What You Need To Know About Aloe Vera Juice For Heartburn

You might have heard that aloe vera gel soothes irritated skin. But did you know aloe vera can soothe your esophagus too? Aloe vera juice for heartburn is an effective remedy. But there can be dangers associated with it’s use that you need to be aware of. Make sure you know what to look out for before you drink aloe vera juice.

Aloe Vera Juice For Heartburn

Health benefits of aloe vera juice

Aloe vera has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which can your help acid reflux and GERD symptoms. It works by reducing acid production in your stomach and acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, which reduces your pain.

Aloe vera is a highly nutritious plant, so drinking the juice is very good for you, whether you are using it to treat heartburn or not. It’s juice contains 75 different nutrients that are beneficial for your health; including many vitamins, folic acid, a host of minerals, enzymes that aid digestion, and most of the essential amino acids to name a few.

Aloe vera juice for heartburn

You can find aloe vera gel when you break open a leaf of an aloe vera plant. Aloe juices, which is what you use as a heartburn treatment, are found in the aloe latex, which is the inner lining of the plant’s leaves.

Compared to conventional medication, you will find there are rarely adverse side effects from consuming aloe vera juice if taken correctly.

A study of 79 participants was conducted to compare the effectiveness of aloe vera juice (or syrup) to conventional heartburn medication (H2 blockers and Proton Pump Inhibitors). It was found that while aloe vera was a good treatment for GERD, it wasn’t as effective as conventional medication. It should be noted however, that there were no side effects in the group that took aloe vera, whereas, there were some adverse effects in the groups that took conventional medication.

Aloe vera juice is a safe, effective and well-tolerated treatment for GERD. You just need to know how to use it correctly.

Warnings about aloe vera juice

Between the green skin and the fleshy inner leaf, you will find aloin, which is a very bitter yellow-brown sticky substance. In small amounts, aloin is a potent natural laxative. In large doses it is an intestinal irritant which may cause you to have cramping, diarrhea and electrolyte imbalance. If you consume aloin for a long time, it may also cause colon cancer. Due to this link, you shouldn’t use aloin as a laxative, and it’s no longer medically recommended as a laxative anyway.

Fortunately, aloin can be removed from aloe vera juice for your safe consumption. When you buy aloe vera juice for heartburn, you need to look for aloe vera juice that has been decolorized and purified, or is latex free.

Aloin is said to be safe for you at 10 ppm (parts per million), but most manufacturers report that their aloe vera juice contains around 1ppm. You can find this information on the packaging.

Also, aloe vera is not suitable if you are:

  • pregnant – can cause miscarriage
  • diabetic – interferes with medication and can cause hypoglycemia

Aloe vera allergy

If you are one of a very unlucky few, you may be allergic to aloe vera. If you suffer cramps or diarrhea, you should stop using aloe vera immediately. Should your symptoms persist, it is probably not caused by aloe vera. Seek medical advice if you are concerned.

How to use aloe vera juice for heartburn

You can buy aloe vera juice from your grocery store or health food store, but make sure you get one that that is decolorized and purified, or is latex free. You can also make your own aloe vera juice for heartburn, which we’ll discuss shortly.

The amount you should consume really depends on the brand you have bought and how concentrated the juice is. But mostly, it is suggested you drink between 1 to 8oz of aloe vera juice for heartburn per day.

Usually, taking aloe vera juice alone will not cure your heartburn – be sure to eliminate the heartburn foods and triggers from your diet. Also, try and follow a healthy lifestyle in order to stay on top on your health. There are additional tips for you at the end of this article that will go a long way to curing your heartburn .

If your heartburn persists, then such natural remedies might not be enough for you. In that case, you will have to turn to your chosen medical professional for help.

Other ways to drink aloe vera juice for heartburn

You don’t have to drink your aloe vera juice neat, unless you like it that way of course. You can try adding aloe vera juice to:

  • smoothies – choose ingredients that don’t trigger your heartburn. Here’s a good article for you about the best milks for acid reflux, and a yummy smoothie recipe.
  • non-acidic juices such as carrot and apple; why not try making fresh carrot, apple and ginger juice? Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and small amounts may also reduce the chances of stomach acid refluxing.

