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There are many natural and home remedies you can use to treat constipation. Drinking castor oil is one such effective remedy but imagine drinking a foul smelling and foul tasting oil! And other remedies like eating curds or fibre rich food might not yield immediate results and you might continue being uncomfortable for a long time. Over-the-counter laxatives give a quick relief but the number of times you have to visit the toilet drains your energy completely and you end up feeling more tired than relieved.
So, next time you are in need of a laxative, try aloe vera latex. Aloe vera is known for its beauty benefits, but its laxative properties are not well known. Research shows that aloe vera latex has laxative properties and can relieve you from constipation.
Aloe vera latex should not be confused with aloe vera gel. The gel is the transparent part in the center of the leaves whereas the latex is the part just beneath the skin of the leaves. The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) says that taking aloe latex orally can relieve constipation. It contains anthraquinone glycosides, which are known to loosen stools and increase bowel movements.
However, US NLM warns against taking latex orally in high doses as it can cause diarrhea and when eaten with medicines, can interfere with their absorption. You should also avoid consuming it with other laxatives as it speeds up bowel movements and causes dehydration. Pregnant women should not take it as it can be toxic to the foetus and cause deformities.
So, it is best you consult your doctor or at least inform him/her before you consume aloe latex to treat constipation.
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