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The Natural Ingredient Aloe Vera Is Not What It Looks Like; Here’s Why!

Ever since the word ‘aloe vera’ started doing the rounds, it created a rage in the beauty world. There are countless benefits of aloe vera, but you must have heard the phrase – ‘excess of anything is bad. Well, too much of a good thing can do more harm than good, and a similar case is with aloe vera. No, we are not demeaning the benefits of aloe vera; it’s totally safe to consume it regularly. You might stumble upon a lot of articles saying all good things about the magical ingredient, but we are here to tell you the other side of the story! Keep on reading as we tell you the ‘side effects‘ of using too much aloe vera. 

Aloe vera is basically a green coloured plant with thick leaves which stores water in it. When you cut the leaves, you find a sticky gel-like liquid, the actual aloe vera gel. Though it comes with numerous medicinal properties, it might not suit your body, hair and or skin, causing side effects. In fact, some people are allergic to the latex found in the aloe vera gel. These are the side effects that you can face with too much aloe vera:

  • If you are allergic to aloe vera, you might face severe skin issues like redness in the eyes, irritation, burning sensations and skin rashes.
  • Aloe vera juice has many benefits, but it can drop your blood sugar levels too much, which can cause electrolyte imbalance in diabetes. If you are a diabetic patient, consult your doctor before consuming aloe vera juice.
  • Since aloe vera leaves contain latex, the laxative effects of the ingredients can lead to dehydration if taken in more quantity than recommended.
  • Since aloe vera juice has some irritant qualities, it is advisable for pregnant and lactating women not to consume it as it can stimulate uterine contractions.
  • Aloe vera contains bio-active compounds that might interfere with the liver’s detoxification process.
  • The most common side effect of drinking aloe vera juice is stomach discomfort as the latex present in it can cause severe cramps and pain in the stomach area.

That being said, if you are non-allergic to latex or aloe vera in general, it can work like magic on your hair, body and skin!

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