Side Effects of Aloe Vera
- Taking aloe latex in high doses can cause side effects such as stomach pain and cramps. Long term use of aloe latex can cause diarrhea, kidney problems low potassium, muscle weakness and heart issues.
- There are certain reports of aloe vera gel and latex causing miscarriage and birth defects in infants. So, it is best not to take aloe vera gel or latex if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Children younger than 12 years might experience stomach pain, cramps and diarrhea after consuming aloe vera gel.
- People suffering from diabetes should keep a track of their blood glucose level while consuming aloe vera gel because it can lower blood sugar drastically.
- People suffering from intestinal conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc should not consume aloe latex because the latex is a bowel irritant.
- People suffering from hemorrhoids should not take aloe latex because it can make the condition worse.
- High doses of aloe latex can cause kidney failure and other kidney problems.
What should be the Recommended Dosage of Aloe Vera?
- Constipation – Take 100 to 200 milligrams of aloe vera on a daily basis.
- Wound healing, psoriasis, skin infection – Apply a cream with 0.5% aloe extract 3 times a day.
- Dental plaque and gum disease – Use a toothpaste containing aloe vera extract for 24 weeks.
- High cholesterol – Take 1 capsule of aloe vera containing 300 milligrams 2 times daily for 2 months.
- IBS (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) – Take 100 milliliters of aloe vera 2 times daily for 4 weeks.
- Skin Burn – Apply an ointment with 97.5% aloe vera gel on the burn till it heals completely.
- Dry scalp or dandruff – Add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel to your regular shampoo and use it to wash your scalp and hair.