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Aloe Vera and Liver Toxicity

QUESTION: (Is Aloe Vera Toxic?)
Toxic Aloe Vera Capsules?I’ve been taking your delicious aloe for a few weeks now and am loving it. I recently started working with a nutritionist; she will be helping me detox my liver and strengthen my digestion. When I mentioned I was drinking fresh aloe vera gel, she said I should stop using it because it could be hard on the liver. She gave me the following site as reference:

http://livertox.nih.gov/AloeVera.htm

Can you let me know your take on what they say? I know all supplements can have their detractors, but I’d like your opinion on this one.

Thank you very much.

ANSWER:
This is a difficult one since they do not tell us if the extract was inner leaf gel or outer leaf anti-nutrients. With aloe, extract really does refer to the outer leaf anti-nutrients since the gel is merely dehydrated aloe vera and not an extract.

Around 2000, the NIH and FDA teamed up to research outer-leaf anti-nutrients and determined that they should not be consumed. “drugs” made from the outer leaf to cure constipation were banned in 2002.

To make this clear, it would be like saying “you should not eat the peel on an orange” (without actually making any distinction between the peel and actual orange that was in the peel).

But in these cases of liver inflammation and signs of liver failure, we have no sure way of knowing whether it was the outer leaf extract or the dry aloe vera powder since “aloe vera” merely tells us it came from the aloe vera plant. We also don’t know what preservatives or processing agents were used in the manufacture of these capsules. I personally have only seen case studies related to capsules and not from drinking the gel – though suspect either could do it. Sometimes the drinks are “whole leaf (containing outer leaf parts too) and some are inner leaf (containing almost no outer leaf parts). If it was dehydrated gel in the capsules, the amount was very minimal compared to what many of our customers consume in a day. But if it was an outer leaf extract, then 400 to 500 mg. is quite substantial for the irritating properties of the anti-nutrients. I suspect it was from aloe vera outer leaf extracts… but have no way of knowing.

I hope that helps. You might want to share my answer with your nutritionist. I wrote more about actual research pertaining to Aloe Vera here: http://www.aloe1.com/is-aloe-vera-safe-to-drink/

14 thoughts on “Aloe Vera and Liver Toxicity

  1. Good information video in my opinion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TN6IpaHvVYU .and it say here it is good for detoxifying the liver among lot other ( have many Aloe Vera plants but sadly in Iceland we have to grow the indoors..now I at least getting good informations about the plant though I knew most of them ..now I at least know what to do and work it properly for most benefit ..thanks to your site…

  2. Fda and nih and big pharma is a global drug mafia. So any natural thing that ca help you will not make them happy because their product is anything at the drugstore, not the one in your garden or kitchen.

  3. I do not get whether the inner or outer is okay for the liver? Your answer was technical but never said which one is POSSIBLY good or bad for liver.please, help me understand.? Thank You. Dezlyn

    1. The inner leaf is generally beneficial. When it comes to the outer leaf, some people will have problems with it, especially if it is consumed separate from the inner leaf.

      1. I am drinking aloe vera gel is that inner or outer part of the plant ?

        1. The “gel” is the inner part, the “latex” is the outer part. Aloe vera “juice” usually refers to a drink that includes both.

  4. My daughter was just told her gall bladder is functioning at 14%. She is scheduled to remove it. Any solution other than surgery?
    Sherry

    1. There are many things to do before considering surgery… unless surgery was urgently necessary immediately.

  5. i have been taking aloe vera gel ( 200:1 concentration) 25 mg for over 2 years for digestion problems and gas. i have had no problems with my liver or any thing else.the gel is from the inner leaf. when i was reading the cases these people were taking high doses. i take 3 pills per day at 25 mg with meals. moderation is the key. those people were overdosing. you can get this from walmart or mail order vitamin companies.

    1. I suspect the cases of liver toxicity involved outer leaf parts… if indeed the aloe was responsible for the problem.

      1. So what are the remedies if you have liver damage due to the aloe vera gel?

        1. There are many liver detox programs. However, usually just stopping the intake of offending agents is sufficient.

  6. Please how effective is aloe juice in treating hepatitis B

    1. Aloe vera is not scientifically documented treatment for treating hepatitis B.

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