Aloe Vera plant

What is the difference between Aloe Vera gel and Aloe Vera juice?

This is a very common question and as there is no strict labelling laws there are only general rules that can be applied.

Aloe Vera juices are made from the bitter part of the leaf known as Aloe Latex. There is very little to suggest that this part of the leaf carries any health benefits but it can be highly laxative.

Aloe Vera Gels are made from the inner 'gel' of the leaf which seems to be the most beneficial part of the plant.

This said some companies also use juice and gel as part of their labelling with juice for drinking and gel to be used on the skin. Some use carrageenan (from seaweed) which they add to the juice and then call it gel because it thickens the juice.

In general both quality aloe vera juices and gels can be taken orally and applied topically but check with the distributor or manufacturer first.

See also Good Quality Aloe Vera

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