Thursday, 14 September 2017

Side-Effects Of Aloe Vera - You must know before using it !


Hello friends !!!

In the last two articles, I had told you about Health benefits of Aloe Vera.Aloe Vera is good for beauty and health. But, as I have told you, consuming anything just after reading or watching anywhere can be dangerous if we have half info.

A coin has two sides and anything even if natural can cause side-effects or harms. I always recommend my readers to be cautious about side-effects of  anything you consume or apply. Aloe Vera is acclaimed to be useful for beauty and medicinal uses. But, there are still not much evidences available to support it. Researches are still going on and more studies are needed. If one study shows it is beneficial for beauty or health, another research opposes it.

Today, I will tell you about side-effects of Aloe Vera.

So, let's begin...


1). Drug Contradiction :-

If you are on some treatment or taking medicines..drugs, you should be cautious about using Aloe Vera.
Aloe Vera with certain medicines can
cause drug contradiction and serious harmful effects.
It was seen that Aloe Vera shows interaction with certain medications. If you are taking any drug that is considered a substrate of Cytochrome P450 3A4 and CYP2D6, do not drink aloe vera juice. Aloe vera juice may increase the risk of side effects of these drugs.
Aloe Vera may also add to the effects of sevoflurane, causing excessive bleeding during surgery. If you are taking sevoflurane, check with your doctor before drinking aloe juice.
In short, you should avoid consuming Aloe vera or you should take advice of your doctor if you are on diabetes medications, sevoflurane (Ultane), Stimulant laxatives or
Warfarin (Coumadin).

2). Drug Supplement & Toxicity :-

Aloin, is a compound found in the exudate of some Aloe species and it was the common ingredient in over-the-counter (OTC) laxative products in the US until 2002 when the FDA banned it. The reason  after it was that the companies manufacturing it failed to provide the necessary safety data. Aloe Vera has toxicity due to presence of Aloin and toxicity is never good. Aloe vera has potential toxicity, with side effects occurring at some dose levels both when ingested or applied topically. Although toxicity may be less when aloin is removed by processing, Aloe vera having aloin in excess amounts may cause side effects.

3). Digestion :-

Aloe vera juice is marketed to support the health of the digestive system, but there is neither much scientific evidence nor enough regulatory approval to support this claim. The extracts and quantities typically used for such purposes appear to be dose-dependent for toxic effects. Aloin can cause harms here too.

4). Cancer Or Reproductive Toxicity :-

In the guidelines of California Proposition 65 by OEHHA along with goldenseal, it was listed that orally ingested non-decolorized aloe vera leaf extract is among "chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity".

Aloe Vera when used topically, doesn't show any significant side-effects. But, aloe vera when taken orally, may cause abdominal cramps and diarrhea which in turn can decrease the absorption of drugs. IARC  studies states ingested non-decolorized liquid aloe vera to be carcinogenic in animals, and says that it is a possible carcinogen in humans as well. Carcinogen means cancer-causing.

5). Cramps & Stomach Pain :-

Aloe Vera when taken in excessive amount can cause harmful effects on stomach. Aloe latex should be avoided and if taken then should not be used in high doses as it can cause side effects, such as stomach pain and cramps.

6). Serious Side-effects :-

Long-term use of large amounts of aloe latex might also cause diarrhea, kidney problems, blood in the urine, low potassium, muscle weakness, weight loss and heart issues.

7). Bad In Pregnancy :-

Aloe vera, either gel or latex form, should not be taken in pregnancy or during breast feeding. There are some reports of aloe causing miscarriage and birth defects. So, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding your child, don't ingest Aloe Vera.

8). Harmful Effects In Children :-

Small children should not be given Aloe Vera or precaution must be taken as children younger than 12 years old may experience abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhea.
So, It's better to avoid aloe vera incase of child use.

9). Diabetes :-

It is said that Aloe Vera is good for diabetics but on the contrary it can be bad to diabetics patients too. Some research states that aloe vera can lower down the blood sugar.
It is better to monitor blood sugar levels carefully if you orally ingesting aloe vera.

10). Certain Medical Conditions :-

It is better to avoid aloe vera if you have any medical condition like have intestinal conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or obstruction, as aloe latex is a bowel irritant.
Don’t take aloe latex if you have hemorrhoids because it could make the condition worse.

11). Kidney Failure :-

Excess of aloe latex have been linked to kidney failure and other serious conditions, so don’t take aloe latex if you have kidney problems.

12). Surgery :-

We have already read that Aloe vera can affect blood sugar levels. It can lower down blood sugar levels and could interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. So, stop taking aloe at least two weeks before a scheduled surgery.

13). Digioxin (Lanoxin) :-

If you are taking digoxin (Lanoxin), you should not consume aloe latex as it functions as a stimulant laxative and decreases potassium levels in the body. Low potassium levels can increase the risk of side effects when taking this medication.

As to prove benefits of Aloe vera, more evidences are required and more researches are needed similarily, to proves it's harmful effects, more studies are needed. Scientists and researchers are engaged in it and we should wait for more to come on this.

We can only say, it is better to consult your doctor before consuming Aloe vera and being a human and microbiologist, I will also recommend this :)

                         A Post By Admin.

Author - Swatti Sharrma ß


Disclaimer - This blog is not intended to any advice or prescription.Always keep an eye on allergies you have.Keep check on your health conditions and allergies.Always do a patch test or allergy test before using any product or tip.Consult doctor and dermatologist if needed.Results may vary person to person and it depends on your skin type and health condition.Use any tip or products on your own wisdom with precaution. Always consume any product or ingredient after consulting your Doctor.


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