Does Aloe Vera Have Side Effects?

March 05, 2021 4 min read

Aloe Vera gel is an all-natural and non-toxic product (when processed correctly) derived from the succulent plant species of the same name. Nicknamed “The Plant of Immortality,” for thousands of years the remarkable botanical has been known for its wellness properties. Today we know Aloe Vera as a nutrient-dense plant that many consider a superfood. Aloe Vera has more than 200 active nutrients and is a natural source of antioxidants, folic acid, and is loaded with multiple vitamins, important minerals, 20 amino acids, and 7 key enzymes that support the digestion of food and nutrient absorption. Research has shown Aloe's health benefits are numerous, from supporting the immune system to helping moisturize and rejuvenate skin and helping maintain digestive wellness. So the question ‘Does Aloe Vera have side effects?’ has an expected answer. Still not sure what it is?

 

IS ALOE VERA SAFE?

When taking or applying Aloe Vera gel as recommended, or products made from the gel, it is perfectly safe when prepared correctly with Aloin content less than 10 parts per million. Products from AloeCure have less than 1 part per million of Aloin. Aloe is safe to consume orally and is listed in federal regulations as a natural substance to be used in foods and drinks. As with any product, natural or synthetic,the potential for adverse side effects from using Aloe Vera happens when not following recommended dosages or directions. As with all substances, there are also rare occurrences where people have allergies to Aloe Vera and an allergic reaction may occur. Otherwise, studies have shown Aloe Vera gel safe to take or apply. So when answering the question of ‘Does Aloe Vera have side effects?’, we can definitively say Aloe Gel does not except in rare instances related to allergic reactions. 

ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS TO CONSUMING ALOE VERA?

The potential for adverse side effects lies in consuming the wrong part of the plant. Each Aloe Vera leaf contains two substances:

  • Inner Gel - A clear gel that contains acemannan, the unique compound that gives Aloe Vera its benefits
  • Outer Skin - Within the outer rind or skin, there is a yellow-colored latex substance that lies just below the surface of the rind of the leaf. The yellow latex contains the chemical compound aloin, an anthraquinone glycoside with powerful laxative properties. Anthraquinone is a natural chemical found in mushrooms and other fungi, lichens, rhubarb root, alder tree bark, and flowering plants, of which Aloe Vera is one. Aloin functions as the plant's natural defense against bugs and pests. Aloin is the stuff you DO NOT want to consume. 

Aloin is the substance present in Aloe Vera that answer the much concerning question of does aloe vera have side effects? Still, the potential for any side effects from Aloe Vera is not from the inner gel, the nutrient rich part of the plant, but in consuming the latex. Just as any fruit or vegetable with a protective layer, to access Aloe Vera’s nutritional gel substance found on the inside, it must be peeled away.

Almost all Aloe Vera products, unless specifically identified, are processed to remove any aloin-containing parts of the plant and so are safe to use with no serious side effects aside from rare allergic reactions. The key differentiator in AloeCure products, and our Juice in particular, is how we do it. Nearly all other Aloe Vera products on the market utilize charcoal filtration or enzymes that they add to ground up Aloe Vera leaves to help remove the aloin. While that might sound fine, it also strips a large amount of the other components naturally found in Aloe Vera during the process. When you see other Aloe Vera Juices that are clear or don't have any smell or taste, that is almost certainly a sign they have used one of these two methods. While the taste of Aloe Vera isn't for everyone, if you aren't tasting it, you probably aren't drinking what you think you are. 

At AloeCure, we have developed an entirely natural and proprietary process by which we remove all Aloin from our products without the addition of outside ingredients or enzymes or charcoal filtration. AloeCure process all of our aloe within 12 Hours of Harvest from our Organic plantations in order to ensure maximum preservation of nutrients found in wild Aloe Vera.

Note: Although aloin can have laxative side effects, it is strongly recommend to avoid using it to relieve constipation. Only the inner gel of the Aloe Vera leaf is safe to eat, and the skin or rind should be avoided. 

 

ALOE VERA ALLERGIES

It is important to note that rare occurrences of Aloe Vera allergies can cause any of the following:

  • Rash
  • Redness or irritation of the skin
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing

If you experience any of the above after topically applying or consuming Aloe Vera, stop using it at once and talk to a medical professional.

Aloe Vera has long been marketed as an effective and safe botanical product. The risk of adverse side effects come when not following recommended dosages or directions. Consuming the latex substance can lead to potential harmful digestive reactions, and should not be taken orally. To avoid any negative side effects from Aloe Vera, before ingesting the gel in any form, make sure that the latex coating is carefully removed. Finally, before purchasing store-bought Aloe Vera products, read the label to ensure that it is made from pure Aloe Vera gel and that they are using a processing technique to remove aloin that maximizes the preservation of all the key nutrients in Aloe Vera.

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