Preparing Aloe Vera for consumption

Health

BY COREY ROBINSON Observer staff reporter robinsonc@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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Aloe Vera can be prepared in a variety of ways. It all comes down to how best persons can stomach its bitter taste, say experts.


"Scientific preparation is just to peel it, crush it with a fork, and just take a mouthful or a teaspoon full of it," explains Dr Garth Officer.


Officer, however, noted that persons usually prefer other methods, especially those that minimise the plant's bitter taste. "Some persons put it to soak in the water and then drink the water the following day. And a third choice would be to blend it with orange juice or grapefruit juice ," he continued, adding that persons also use mix honey with the plant extracts.


He noted, however, that the skin of the plant must not be used as it adds little to the plant's overall medicinal properties.


In some countries, Dr Officer said, the plant is eaten.


"Some people cook it and eat it. In some parts of Latin America and South East Asia they eat it as a vegetable," he said.






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