Formal Name: Aloe barbadensis
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


The aloe vera plant is native to Africa, particularly the Cape Province area of South Africa. Originally, the plant was used by Greek and Roman soldiers to heal wounds. It was also taken internally as a laxative.

Bodily Functions Aloe Assists

Aloe vera is primarily used to facilitate the body's ability to heal externally. When applied to the skin, aloe vera has a soothing, healing effect.

Foods High in Aloe

Aloe vera generally should not be taken internally.

Ailment That Aloe Eliminates:
  • Heals burns, including sunburns
  • Eliminates cold sores
  • Alleviates dry skin
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces general external pain
  • Treats diabetes
  • May treat colitis
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • As an external medication applied to the skin, aloe vera is safe and free of side effects
  • Aloe vera should not be taken internally except under the strict supervision of a doctor