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Aloe vera was best known for one main purpose: to soothe your skin that got a little too much TLC under the sun. Since then, things have modernized as aloe vera is now used as a juice that can improve specific body systems and overall health. In other words, this isn't your grandma's aloe vera.

The liquid extracted from the leaves of the aloe vera plant has long been regarded as a medicinal agent. In order to get the most benefit from the juice, it needs to be purchased from a reputable source in alternative therapies, such as the natural health care company, Fruit of the Earth. We've got the latest on all this product has to offer.

Look for a pure juice

Want the very best of aloe vera juice? Shop for one that is pure, with no added sugar or chemical preservatives. The aloe juice from Fruit of the Earth contains no added sugars or starches. In addition, the juice is made from organically grown aloe vera plants. This is important because the chemicals to fertilize plants and ward off pests can soak into the plants and then be transferred to the juice. Because Fruit of the Earth's aloe plants are grown organically without pesticides, the juices are pure without the dangers of chemical additives.

Choose one with flavor for your preference

Unless you were dared $10 from your little brother growing up to taste aloe vera, you have no idea what it tastes like. Surprisingly, the aloe vera drinks have an earthy, herbal taste. Knowing that many people would like to glean the benefits of the aloe juice but don't like the plant-like flavor, Fruit of the Earth has created a flavored aloe juice. The "Wild Berry Aloe Juice" is infused with berries, which not only adds a pleasant taste but also infuses the beverage with natural antioxidants. The berries add a natural sweetness, but the juice contains no added sugars!

Aloe juice has a detoxifying effect

Fruit of the Earth aloe juices are known to have a detoxifying effect when taken internally on a regular basis. Aloe juice will benefit both the digestive and circulatory system by helping to eliminate harmful elements in those systems. Juice from Fruit of the Earth will help rid the intestinal tract of bacteria and purify the blood of toxins. Talk about a detox.

Due to its cleansing effect of the circulatory system, aloe juice will lead to brighter, clearer skin. Going TMI here a moment, but because of its mild laxative effect on the digestive system, aloe vera juice can encourage routine bowel movements, which will help eliminate the buildup of fecal matter from the colon.

Other internal benefits

Due to aloe vera's natural cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties, drinking Fruit of the Earth aloe juice can help improve oral health. In addition, it can regulate blood sugar and help reduce hypertension—perfect for those known to get stressed out easily.

In addition, aloe juice is known to regulate the digestive system and soothe digestive conditions, such as ulcers, when consumed in small amounts, such as 2 tsp. four times a day. (Larger amounts can actually exacerbate the problem, so sip carefully!).

Weight loss

Your New Year's resolutions just got that much easier. Aloe has a cleansing effect on the digestive system by ridding the colon of buildup, making it an effective addition to your healthy food and drink rotation. Aloe also helps control the body's metabolic rate. It will encourage the body to metabolize energy at a faster rate, forcing the body to draw on stores of fat and carbohydrates.

From soothing painful sunburns to adding health benefits and flavor to your favorite drinks, the final verdict is in: aloe vera just got cool.