Originally Posted by mama*pisces
Anthranoid side effects....could you explain?
I was taking a supplement called Body Balance for a little while that has aloe extract in it.....I was told that it was perfectly safe for nursing mothers as well as for babies over 1 month old(I don't think I would have ever given it to a one month old, but my nursing toddler did have some), and when I looked it up I couldn't find anything that said otherwise....
hopefully I didn't totally screw up? I haven't noticed adverse side effects....
I don't think you totally screwed up
but I would like to know who told you it was safe. Perhaps the aloe vera is a minimal competent? The main concern in GI distress, aloe vera is an anthranoid is a laxative. Here are some links for you.http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/ref/herbs_a.html
Topical use of aloe vera gel is reported safe (toxicity is minimal). There have been no reports of adverse effects following maternal use or via milk ingestion. Do not use on nipples, as it should not be ingested by baby (see below).
Oral use of the aloe vera latex is strongly discouraged; can cause severe gastric irritation. Per the classic King's American Dispensatory, "Administered to nursing mothers it will purge the sucking child." Children, nursing moms and pregnant women should not use this (internally) at all. See also Herbals and Breastfeeding by Nice, et al in U.S. Pharmacist.http://www.uspharmacist.com/oldforma...mp/acf1e63.htm
Aloe: Aloe, obtained from the dried latex of the leaves of Aloe barbadensis and other Aloe species of its genus, is used to treat constipation. Its pharmacologic actions are due to its hydroxyanthracene derivatives, which increase motility of the GI tract and prevent the colon from becoming stationary. Aloe is available orally as a powder and aqueous extracts (powdered or liquid). The recommended dose of aloe should be based on the hydroxyanthracene content of the dosage form. The daily dose is 20?0 mg hydroxyanthracene/day calculated as anhydrous aloin. However, the dose should be reduced, if possible, to the lowest dose required to maintain a bowel movement. Short-term side effects usually result in GI tract distress. On a long-term basis, side effects encountered include electrolyte imbalance, albuminuria, and hematuria. Potassium deficiency is of utmost concern because of the potential to cause cardiovascular dysfunction such as arrhythmias.10 Due to aloe’s anthranoid content and the side effects caused by anthranoids, it should be avoided while the mother is breastfeeding.