Aloe vera juices have long been used as a natural remedy for acid reflux, but will any aloe vera juice do? The truth is that aloe vera is a very complex plant to process and delicate measures have to be undertaken to ensure the survival of its nutrients. If you’re considering an aloe vera product, ask yourself these four questions to make sure you’re getting the best product possible.
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There are many manufacturers of aloe vera
As you approach your purchase of aloe vera, we encourage you to evaluate the manufacturer and the process for delivering you a health home remedy.
1. Is the aloe vera grown organically?
The International Aloe Science Council (IASC), a non-profit trade organization for the aloe vera industry worldwide, states on its website that one factor in considering the best aloe vera product is to find out if it is organically grown.
Some own and operate their own organic aloe vera farms and processing facilities in the US and the deserts of Mexico, optimal climates for this plant. By harvesting their own aloe vera they are able to ensure that all aloe leaves selected for processing are of the best quality.
Ideally these manufacturers will nourish and develop each plant to produce healthy 1 to 2 pound leaves that contain large levels of active ingredients. You should search for a manufacturer where their farming standards are certified, monitor, and audited by Oregon Tilth.
2. How does the aloe juice taste and smell?
Authentic aloe vera juice should be a forest green color with a bitter citrus taste. However, there are some aloe juices on the market that are clear with a watery, tasteless consistency. This is an easy indicator that the aloe vera juice has been distilled, a process that kills many of the beneficial nutrients. Distilled products are heated to a boiling point, and the steamed portion is collected and sold as product.
These distilled aloe vera juices also contain a label on the package disclosing that they are without polysaccharides, a molecule that provides the essential health benefits in aloe vera.
3. How is the aloe processed?
Aloe vera contains 200 biologically active components that are extremely sensitive to temperatures and handling for their survival. Processing aloe vera requires a delicate and careful operation. Once harvested, they should be immediately place their aloe leaves in refrigerated trailers to ensure no beneficial components are lost.
Furthermore, by law all aloe plants must be heat treated in order to remove any harmful bacteria on the plant. To meet this standard many companies use what is called “batch pasteurization,” a process that cooks the aloe vera plant, damaging any biological components.
4. Does the aloe juice contain polysaccharides?
The polysaccharides found in the aloe plant have been shown to support healthy digestion by maintaining a healthy stomach pH and supporting the growth of healthy bacteria. In one independent study, Lily of the Desert, a manufacturer of aloe vera juice, was compared with several other aloe vera products. The study found that Lily of the Desert has a 46% higher concentration of polysaccharides than the next leading brand.
According to the company, this unique distinction is due to an ingredient they add to their aloe products called Aloesorb™. Aloesorb™ is a concentration of high-molecular weight aloe polysaccharides, derived from the inner filet of the aloe vera plant and infused back into the product. Aloesorb™ is clinically proven to improve nutrient absorption, support a healthy immune system, enhance antioxidant support, and reduce toxic nitrate levels.
All aloe juices are not equal
To answer the opening question, not all aloe vera juices are equal. If you want to try aloe juice as a remedy for heartburn, be sure to do your research and find a high-quality product for best results. Always check with your doctor before trying a new remedy to make sure it’s safe for you.
Aloe vera juice has been aiding acid reflux sufferers for years and is a recognized natural remedy for GERD symptoms. These products are available at major grocery store chains across the U.S.