10 Ways To Use Aloe Vera For Health

By: Padmapreetham Mahalingam
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Aloe vera is known to have medicinal and beauty benefits. The benefits of the aloe vera plant is infinite. Aloe vera is referred as Kumari in Sanskrit which means princess as it has the ability to help you maintain a healthy and youthful glow. It is a great rejuvenator that helps from cleansing the skin to cooling menopausal hot flushes. Even though it has a bitter taste when consumed, its inclusion is vital for your diet. There are different ways to use aloe vera in food. Read on, to find more.

Benefits Of Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to treat burns, ulcers and relieve haemorrhoids. The use of aloe had begun in Egypt and the Middle East. There were even reports that Cleopatra used the herb to soften her skin. Aloe contains lectins-proteins that help reduce inflammation. A chemical called saponin —gives aloe antiseptic properties. It has been used effectively for treating radiation burns and skin disorders. There are many health benefits of aloe vera like it is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide and fatty acids. It is a great natural option for detoxing (cleansing your systems). Here are some of the ways you can use aloe vera in food.


Aloe Vera With Strawberry And Lemonade

The health perks of aloe vera is immeasurable. The health benefits of aloe vera are immense as it contains vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3 + B6. There are interesting ways to use aloe vera in food if you don't like to consume it as a plain juice. Take 1/4 cup of fresh aloe vera juice in a bowl and then add 1 1/2 cups of frozen strawberries into it. Next add 1 cup of water and 1 1/2 table spoons of pure maple syrup. Later pour 1 tbsp of lemon juice into the ingredients. Make sure to put all the ingredients in a blender. Try to blend for 2 minutes until it becomes smooth and frothy. Next pour the smoothie into a glass for consuming.


Aloe Vera With Pineapple And Papaya

For a perfect way to welcome a sunny day is to enjoy the goodness of fresh aloe vera with pineapple and papaya. Take 3/4 pineapple cubes, 3/4 cup papaya cubes, 1/4 cup of chopped aloe vera and later blend all the ingredients together until it becomes smooth. Put the ingredients in a cup. Next add the 1/2 cup lemon juice and 1tbsp honey. Later add some crushed ice in a drinking glass and then pour equal quantities of juice over it. Try to serve immediately.


Aloe Vera With Lemon Juice

Aloe vera and lemon helps to flush out toxins from the body. Place the juice of one lemon in a blender and then add water, honey and aloe vera juice into it. Allow it to blend gently. Next garnish the drink with few leaves of fresh mint. These are ways you can use aloe vera in food (fruit juice).


Aloe Vera With Cranberry

If you are looking for an anti-oxidant and beta carotene and other essential nutrients than opt for a glass of cranberry juice with aloe vera. Take 1 cup of cranberry juice with 2 green apples. Later add 2 carrots and 2 pears into the ingredients. Now try to use a blender for a smooth texture. Add the ingredients in a drinking glass. Next add 2 tbsp of aloe vera juice into it. Make sure to serve immediately.


Green Aloe Vera Smoothie

If you are looking for ways to rejuvenate and feel energetic then try to have healthy green aloe vera smoothie. Take a glass of coconut water and then add small amount of kale in a bowl. Try to put 1 cup of pineapple cubes and half of finely sliced cucumber into the ingredients. Later add 2 tbsp of aloe vera juice and half cup of mango. Make sure to blend the mixture and pour it in a glass to drink.


Apple And Cucumber

Take 1 cup of cucumber juice and 1 cup of apple juice. Later mix 2 tbsp of aloe vera pulp into the ingredients. Try to blend apple and cucumber until it gets smooth and frothy. Next add lemon juice into the mixture and serve the drink with ice cubes in it.


Ginger And Orange

To beat the summer heat, try experimenting with iced aloe vera lemonade with ginger and orange. Take 1/2 cup of fresh aloe vera gel, 1/2 cup of ice cubes, 1/2 lemon juice. Later add 3 tbsp of your favorite sweetener to the mixture. Next try to mix the ingredients with 1 cup of fresh ginger juice and then splash orange juice into it when you are ready to serve.


Carrot And Pineapple

This is the an other interesting recipe to use with aloe vera in food. Take 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple, 1 carrot, 1 green apple, 1 tbsp of aloe vera pulp and finally add one tbsp of coconut milk into it. Blend all the ingredients together and pour it in a drinking glass. You should try to serve the juice immediately.


Strawberries And Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera and strawberries has a healthy punch. They are nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants such as vitamin C. Take 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup aloe vera juice, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup orange juice in a bowl. Put all these ingredients in a blender. Try to blend until smooth.


Avocado And Aloe Vera Juice

Avocado has a rich variety of heart nutrients such as vitamin E. It helps in preventing cholesterol oxidation. Consuming aloe vera and avocado can protect you from signs of ageing with its antioxidant carotenoids. Take 1 cup coconut water, 1/2 cup aloe vera juice, 1/2 cucumber, 1/3 avocado and 2 cups of organic berries in large bowl. Next add handful of blue berries and raspberries. Finally include 1 cup of lime juice and honey into these ingredients. Blend all of them together and consume immediately.

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Story first published: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 21:04 [IST]
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