- Be very careful when you select and use an aloe product! Aloe products differ by the type of aloe, part of the aloe leaf used, and amount of purification (See "What It Is") What's more, ConsumerLab.com has found that many products over the years don't contain their expected amounts of key aloe compounds (See "What CL Found")
- Aloe vera "gel" and aloe vera "juice" that has been purified (or "filtered"), are the safest forms of aloe and are often applied to the skin or consumed as a liquid in small amounts for potential therapeutic purposes (See "What It Does")
- Whole aloe vera leaf (as well as Aloe ferox leaf) contains aloe "latex" (known as aloins) which, if consumed, can cause a significant laxative effect (See "What It Does"). These compounds have also been shown to cause cancer in some animals (See "Concerns and Cautions"). The FDA has banned the sale of all aloe products as over-the-counter (OTC) medicine, although they remain legal as dietary supplements. Also be aware that some aloe gels and sprays have been found to contain benzene, a carcinogen.
- See our Top Picks among drinkable aloe, topical aloe, and aloe capsules based on our tests and comparisons.
Aloe Juices, Gels, and Supplements Review
How Much Aloe is Really in Aloe Products? Find Out and See Our Top Picks.
Alphabetical list of aloe brands compared in this review
AloeCure Pure Aloe Extract - Grape Flavor
Aubrey Aloe Vera
Burn Out Aloe Vera Skin Fix
George's 100% Aloe Vera
Lakewood Organic Pure Aloe
Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Juice
Nature's Way Aloe Latex With Fennel
Priority One Aloe Complex
Solaray Super Digestaway Aloe Vera Gel Drink
- Which aloe products failed , and which passed ConsumerLab's tests
- ConsumerLab's Top Picks for aloe gel, liquids and supplements based on quality an value
- The amount of acemannan (a key compound in aloe vera gel) in each product, as well as amounts of aloe latex (aloin and emodin)
- How aloe vera gel differs from aloe vera juice, what these have been shown to do, and what to look for on labels
- Aloe dosage for specific uses
- Potential side effects and drug interactions with aloe
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