Aloe vera is a plant in the lily family indigenous to Africa. It is easy to grow, and many people cultivate aloe vera all over the world, typically as a houseplant. There are many health benefits from ingesting aloe vera juice with the pulp, which is the meaty of the plant and boasts the most nutrients.
Aloe vera is beneficial for healing wounds, soothing burns, strengthening immune function, countering constipation and healing internal wounds, such as ulcers.
Aloe vera juice contains acemannan, a compound with antimicrobial and antiinflammatory properties. It also has anthroquinones and anthrones, both of which help reduce constipation and improve digestive system motility—the contractions that move food down the gastrointestinal system.
Aloe vera pulp is often found in beauty products and cosmetics because of its ability to retain moisture and soften skin.
Aloe vera juice and pulp are potentially most valuable for the elderly because of their ability to quickly heal wounds. Elderly patients are more likely to have bedsores and skin ulcerations, especially if they are bed-ridden.
Egyptians used aloe vera to soothe burns as far back as 1,500 B.C.