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Aloe Vera – Is it Safe to Eat?

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But over time, users build up a tolerance and require more and more latex. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration required all manufacturers to stop using aloe latex in laxatives beginning in 2002 due to safety concerns. Aloe latex is generally believed to be unsafe when taken by mouth, especially in large quantities. In addition to possible bowel disorders, aloe latex can cause serious kidney disease which may be fatal.

Cautions for Aloe

Aloe latex can cause serious complications when taken internally. Side effects may include intestinal cramps or diarrhea, kidney disease, and dependence on aloe latex for bowel function.

Aloe gel is considered safe when used to treat minor skin injuries and burns. It should not be used on deep wounds. Some people can have an allergic reaction to aloe gel on the skin resulting in a skin rash. Aloe gel is believed to be possibly safe when taken by mouth.

Talk to your health care provider about all supplements and herbal remedies you use, including aloe vera.

University of Maryland Medical Center
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Institutes of Health: Medline Plus

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EmpowHER Guest

Can you eat the skin of the aloe vera plant as well, besides the gel of the plant?

March 19, 2012 - 11:49am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

did you find out if you can eat it???

May 11, 2014 - 6:22am
EmpowHER Guest

can you eat an aloevera plant

June 23, 2011 - 4:36pm
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