Another board-certified dermatologist, Barry Goldman, MD, isn’t too sure that drinking aloe juice will help placate acne. Dr. Goldman explains that he isn’t aware of any studies that explore the relationship between aloe vera juice and the skin, but he does think that “aloe vera juice may contain antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory [properties].”
“There is no evidence that aloe vera juice benefits your skin more than drinking or eating other unsweetened unprocessed juices, fruits, and vegetables,” he adds. “Most of the evidence is anecdotal, meaning that one or two people had a great experience or believe in it.”
When it comes to aloe vera juice’s benefits for your insides, the research also remains limited. Nooshin Hosseini, MD, a New York City-based board-certified internist and gastroenterologist, says the studies’ findings have reported “ingesting aloe vera orally may be useful for treating various gastrointestinal symptoms in the short term.”
Dr. Hosseini adds that “purported benefits” include antacid, chemoprotective, and anti-inflammatory effects that could help ease pain from gastroesophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcer disease, ulcerative colitis, and various IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) symptoms.
While some studies have supported consuming aloe vera can potentially help mitigate some gastrointestinal issues, Dr. Hosseini acknowledges that “there have been no large clinical trials to date that show a reliable benefit of aloe vera for long-term symptom relief or gastrointestinal health.” But she does note that there are some risks associated with both short-term and long-term use [of aloe vera].
“Overuse of whole leaf aloe vera juice or aloe latex as a laxative can be dangerous both in the short-term, due to fluid shifts and electrolyte disturbances, and have serious long-term effects as well, such as a potential link to colorectal cancer,” Dr. Hosseini explains.
So if you’re looking to incorporate aloe vera juice into your everyday routine, Dr. Hosseini recommends consulting your physician first. As always, don’t believe everything you see on TikTok.
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