Aloe vera has been considered a ‘wonder plant’ in the field of medicine. It is nothing short of an elixir for health, beauty, and skincare needs. That’s because it is packed with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that make it a great antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent. In recent times, aloe vera juice has also gained prominence as the ‘perfect health drink’, but is it really so? Are there some side effects of aloe vera juice we must be wary of?
We understand this better with the help of Delhi-based nutritionist, Parul Malhotra Bahl. Despite the benefits, there are certain side effects that you must be cautious about if you wish to use aloe vera.
“Aloe vera may cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, red urine, hepatitis, dependency, or worsen constipation. Prolonged use has been reported to increase the risk of colorectal cancer. The excess laxative effect may lead to low levels of potassium in the body,” Bahl tells HealthShots.
Due to the cytotoxicity, mutagenicity, and carcinogenicity of anthraquinones, it is crucial to monitor the content of these phenolic compounds in aloe vera.
It is important to consult a doctor, before you start consuming aloe vera juice. It may cause a drastic decline in blood sugar levels, especially if you are a diabetic or have any other condition that is linked to insulin.
If you have aloe vera juice daily, try to reduce your consumption, because it messes with the electrolyte balance in your body. This may cause dehydration and show up in changes in the colour of your urine.
Since aloe vera juice has laxative properties, it can interfere with your bowel function and increase the likelihood of having irritable bowel syndrome. This may lead to diarrhea.
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Aloe vera is believed to disturb potassium levels in the body, which may give rise to sudden headaches. It could also lead to abnormal heartbeat, muscle cramps, and more.
The International Aloe Science Council standard suggests that the maximum allowable aloin content in aloe-derived material for oral consumption should be less than 10 ppm (parts per million) and for nonmedical use, the recommended limit is 50 ppm or lower. It is best is to consume small doses of aloe vera for a short time period, shares Parul.
“Oral aloe is not recommended during pregnancy, due to stimulation of uterine contractions, and in breastfeeding mothers, it may sometimes cause gastrointestinal issues in the nursing infant,” she concludes.