Overview of Cape Aloe
Botanical Name: Aloe ferox
Do not confuse with aloe (Aloe vera or Aloe barbadensis), krantz aloe (Aloe arborescens), or Zimbabwe aloe (Aloe excelsa).
Conflicting (Unclear):insufficient information
- Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal 
- Another species of aloe, Aloe excelsa (Zimbabwe aloe), may have similar medicinal properties as cape aloe
No Evidence:insufficient information
No Clinical Research:All other conditions.
- Side effects have not been studied.
- Avoid or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner, if you have allergies to plants in the order Asparagales (asparagus, onions, etc.), and caution, since there is not enough research on the use of supplements containing cape aloe.
- There were several isolated cases that cape aloe may have caused acute kidney failure and liver dysfunction.
There is not enough research on the use of supplements containing cape aloe during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use or avoid use.
Cape aloe is not a "drug", so the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Make sure to follow the specific product instructions and take as directed on the label, or consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use.
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