November 10, 2020 3 min read
The difference between using aloe Vera juice vs gel generally depends on the intention of the user, but which is more effective for you? Aloe Vera has many different applications. Oral consumption has been found to help with everything from helping balance stomach acid and healthy digestion to promoting good gut flora. Topical applications are applied for a variety of skin health benefits. Given how many different uses there are for Aloe Vera, it’s no wonder you see it cropping up in all sorts of products and uses.
The medicinal uses of Aloe Vera can be traced back several thousand years. Found in the ancient cultures of Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome, Aloe Vera was hailed as the ‘plant of immortality’ in the Middle East during biblical times, whereas the dynastic Chinese referred to it as the ‘elixir of youth.’ Throughout the ages, Aloe Vera has been known by many names—the "burn plant", "first aid plant" and even the "medicine plant". We don't make any claims as to specific medicinal uses of Aloe Vera, however it has clearly been used all over the world for millennia.
Aloe Vera juice and gel are both derived from the leaf pulp of the plant. It has quickly grown in popularity due to its many topical and oral applications, from after sun exposure for its nourishing, moisturizing, and soothing properties to the inclusion in health drinks. The production of Aloe Vera begins by crushing, grinding or pressing of the entire leaf of the plant to produce a liquid (i.e. juice). Processing involves several steps, including filtration and stabilization to preserve the biological integrity of the active ingredients that are associated with Aloe Vera. The resulting juice is then mixed with a thickening agent to form a gel in the consistency a particular food, pharmaceutical, or cosmetic product is looking for. While the raw pulp that comes from the plant is somewhat similar to what most people think of as gel, how it gets there is quite different and the actual "gel" texture is due to additives in pure Aloe Vera Gel.
It’s important to note that proper procedures must be adhered to in processing Aloe Vera. The improper processing of Aloe Vera will result in the loss of its active ingredients as its essential bioactive components breakdown rather quickly. Consumers should be aware when purchasing Aloe Vera to only purchase products processed from freshly harvested aloe leaves. Transport from the field to the processing plant needs to be on site, such as AloeCure's products, or refrigerated in order to keep all the active ingredients intact.
Aloe Vera gel is designed for topical application, which has a long list of skin health benefits. Aloe Vera gel contains the two hormones Auxin and Gibberellins, that aid in hydrating and soothing skin to support skin wellness. Aloe Vera gel is safe for external use, allergies are rare, and adverse reactions with other medications have not been reported. Among its many benefits, topical Aloe Vera gel helps with:
Unlike gel, Aloe Vera juice (otherwise known as "extract") is specially processed and filtered to remove natural compounds that could be digestive irritants. For the same reason you don't want to eat a whole Aloe Vera leaf, you'll want to make sure the Aloe Vera products you buy are specially designed for oral consumption, containing only the acemannan and other natural compounds that provide a benefit. We recommend inner gel aloe juice and avoid whole leaf aloe juice, but any aloe juice for consumption should be decolorized or contain less than 1 part per million of aloin, the plants bitter tasting and natural defense system that is also has laxative properties. The colorless, watery, Aloe Vera juice is also a storehouse of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A, C and E, and B complex vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12. It is a good plant source of folic acids, too. Aloe Vera has the minerals iron, copper, zinc, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and chromium present in varying quantities.
While safe to apply topically, most Aloe Vera juice benefits are found through oral consumption and its texture makes it ideally suited for this. Consuming Aloe Vera juice:
The major difference between Aloe Vera juice and gel is that the gel is best used topically while juice is made to be orally consumed. That being the case, gel may be better for you if you are looking for external skin application and supporting your skin while consuming the juice is better suited for gastric and internal well being.
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