Aloe vera extract gave rats tumours

by Peter Aldhous

Aloe vera food supplements and drinks are supposed to help your gut stay healthy – or so herbalists claim. But now a warning flag has been raised by the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), which has found that rats given drinking water spiked with an extract of the succulent plant developed tumours in their intestines.

The rodents were given relatively high doses of a whole-leaf extract of aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) over two years. In rats given water containing 1.5 per cent by weight of the extract, 39 per cent of females and 74 per cent of males had malignant or benign tumours in their large intestines. None of these growths were seen in rats given pure drinking water.

It's natural, but is it good for you? (Image: Nacivet/Photographers Choice/Getty)

It’s natural, but is it good for you? (Image: Nacivet/Photographers Choice/Getty)

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