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October, 2012 Issue

Weak Evidence for Aloe Vera and Health

There are two primary substances in the cactus-like aloe plant (known by many names, including “lily of the desert”): the clear substance called aloe vera gel (or aloe gel) and aloe vera latex (aloe latex), the green part of the outer leaf that surrounds the gel. The gel has long been used to soothe a burn after too much sun, but the possible benefits of consuming aloe also have been studied. The following areas have received attention by scientists; however, further human research is needed.

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