So, yes, why drink Aloe? I know of nobody who drinks it because they love its taste! You really can't compare it with Champagne – or even with Chardonnay. It doesn't make you lick your lips and wish for an immediate refill.
Despite this, millions of people globally drink it on a daily basis. Why is this?
I started drinking it because my dog did. Sam had been told it might help his stiff limbs. I noticed after about a fortnight that it was helping. Or, if it wasn't (I was very skeptical back then) something was , because suddenly he was behaving more like a puppy than an arthritic eight-year old.
What was going on? And who had told Sam that an Aloe Vera drink might help him? Actually, it was my daughter – who had once been given a yellow tub of the stuff and been told its contents might help her Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Arthritis, IBS – to the best of my knowledge these conditions were unrelated and yet undeniably both my dog and my daughter seemed to be benefiting from drinking Aloe Vera Gel.
It turned out from my subsequent research that Aloe Vera has natural anti-inflammatory and painkilling properties.
It is also a useful source of minerals (including calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc) – and vitamins (even trace elements of vitamin B12 which is rarely found in plants), such as vitamin A , vitamin C, vitamin E and folic acid.
Wow, now I was beginning to be interested!
I learned next (from a distinguished doctor, no less) that the Aloe Vera Gel in the succession of yellow tubs that had now become permanent fixtures in my fridge was a general tonic for good health .
So by drinking it, with all its important ingredients (often now deficient in food), the body can function at 100%, giving drinkers a wonderful sense of well-being.
By starting to drink it too, I soon found that this was true – and looked into those 'important ingredients'. These include nineteen of the twenty amino acids needed by the human body, plus seven of the eight essential ones that just cannot be made.
Through drinking this particular Aloe Vera Gel, the body is able to get enough amino acids, minerals and vitamins to allow complex enzyme systems to work really well. Hence the wonderful feeling of well-being – backed up by aloe's long chain of sugar or polysaccharide that has the capability of being able to help us defend against attacks by various viruses, from the common cold to nastier varieties!
Why drink aloe? It might not taste like Champagne (which can certainly also give a great sense of well-being) but do you agree that it reaches parts of us those bubbles can't reach?