Store bought vs home made aloe vera juice for heartburn

Store bought aloe vera juice is convenient, but good quality brands can be expensive. It may also contain preservatives or a lot of sugar. Did you know that sugar converts to acid in your stomach? So, too much isn’t good for your acid reflux. Artificial sweeteners are even worse. Remember to only buy aloe vera juice that has been decolorized and purified, or is latex free to minimize aloin, which can be toxic (if you missed it, read about the dangers associated with aloin above).

On the other hand, if you make your own aloe vera juice for heartburn, you control the ingredients that go in it. If you make it according to the recipe below, you will notice that your aloe vera juice has already been diluted, so you might be able to drink one 8oz glass per day. Don’t drink too much, and if you’re in doubt, consult your health professional. Making your own juice is inexpensive, or free if you have an aloe vera plant or two. They are very easy to propagate. Just make sure you heed to warnings below.

How to make aloe vera juice for heartburn

If you’re feeling adventurous, you may like to try making your own fresh aloe vera juice. It’s easy and you only need 2 ingredients – inner leaf aloe vera and water. Any other ingredients you add are optional.

There are 2 things you need to be aware of when making aloe vera juice:

  1. Make sure you cut off all of the green skin as it’s very bitter.
  2. You need to thoroughly remove all the sticky gel on the leaf because this is a very strong laxative which is toxic. You can remove the sticky gel by rinsing the inner leaf in water. Save

The following recipe and video are republished courtesy of yummymummykitchen.com. I have made a few comments to help you adjust the recipe to make it more suitable for heartburn relief.

Ingredients

1/2 large aloe vera leaf
1 quart (or 1 liter) of filtered water (or tap water)
2 limes, juiced (optional) – if you have heartburn, you may be able to tolerate the lime juice. Even though it’s acidic, small amounts of acidic juice help neutralize stomach acid.
2 tablespoons agave syrup (optional) – try a small amount of maple syrup for heartburn, or leave the sugar out. You’ll be surprised how quickly you get used to the taste.

Method

  1. Cut a large aloe vera leaf in half.
  2. Use a sharp knife to carefully remove the skin. Be careful, as the aloe is very slippery. Discard the skin.
  3. Rinse the aloe gel to remove some of the bitterness.
  4. Place the peeled and rinsed aloe in a blender. Add the fresh water, lime juice, and sweetener.
  5. Blend the water and aloe into a juice. Some people like to aloe vera completely dissolved, while others prefer little chewy bits. Strain the juice if you prefer it that way.
  6. Taste the aloe juice and add more sweetener or lime juice to taste. Serve immediately over ice or refrigerate for up to one week.

Other benefits of aloe vera juice

Aside from heartburn, there are many other ways you can use aloe vera:

  • Healing wounds -due to antibacterial, antiviral, and antiseptic properties.
  • Reduces dental plaque
  • Treats canker sores
  • Helps constipation
  • Improves skin
  • Lower’s blood sugar levels

Other ways to reduce heartburn naturally

If you’re going to use aloe vera juice for heartburn, it should be done in conjunction with natural remedies:

  • avoid your acid reflux trigger foods
  • eat small frequent meals
  • allow 2-3 hours after eating/drinking before you lie down
  • elevate your head and torso when sleeping
  • do exercises that don’t aggravate your heartburn most days
  • avoid alcohol, or drink moderate amounts of alcohol that doesn’t cause heartburn
  • quit smoking

The final word on aloe vera juice for heartburn

Heartburn and acid reflux are pre-cursers to GERD. It is important that you get on top of heartburn and acid reflux before your symptoms are bad enough to be diagnosed with GERD. Because aloe vera juice for heartburn is a safe, effective and well-tolerated treatment, it is a good natural remedy for you to try in conjunction with the other ways mentioned above to reduce or cure heartburn naturally. If natural treatments don’t work, you should seek medical advice.