12 Side Effects Of Aloe Vera Juice You Should Be Aware Of June 21, 2016

Aloe Vera is a succulent cactus plant, belonging to the family Liliaceae. It is widely known as “the Miracle plant” for its various medical, cosmetic and nutraceutical purposes. Aloe vera gel is a slick substance that is extracted from the interior of the aloe vera leaf, while latex refers to the yellow part which lies beneath the leaf skin.

Aloe Vera Juice Side Effects:

Applying aloe vera gel is considered safe, but consuming unprocessed juice extracted from the latex can cause several side effects leading to major health risks. Some of the side effects of aloe vera juice are:

1. Aloe vera juice contains a substance called anthraquinone, a laxative, which can cause diarrhea if taken in large amounts. Severe diarrhea can cause pain, cramps and dehydration.

2. Consult your doctor before consuming aloe vera juice, especially if you’re undergoing a medical treatment or taking prescribed drugs, as the juice may cause adverse reactions when consumed along with few medicines. Laxative in aloe vera may even inhibit the absorption of some drugs in the body. Aloe vera juice also reacts to herbs like jalap roots, castor oil, rhubarb root and bark root, causing dehydration and diarrhea. Fenugreek and garlic do not digest well with aloe juice; it can lower blood sugar and potassium levels in the body.

3. Drinking aloe vera juice can result in allergic reactions like skin rash or hives, itchy or swollen skin, difficulty in breathing, chest pain and throat irritation.

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4. Aloe vera juice contains latex, an ingredient which has many health risks associated with it. It can aggravate health problems like colitis, Crohn’s disease, appendicitis, diverticulosis, intestinal obstruction, hemorrhoid, stomach pains and ulcers. There are also reports which suggest of hepatitis caused by consumption of aloe vera juice, becoming a cause of concern for people with liver problems.

5. Pregnant and lactating women are strictly forbidden from consuming aloe vera juice, due to its purgative and irritant qualities. It may stimulate uterine contractions in pregnant women, leading to miscarriage and birth defects. Lactating women should also refrain from consuming aloe vera juice, as it contains anthraquinone which may lead to diarrhea. It is also considered unsafe for children below 12 years of age.

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6. People, who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal problem, should not drink aloe vera juice, as it contains high amount of laxatives which can increase the severity of the problem.

7. Drinking unprocessed aloe vera juice can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalance in the body. It also changes urine color to pink or red in color.

8. Consumption of aloe vera juice can lead the body to produce excessive amounts of adrenaline, which can be harmful for people suffering from heart conditions. It can also lower potassium levels in the body, causing irregular heartbeats, weakness and soft muscles. Hence, it is not recommended for children and elderly people.

9. Consuming aloe vera juice, for more than a year can cause pseudomelanosis coli, a condition which increases the risk of colorectal cancer. There are even possibilities of developing carcinogenic risk if consumed in high amounts.

10. Aloe vera juice helps to lower blood sugar levels by decreasing insulin resistance in the body. Thus, people who are undergoing treatment for hypoglycemia or diabetes should consult their physician before consuming aloe vera juice.

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11. Overdose of aloe vera juice can cause blood build-up in the pelvis, which leads to kidney damage.

12. Prolonged usage of aloe vera juice can increase the risk of constipation. Also, intake of aloe latex can cause depletion of the potassium from the cells of the intestinal lining.

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Drinking Aloe vera juice side effects are most commonly experienced by people who consume excessive amounts, exceeding the recommended dosage.

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  • Liseena

    OMG! Aloe vera causes side effects too! This fact is causing me goosebumps. Hope many of us will not be aware of this. Consulting doctor before taking it in any form is really essential. Thanq Arshi very much for sharing this article without which i would not be knowing this.

  • Vanita

    This is a kind of an article that is needed! Most people including me assume that a natural ingredient having side effects is next to impossible. It is certainly better to get a consult before consuming anything! Thanks.

  • Merliin

    Can you explain what evidence you have for this statement :
    ‘8. Consumption of aloe vera juice can lead the body to produce excessive amounts of adrenaline’

    You have made alot of health warnings without citing any sources to your claims, unless we are supposed to talk your word for gospel?

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  • http://retmeishka.wordpress.com/ Nicole Binns

    Last night I bought a can of aloe vera drink at the grocery store. I’ve bought other exotic drinks from that brand before, such as mangosteen and lychee drinks, which I enjoyed. But for some reason, I always was nervous about the idea of drinking aloe vera, and I couldn’t remember why, I just vaguely remembered that I might have read something bad about it long ago.

    Well, so last night I tried it on a whim. I got down about three tiny sips of it before I had to stop drinking. It irritated my throat immediately and made me feel like I was going to throw up. Later on in the nighttime, I had some strange effects too, but that might have been caused by another new food that I tried for the first time (goji berries), and I don’t want to blame it all on the aloe vera. I usually don’t try a whole bunch of new foods at once, and that way, I’ll know exactly which foods caused the symptoms if anything bad happens.

    So, this morning, the ‘laxative effect’ of the aloe vera suddenly and unexpectedly kicked in, and I had had only three tiny sips of the drink. I do not want to imagine what would have happened if I had drunk the entire can. Fortunately, I was at home. I wasn’t constipated at the time, and so, an intense laxative effect wasn’t really needed.

    So… yeah, aloe vera, use with caution.

    Oh yeah, I also felt like it was causing me to wake up and feel panicky, and I saw somewhere that it triggered the production of adrenaline. That could have been what was causing that for me last night. I’m still trying to distinguish between the strange effects the goji berries might have caused, versus the strange effects the aloe vera might have caused. I suspect the goji berries are what gave me the illusions, hallucinations, and fear in the middle of the night, so that I had to turn the light on all night long. That probably wasn’t the aloe vera. But I did feel something like adrenaline too. I also had apnea, which I am blaming on the goji berries.