date of production. Open bottles must be kept in a refrigerator, where they can be kept for 2-3 days.
Where can I buy these products?
Please visit our Stockist page to find your nearest store. Outside of South Africa, the products are available from various importers and agents. Contact us with your location, and we will advise you accordingly.