Allow me to take some attention off apple cider vinegar  for a moment and shed light on another drink that's been popping in conversations and is even included in some of our favorite cold-pressed juice blends : aloe vera.
As a topical agent, aloe vera can alleviate general discomfort  from a bad sunburn (and has also shown some promise as a treatment for psoriasis), but imbibing this plant is a whole different story. Researchers believe that the complex carbohydrates  found in the juice are where this plant's powers truly reside — it also contains a number of digestive enzymes, antioxidants, and a natural form of aspirin. With all this said, there are some promised benefits — with some having more merit than others — so get the facts and drink with care.
Digestion: Historically, aloe vera has been used as an effective natural laxative , since the juice of the plant encourages the bowels to move and helps with elimination . After sipping the juice, it takes about 10 hours for aloe to get things going. Be careful about relying on this as a long-term cure, since using aloe regularly can affect the lining of the intestines.
Blood sugar: Early research suggests that aloe vera juice can help lower blood sugar levels  in people with type 2 diabetes. However, more thorough testing is needed to determine how beneficial aloe is in the situation, since studies have had conflicting results.
Cholesterol: Although the data is considered insufficient to support this claim, there is a small amount of evidence that suggests taking aloe orally can lower cholesterol . Once again, more studies are needed to see if aloe fulfills this promise!
You should be forewarned, aloe vera juice has a strong, pungent taste. If you can't cope with taking it straight, blend it in a smoothie or juice. Try this fruity strawberry, banana, and aloe vera smoothie  or our avocado, spinach, and aloe smoothie , which is perfect for a day of detox. The recommended serving size for aloe one tablespoon  up to two times a day.
— Additional reporting by Michele Foley