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Are Aloe Vera Capsules Good?

Updated on June 11, 2017

Aloe vera capsules are one of the least utilized forms of aloe vera, but for those who are busy or who do not like the taste of aloe very juice, these pills can be a great alternative. They provide a wide variety of benefits, often in a more concentrated and powerful form than aloe vera juice can. Aloe vera pills can be found in most health food stores, but may be easier and less expensive to purchase online, depending on where you live and whether or not you care about the quality of the aloe vera capsules you are ingesting.

Aloe vera, across the board, is one of the best anti-inflammatories on the market. It is also packed with nutrients, which means that some people actually take an aloe vera supplement instead of a vitamin supplement. Those who are investigating these capsules should be aware that first, there are two different kinds that can be taken and second, that the aloe vera is far more concentrated than it is with juice, meaning those that take too much might encounter some negative side effects. Here is everything you need to know about aloe vera capsules:

Types of Aloe Vera Pills

There are essentially two different types of pills. The first is a freeze dried pill. The second is an aloe vera gel capsule, which may be made simply by taking the gel inside a leaf of the aloe vera and putting it in a capsule, or which may actually contain gel that has been concentrated. It is very important to pay attention to the concentration of aloe vera in the pills and to read the instructions and dosage recommendations before choosing and taking either type of pill.

Aloe vera does have a wide variety of positive health benefits and taking it in a pill form is a great way to incorporate it into your diet. But, as with all things, more is not necessarily better. When take in moderation, these pills provide great benefits. When too much aloe vera is taken, the user might begin to feel sick and have a number of negative side effects. What follows is a little more information about the benefits and side effects of taking these pills, whether you choose gel capsules or the freeze dried variety.

Aloe Vera Capsules Benefits

Aloe vera has a range of well-known topical benefits. The internal benefits are less widely known, but just as significant, especially for those who are looking for a quick and easy way to improve their overall health. Aloe vera is loaded with a wide variety of nutrients that make it functional as a multivitamin, along with a range of other uses. Some of the benefits of aloe vera capsules include:

  • Regulating blood sugar levels

    Individuals who struggle with diabetes often find that they have trouble regulating their blood sugar levels. Even those who are very careful about what they eat and when they eat may find that they experience the spikes and valleys that do not just affect their mood and how they feel, but which can also be very dangerous for their health. Taking a regular regimen of aloe vera capsules can help to lower and maintain blood sugar levels for patients who have type two diabetes.

  • Maintain digestive health

    One of the biggest benefits of aloe vera pills will be maintaining the digestive tract. The vitamins and minerals that aloe vera provides are necessary for aiding in digestion, and the plant itself helps to absorb toxins and soothe irritation and inflammation. This means that those who suffer from a gastrointestinal issue like irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, or ulcers, can find great relief when they incorporate aloe vera capsules into their diet. Some studies have shown that aloe vera can also help the body better process the nutrients it takes in, so you get more out of the food that you eat.

  • Act as an anti-inflammatory

    Many people have stress or inflammation-related conditions that could be better managed with the help of aloe vera. Especially those that have to deal with arthritis, serious skin conditions, and heart disease might find relief when they start taking aloe vera capsules. The anti-inflammatory power of aloe vera is well known for the surface of the skin, and is frequently used, even by those that do not put much stock in traditional medicine. Those same benefits also occur when aloe vera is taken internally.

  • Boosts the immune system

    Aloe vera contains a number of very beneficial vitamins and minerals that will support the immune system, including Vitamins A and C. It also contains a number of other ingredients that trigger the body to product macrophages, which are used by the body to combat viruses and infections. This means that if you feel like you are getting sick, taking an aloe vera pill could help to stave off that illness, before it even starts.

Aloe Vera Capsules Side Effects

Aloe vera is completely safe to take, as long as it is taken in moderation. The mistake that many people make is to think that if they take more of the pills, they will get more of the benefits. As with any supplement, there is threshold, at which the supplement is no longer useful and where it can begin to become dangerous. This is why it is important to read dosing instructions on the aloe vera products that you take. Taking too much aloe vera could result in:

  • Stomach pain

    Though aloe vera does help your digestion and can soothe irritation in the stomach, taking too much could actually have adverse side effects on the stomach. This is a very good way to know whether or not you have taken too much aloe vera.

  • Diarrhea

    Aloe vera is very useful as a laxative. As with any laxative, taking the right amount can relieve constipation. Taking too much could result in diarrhea. While aloe vera can also help to relieve diarrhea, that is only true if taking too much aloe vera is not the cause of the diarrhea originally.

  • Liver damage

    Everything that enters your body has to be processed by your liver. In the same way that drinking too much alcohol can hurt your liver (because, remember, too much of anything is dangerous), taking too much aloe vera could overload your liver and make it impossible to process. This could result in a small amount of damage or, if the person regularly takes too much, quite a bit of damage.

In general, the average person should take between 200 and 300 mg of aloe vera a day. Before taking any aloe vera capsules, read the bottle thoroughly to see what the manufacturer recommends. Some pills may be more concentrated than others.

Aloe vera is a powerful dietary supplement, but only when taken correctly. To get the most benefits from this supplement, take it as instructed.


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      Cheryl Meril 3 weeks ago from San Francisco, CA USA

      I wanted to forewarn about freeze dried organic aloe vera powder. The stuff is very potent and I had a bad reaction to it. It was so bad I was feeling debilitated from doing simple things. I had serious mind fog and irritability. When I lay down to sleep after taking 1/4 teaspoon I began to feel sensations in my brain of coolness. I had difficulty sleeping the rest of the evening. I tested it a second time to make sure it was the source and yes it was. Then a couple days later I felt as if I was having a stroke and have had bouts of slurred speech. Be careful when taking this one size fits all potent plant powder, I likely needed far less of it if I needed it at all. I bought for cataracts diagnosis.