Why Desert Harvest’s Aloe Vera Plant Derived Products Are Superior in Purity and Quality
The aloe vera plant holds some of nature’s richest healing secrets within it’s spiky leaves, but not all aloe vera products are created equal. Misleading labels often result in a product that is far from containing the actual aloe vera plant.
The aloe vera plant really is a marvelous boon to mankind. Did you know that the Egyptians called aloe vera the plant of immortality? Research confirms this ancient wisdom! Science suggests that the dietary supplementation of antioxidants can reverse the aging process, and the aloe vera plant is rich in antioxidants. In one study, the introduction of nectarines, resveratrol, and aloe vera plant extract extended the adult life of fruit flies by reducing the expression of oxidative-stress genes.
According to a recent market research report by Credence, the aloe vera market is supposed to increase by a CAGR of 6.2% from 2017 to 2025. That equates to a growth of 1 billion dollars! Demand for the aloe vera plant continues to increase in the food industry, cosmetic industry, and pharmaceutical industry.
With such a wide profit margin, it is no surprise that most companies spout the health benefits of aloe vera and put it in everything from juice to face cream. We’ve all seen the commercials and read the advertisements that boast some miraculous claims.
Zero Aloe Vera Plant in Aloe Vera Gel
Do consumers truly receive these health benefits from the aloe vera in the products? Unfortunately, this is not the case in the aloe vera gel sold by national retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, and CVS according to various lab tests. These lab tests took samples of the aloe vera gel, and the tests indicated zero indication of the plant whatsoever.
Fortunately, there is a company called Desert Harvest whose founder has gone to great lengths to ensure that their products contain 100% aloe vera. I reached out to Desert Harvest with some inquiries regarding their aloe vera, and they provided me with some fascinating insight regarding the steps they take to provide consumers with aloe vera that is 100% concentrated from the plant, pure, and the highest quality possible.
Desert Harvest Interview
Kaitlin: According to a recent article by Bloomberg, I understand that samples of store-brand aloe vera gel showed no indication of the plant in various lab tests. How is that possible?
Desert Harvest: Unfortunately, there are several ways that aloe can be faked or diluted and there are no regulations currently preventing companies from selling fake aloe. An aloe vera plant is 95% water. So the easiest thing for many companies to do is claim their product is 100% aloe vera when in reality, without taking care to concentrate the nutrients, you are getting 95% water. When tests are done on aloe vera products, they are testing for acemannan, glucose, and malic acid. Acemannan and glucose are parts of the nutrient content in the aloe vera plant that are easily tested for. In a product that has not removed the 95% water in the aloe, their acemannan and glucose will show really low (low nutrient content). The testing for malic acid is done to see if the aloe is degraded. When an aloe leaf is harvested the nutrients in the aloe plant immediately start degrading. If you’ve ever seen aloe leaves for sale in a grocery store, they would have a high malic acid ratio because all the nutrients have degraded. Within six hours of harvest of an aloe leaf the enzymes in the aloe plant have significantly degraded the nutrients. That is why it requires immediate, on-site at the farm processing to preserve the nutrients in an aloe leaf. This is a costly process to preserve the nutrients, and many companies would rather not spend the expense to retain the nutrients. The last and most used way to fake aloe vera is using a filler called maltodextrin. Maltodextrin is a sugar that can mimic aloe vera in texture, as well as provide false positive results in aloe vera testing. This is an underhanded way for disreputable companies to make a quick buck on a worthless product ergo the class action lawsuit noted. They found maltodextrin instead of 100% aloe as claimed on the label.
Kaitlin: Could you please explain the process behind Desert Harvest's aloe vera, and why it is one of the purest forms available on the market today?
Desert Harvest: We take care in every step of processing our Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera, which is used in all of our products. We start by growing the Aloe Barbadensis Miller species of aloe plant (the heartiest of aloe species). We contract with organic farms all over the Caribbean that can grow our aloe in volcanic soil, which increases the nutrient content. We set up on-site processing at the farms. The initial processing of our aloe vera happens within 20 minutes of harvest to preserve the highest amount of nutrients. Then we use a patented process to filter out all the anthraquinones (latex chemicals naturally in aloe vera that can act as an irritant to the colon and can be carcinogenic over time when taken internally), as well as all the insoluble fiber and excess water. We freeze-dry the aloe, as heat-treating aloe would kill all the nutrients. To give you an idea of how concentrated Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera is, it takes an entire 4-foot-by-4-foot Aloe Barbadensis Miller plant to make one of our 180-capsule bottles.
Thanks to Desert Harvest’s ethical and transparent cultivation of the aloe vera plant, you can experience the healing benefits of Aloe Barbadensis Miller for yourself while purchasing from a company you can trust! You can read more about the healing properties of aloe vera on Desert Harvest’s website here where they offer a wide variety of products with 100% pure aloe vera as a primary ingredient. I had the privilege of interviewing Desert Harvest previously, and you can check out more behind-the-scenes details from Desert Harvest in that article.