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Aloe contains a thick gel extract from the leaves of the aloe vera plant (Aloe barbadensis), which has long been used to soothe irritated skin, especially from topical burns and sunburns. In the same way that aloe vera cools irritated and inflamed skin, it can also soothe damaged and inflamed cells along the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, particularly in the stomach and intestines.*

Aloe may be beneficial for:*

  • supporting gastric health
  • helping with the discomfort associated with occasionally compromised bowel function
  • supporting immune function

Product Size: 60 vegetarian capsules


    What are the ingredients in Rootcology Aloe?
    This supplement contains 100% highly concentrated aloe vera powder. In fact, it takes 200 pounds of aloe vera gel to make one pound of this nourishing aloe extract! It is also prepared using a low-heat dehydration method with no filtering, which ensures that the plant’s beneficial components (long polysaccharide chains) and its natural makeup, remain intact as much as possible.

    What are the benefits of Aloe?
    Aloe may be beneficial for anyone wishing to maintain normal thyroid hormone levels, support healthy digestion, maintain normal bowel movements, support immune function, maintain blood sugar balance, and maintain a healthy stress response.*

    What is the recommended dose?
    The recommended dose is one capsule per day.

    When should I take it?
    Aloe can be taken once per day, with or without food.

    How long can I take Aloe?
    It’s recommended to take Aloe for 3-9 months.

    Can it be taken with thyroid medications?
    Aloe is safe to take with thyroid medications, but be sure to space them out by at least one hour. Research has shown that aloe can lead to a reduction in TSH when used over time, so it is recommended to test thyroid hormones every 30-90 days while using this supplement, to see if a medication adjustment is needed.*

    What are the precautions with anthraquinones?
    Some individuals may be sensitive to anthraquinone compounds, which are present in aloe latex (taken from the outer skin of the plant) and aloe whole leaf extracts. Due to its laxative effect, aloe latex may also cause a loss of minerals, such as potassium and sodium. However, anthraquinone is removed in the processing of Rootcology’s Aloe. Our supplements are also tested for anthraquinone content (measured as aloin), which is below a detection limit of 0.1 ppm.

    What are the precautions with aloin?
    One study reported the component aloin (found in aloe vera latex) to have carcinogenic activity. In this study, aloe vera (whole-leaf extract) caused intestinal irritation and acted as a carcinogen within the large intestine of rats. However, the concentration, as well as the strength, was over ten times the amount that someone would take in a daily dose, equaling a very high dose of 14.4 grams. Additionally, this study used whole-leaf extract (which contains the aloe latex from the outer rim, as well as the gel from the inside of the plant), which is different from the aloe vera juice or gel that I recommend. (Rootcology Aloe contains less than 0.1 ppm of aloin, as it is removed in the processing.)

    Can aloe be used to help heal the gut?
    Aloe vera (the active ingredient in Rootcology Aloe) contains enzymes and sugars that can help balance the digestive system by reducing inflammation, as well as promoting beneficial bacteria in the gut (3, 7).*

    What is the difference between aloe vera juice and the aloe vera powder (made from aloe gel) used in Rootcology’s Aloe capsules?
    Aloe juice contains the highest levels of anthraquinone compounds that will increase bowel motility and can cause a laxative effect, which can be a concern for some individuals, especially those who already tend to have loose bowels; whereas the aloe vera gel used to make Rootcology’s aloe vera powder, is rinsed to remove remnants of aloin (the laxative ingredient in the latex). Rootcology Aloe is tested for anthraquinone content (measured as aloin), which is below the detection limit of 0.1 ppm. Since our Aloe is prepared using a low-heat dehydration method with no filtering, this ensures that the plant’s beneficial components (long polysaccharide chains) and its natural makeup, remain intact as much as possible.

    Not to be used by those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, diabetic, or have a bowel obstruction. Do not use if you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients in this supplement. Discontinue use at least two weeks prior to undergoing surgery.

    Please check with your healthcare provider before using if you have intestinal issues such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

    Avoid if taking the following medications: anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs, antidiabetic medications, blood thinners, corticosteroids including prednisone and prednisolone, cardiac glycoside drugs (eg. digoxin), diuretic medications, sevoflurane, or stimulant laxatives.

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    2. Nahar T, Uddin B, Hossain S, Sikder AM, Ahmed S. Aloe vera gel protects liver from oxidative stress-induced damage in experimental rat model. J complement Integr Med. 2013. May 7;10. doi: 10.1515/jcim-2012-0020.
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