Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a plant with many different effects. Topically used as burn reliever (specially sunburn), wound healer (even Canker Sores) and as an acne treatment. When orally taken, it can provide various benefits, like digestive help, natural laxative effect, weight control, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and some other functions.


  • Origin Plant Based
  • Source Itself
  • Type Amino Acid, Vitamin, Mineral, Phytochemicals, Enzymes, Salicylic Acids
  • Age Range Adults (20-59)
  • Toxicity Toxic in high doses
  • Side effects Nausea, Diarrhea, Abdominal Pain, Hepatotoxic, Cramps
  • Warnings Pregnancy, Hepatic Diseases

Why be Careful

The high concentrations of anthraquinones in Aloe Vera may induce abortion, once it has stimulant effects in the large intestine, that can produce reflexes on uterine muscles. When consumed in excess, anthraquinones can result in severe diarrhea, cramps and nausea. Chronic use of Aloe Vera is also associated with severe acute hepatitis when consumed in high doses (250-500mg a day) for as long as 4 weeks. All the cases in literature confirm that the disease is reverted within weeks after Aloe Vera intake is suspended. Note that all cases were diagnosed before any complications.


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  16. a b Saito M, et al. Aloe vera Gel Extract Attenuates Ethanol-Induced Hepatic Lipid Accumulation by Suppressing the Expression of Lipogenic Genes in MiceBiosci Biotechnol Biochem. (2012)
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