Aloe Vera contains over 200 active components including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, polysaccharide, and fatty acids- no wonder it’s used for such a wide range of remedies. The bulk of the Aloe Vera leaf is filled with a clear gel-like substance, which is approximately 99% water. This plant is incredibly medicinal, yet there are some cautions against long-term use. Just because a little is beneficial, doesn’t mean that a lot is more beneficial. This is an incredibly potent herb and should be used with a level of respect for its potency. Long-term use can lead to loss of electrolytes, especially potassium. Avoid taking aloe internally during pregnancy, menstruation, if you have hemorrhoids or degeneration of the liver and gall bladder.
Researching the health benefits of aloe vera gel, a long varied list is compiled. The best way to find out if it is a cure for what ails you is to try it for a few days or a month. See if eating it provides relief from your symptoms or you feel more energized.
Some possible side effects mentioned were it may turn your urine a pink color, or you may experience intestinal cramps, fluid imbalance or electrolyte loss if you eat the bitter yellow part just under the leaf skin. Some other contraindications are found on sites such as the dangers of drinking aloe vera juice. Discuss it with your doctor first before you try it. Also, the ASPCA says aloe vera plants contain saponins which are toxic to dogs and cats so keep the plants away from them.
Here are some of the healing claims made for aloe vera:
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