What Is Aloe Latex?

Aloe latex is a yellowish fluid derived from the inner lining of the leaves of aloe vera plants. Aloe latex is purported to have healing properties, but these claims have not been proven substantial enough to allow it to be sold as anything more than a dietary supplement in the United States. Medical studies have shown that aloe latex can be detrimental to a person's health.

Aloe vera is used extensively for topical use but has proven hazardous when ingested. (Image: shellhawker/iStock/Getty Images)

Overall Negative Effects

Aloe latex was sold as a laxative because it contains a cathartic laxative called anthraquinone, but this was later banned by the FDA. Aloe taken orally has been known to cause hepatitis and thyroid dysfunction when ingested. It is best to inform a healthcare professional if you plan on taking aloe latex, as it has been known to reduce glucose levels, which can be dangerous to diabetics, and because it can reduce the effectiveness of other possible drugs in your system.

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