Why Desert Harvest Aloe Vera vs. Other Brands
Desert Harvest has spent over 27 years supporting the Interstitial Cystitis / Bladder Pain Syndrome (IC/BPS) community with the highest quality and highest concentration of 100% organic freeze-dried Aloe per capsule with no fillers, anthraquinones, or insoluble fiber.
We have done the research and surveyed over 20,000 IC/BPS customers to know what works for them, what dosage, and how long it takes to feel the positive effects. Most other supplement companies know little to nothing about IC/BPS, why and how Aloe Vera works, nor their product dosage specific to the IC/BPS customer needs.
Things to consider when purchasing another brand:
- How many mg of pure Aloe Vera nutrients are contained per capsule?
- How many capsules per day does the IC/BPS customer need to take from another brand for the recommended dosage needed?
- Are there any fillers or artificial ingredients?
- Are there any anthraquinones that are carcinogens/irritants found to cause diarrhea?
- Are they made with organic Aloe Vera? Are the capsules vegan, non-GMO, Kosher certified?
- Do they have a clinical study with IC/BPS patients, and is their recommended dosage specific to IC/BPS?
- Do they have testimonials from Urologists, Pelvic Pain specialists, and IC/BPS customers about their experiences?
- What is the cost per capsule/bottle based on the above answers?
Based on the recommended IC/BPS dosage of 3600 mg per day, many brands are not affordable in the long run, although they initially seem so. Some brands have so little Aloe Vera per capsule it would require you to take up to 72 capsules per day.
Desert Harvest is the most affordable and effective Aloe for IC/BPS. See our chart comparison for cost savings. Read what others say about Desert Harvest.
Aloe juices are nearly 98% water with little to no nutrient value.
Excerpts from “Aloe Vera: A Mission Discovered” By Lee Ritter
If you take a 10,000-gallon vat and put one gallon of Aloe vera juice in it and then add 9,999 gallons of water, you can advertise that it contains 100 percent pure stabilized Aloe vera. That has been the position of the Food and Drug Administration to date. One FDA representative said to me, “It’s not our responsibility to say how much water is in a tomato, an orange, or in Aloe vera.”
Dr. Reginald McDaniel indicated to me that of over 200 Aloe vera beverages tested in the mid-1980s, only three contained a sufficient content of Aloe to be of any medical value to the consumer. The tests that I have run would indicate that less than one percent of readily available brands contain acceptable levels of Aloe vera.
The harm is done by putting out an aloe vera beverage with only diluted; minute quantities of aloe vera in it are tremendous. The consumer receives no benefit and concludes that Aloe Vera doesn’t work.
In every case where someone has told me that aloe vera did not do them any good, the story has been the same. There were insufficient quantities of aloe vera in the drink.
The blame for selling worthless products should not be placed on the health food stores for the most part. The distributor tells them that it is a good product, and they purchase it for their customers. They don’t have any idea how to test it. Even the label says, “One Hundred Percent Pure, Stabilized Aloe Vera.” Remember, that label does not tell you how much aloe vera is in the bottle, just that what is there is pure. It’s the producers and distributors who incur my wrath. They know exactly what they are doing.
There are over 1,000 brands of Aloe Vera available on the market, most of which are privately labeled by about 20 producers. Senator Orrin Hatch spoke to the health food industry. He indicated that the greatest threat to them is their inability to control themselves, particularly those who deliberately misrepresent their product or its potential value. The dilution problem brought me to the conclusion that the purchase of a concentrate was the best and safest approach. With a concentrate, you know how much aloe vera you are taking.
There are other problems besides dilution in purchasing a product. How is the aloe prepared? Much of the chemical value of the Aloe Vera plant is found in the leaves. However, just under the rind is a yellow sap called Aloin. This substance is a powerful laxative and needs to be removed. The process is complicated. Aloe Vera juice is mostly water. All the remaining chemicals together amount to no more than one percent of the aloe leaf. In that one percent, there are over 200 different constituents or ingredients. How they work on each other and together (synergism) is not scientifically understood. Thus, it is essential that all of the ingredients be retained and not altered. Research studies show that using just the mannose from the aloe plant and nothing else doesn’t work and the entire plant.