Initially Posted: 02/15/2015 | Last Updated: 10/13/2017
Aloe Vera supplements tested by ConsumerLab.com

Alphabetical list of aloe brands compared in this review

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Alo Exposed Original + Honey

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Aloe Farms Aloe Vera Gel

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Aubrey Organics Pure Aloe Vera

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Carlson Aloe Vera Gel

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Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel

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GNC Natural Brand Aloe Vera Gel

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Herbalife Herbal Aloe Concentrate

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Herbalife Herbal Aloe Concentrate

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Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Juice

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Nature's Way Aloe

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Pharm-Aloe Freeze Dried Aloe Vera Leaf Juice

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Puritan's Pride Aloe Vera Gel

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Solgar Aloe Vera

Vitamin World Aloe Vera Gel

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Summary

  • Be very careful when you select and use an aloe supplement! 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 found that many products don't contain what they claim (See "What CL Found")
  • Aloe vera gel vs. aloe juice? Aloe vera "gel," as well as aloe vera "juice" which 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").
  • Are aloe very supplements safe? Whole aloe vera leaf (as well as Aloe ferox leaf) contains aloe "latex" 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.
  • See the top choices of products "Approved" by ConsumerLab.com.
You must be a member to get the full test results and quality ratings for aloe gels, liquids, and supplements and ConsumerLab's recommendations. In this comprehensive review, you'll discover:
  • Which aloe products failed testing, which passed and, of these, which offed the best quality and 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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