Why Desert Harvest Aloe Vera vs. Liquid, Gel & other brands

Desert Harvest has spent over 25 years supporting the Interstitial Cystitis / Painful Bladder Syndrome (IC/PBS) community with the highest quality Super-Strength Aloe Vera.

We have done the research and surveyed over 20,000 IC/PBS customers to know what works for them, in what dosage and how long it takes to feel the positive effects.  Most other supplement companies know little to nothing about IC/PBS, why and how aloe vera works, nor is their product dosage specific to what the IC/PBS customer needs.

The answers to What Makes Desert Harvest Unique is why our Super-Strength Aloe Vera continues to be the natural go-to for IC/PBS pain, urgency and frequency relief.

When we are asked how other brands of aloe vera supplements / liquid / juice compare to Desert Harvest, we ask you to consider the following important information about the brand you are considering:

  • How many mg of pure aloe vera nutrients are contained per capsule?
  • How many capsules per day does the IC/PBS customer need to take of another brand for the recommended dosage needed?  
  • Are there any fillers or artificial ingredients?
  • Are there any anthraquinones which 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/PBS patients and is their recommended dosage specific to IC/PBS?
  • Do they have testimonials from Urologists, Pelvic Pain specialists and IC/PBS customers about their experiences?
  • What is the cost per capsule / bottle based on the above answers? We have done the math for you.

Based on the recommended IC/PBS 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 Super-Strength Aloe Vera capsules have the highest concentration of 100% organic freeze-dried aloe per capsule with no fillers, anthraquinones or insoluble fiber so you only need 6 per day.  Desert Harvest is the most affordable and effective aloe for IC/PBS.

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Learn more about how to distinguish between good and bad aloe vera products.

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, even today, less than one percent of readily available brands contain acceptable levels of Aloe vera.

The harm that is done by putting out an aloe vera beverage with only diluted, minute quantities of aloe vera in it is tremendous. The consumer receives no benefit and comes to the conclusion 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. It was the dilution problem that 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 that of 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 very strong 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. The manner in which 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 as well as the entire plant.