One of the health crazes is the latest is a drink made from aloe - you know, the stuff that's in the shampoo and skin cream. But is this really something we should guzzling along with lotions and craft beer?
Health Protection says it is not.
"Save it for sunburn," Michael F. Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest said. "Used in place, aloe drink is safe. But subtle health claims manufacturers are putting on various drinks and medicines are unfounded, so people simply should not expose themselves for the risks. "
And risks that most certainly is - cancer, diarrhea and interfere with diabetes medications among them, according to the National Institutes of Health, which recommends against swallow gel or liquid is made from aloe foul.
The warnings of cancer arising from a two-year NIH study that found "clear evidence of carcinogenic activity in male and female rats, based on tumors of the large intestine." While similar studies have not been conducted in humans, the researchers say that there is "nothing that would [only] that these findings are not relevant to humans."
In addition, abdominal pain and diarrhea have been reported with oral use of aloe drink, resulting in risk of diarrhea may reduce the absorption of many drugs.
People with diabetes, hypoglycemia drug users should be especially careful, since taking aloe drink by mouth can reduce blood sugar, can have serious consequences.
Also had a few reports of acute hepatitis from aloe drink, although the NIH said the evidence is not definitive.
Why so popular
So, why did aloe drinks became popular? Questions, the answers seem to be manufacturers and retailers are making the claim that science not only pass but actually contradicts it.
"The Fruit of the Earth Aloe drink provides many health benefits, mostly because of the organically grown aloe vera and cold processing which constitutes around 99.8% of this product", Walmart.com burbles on its site for the fruits of the earth aloe drink. "It is made using gel fillet to ensure maximum purity and efficiency. The water is extracted in the same day of harvest."
Walmart did not say what the possible health benefits, which is good, because there is nothing that anyone seems to know about. Is pure organic and not mean anything if the substance in question has no scientific benefits have been proven.
A statement Walmart undisputed though: "The aloe drink 1 gal does not contain cholesterol, fats, starches, thickeners, starch or calories." Yes, and it does not contain much else, or, as the nutrition program.