ALOE VERA - MORE THAN JUST A PLANT
***We are not claiming Aloebirra™ is a 100% hangover-free beer so please spare us the lawsuits***
Aloe Vera is no ordinary plant. Not at all. With its uses many and close in-between, it has played a pivotal role in societies and cultures across the globe for over 2000 years. From the Aztecs of the Amazon using it to heal their wounds after battle to the Ancient Romans offering the plant to their gods, Aloe Vera has firmly established itself as the most powerful plant in the Age of Man.
So what makes Aloe Vera so great? Aloe Vera boasts a myriad of health-benefits from healing burns and improving dental hygiene to possessing anticancer and antiaging qualities. The magical elixir contains a smorgasbord of vitamins including A, C, E, folic acid, choline, B1, B2, B3 (niacin), B6 and is also one of the few plants that contains vitamin B12. Some of the 20 minerals found in Aloe Vera include: calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, manganese. It’s antioxidant, antibiotic, antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Aloe Vera also contains a variety of fatty acids as well as all of the amino acids and more that are essential to human life.
In the context of alcohol, some nutrients contained in Aloe Vera stand out a little more than others…
- Depleted from the body when one drinks alcohol (1), Vitamin B is essential to the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system (2).
- During one study, Vitamin B6 reduced the number of hangover symptoms in participants by around 50 percent (3).
- In another study, a supplement containing Vitamins B-1 and B-6 was shown to help reduce hangover symptoms in 88% of subjects (4)
- Alcohol also drains the body of Vitamin C (1) – a nutrient that reduces fatigue, muscle pains and general lethargy (5).
- As a powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C is known to fight against harmful by-products of alcohol consumption known as ‘free radicals’ (6).
- Reduces alcohol-induced oxidative stress in your liver and helps to detoxify alcohol in the body (7).
- Alcohol reduces Magnesium levels in the body. It is a nutrient that fuels more than 300 different enzyme processes and is often referred to as the ‘anti-stress’ mineral (1).
- A Magnesium deficiency may cause trembling, inner unrest, muscle tension, fatigue, and poor sleep (1).
- Magnesium is one of the essential electrolytes needed for efficient hydration (8).
- In its response to alcohol consumption, the body produces a toxic metabolite compound called acetaldehyde (9) which is a harmful substance often responsible for the feeling of nausea and vomiting (10).
- Specifically, Aloe Vera contains Glutamine, Ornithine, and Glutathione (11).
- These amino acids work in synergy and are core to the normal functioning of the liver (12, 13) – the major detoxifying organ responsible for processing alcohol and harmful acetaldehyde.
ALOE GREAT NIGHTS, ALOE GREAT MORNINGS!
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(2) Independent Living (2020) Vitamin B12, Available at: https://www.independentliving.co.uk/advice/vitamin-b12/#:~:text=Vitamin%20B12%2C%20is%20responsible%20for,water%20soluble%20vitamin%20containing%20cobalt. (Accessed: 2020).
(3) Khan, A; Jensen, K; & Krogh, J (1973) ‘Alcohol-induced hangover: A double-blind comparison of pyritinol and placebo in preventing hangover symptoms’, Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 34(), pp. 1195–1201 [Online]. Available at: https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1974-20470-001 (Accessed: 2020).
(4) Purple Tree (2019) B-Vitamins for a hangover: do they work?, Available at: https://gotpurpletree.com/blogs/journal/b-vitamins-for-a-hangover-do-they-work (Accessed: 2020).
(5) Harding, M (2018) Vitamin C deficiency, Available at: https://patient.info/healthy-living/vitamin-c-deficiency-leaflet#:~:text=Persistent%20lack%20of%20vitamin%20C,diet%20rich%20in%20vitamin%20C. (Accessed: 2020).
(6) Arnarson, A (2019) Antioxidants explained in simple terms, Available at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/antioxidants-explained#free-radicals (Accessed: 2020).
(7) Li, S; Tan, HY; Wang, N; Zhang, ZJ; Lao, L; Wong, CW; Feng, Y (2015) ‘The role of oxidative stress and antioxidants in liver diseases’, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 16(11), pp. 26087–26124 [Online]. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4661801/ (Accessed: 2020).
(8) Seidenburg, C (2017) There’s no magic bullet for fitness, but magnesium comes close, Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/magnesium-does-a-body-good/2016/11/17/f90cedfa-ab4b-11e6-a31b-4b6397e625d0_story.html (Accessed: 2020).
(9) Zakhari, S (2006) ‘Overview: how is alcohol metabolized by the body?’, Alcohol research & health : the journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 29(4), pp. 245-254 [Online]. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6527027/# (Accessed: 2020).
(10) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (2007) Alcohol metabolism: an update, Available at: https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa72/aa72.htm (Accessed: 2020).
(11) Coats, B (2003) Aloe Vera The New Millennium: The Future of Wellness in the 21st Century. [Online]. Available at: https://books.google.co.uk/booksid=XZQJ7hkfqMIC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_book_other_versions_r&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false (Accessed: 2020).
(12) Holford, P (2016) Protecting your liver from alcohol and recovering from Hepatitis C, Available at: https://www.patrickholford.com/advice/protecting-liver-from-alcohol-recovering-from-hepatitis-c (Accessed: 2020).
(13) Durgun, M; Ozhasenekler, A; Dursun, R; Basarali, K; Turkcu, G; Orak, M; Ustundag, M; & Guloglu, C (2015) ‘Effect of L-ornithine L-aspartate on Liver Injury Due to Acute Ethyl Alcohol Intoxication in Rats’, The West Indian Medical Journal, 64(3), pp. 189-194 [Online]. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4763889/ (Accessed: 2020).
Disclaimer: We are not claiming Aloebirra™ is a 100% hangover-free beer. We are merely highlighting the possibility of a more favourable feeling the next morning if one chooses to drink a reduced alcohol beer containing a substance known to counter hangover symptoms, compared with how one may feel after consuming the same volume of a higher strength alcoholic beverage without such. We are also not claiming that Aloebirra™ is healthy. The health benefits of Aloe Vera (as a substance alone) which we have outlined are only ‘proposed’. We have tried to ensure that these claims are backed by supporting evidence from reputable sources. Excessive consumption of Aloe Vera can have adverse side-effects. One should consult a doctor if they have any further questions or queries. Always drink responsibly.