Good for you that you are interested in facts. We are too. When Han van de Braak BSc LicAc MCSP MBAcC (Retd.) looked for an aloe vera for his family in 2001 he started out having some well known products tested. The results were surprising -very different from the marketing spin that came with these products- and so, more products were tested. Nearly one hundred tests in all and along this timeline the “oh bother I’ll make it myself” point was reached.
OK, let’s start with the industry standard test for the ‘oomph’ of any aloe vera product. It is called Methanol Precipitated Solids (MeOHPS) and reflects the total quantity of beta-linked polysaccharides (these are sugars that cannot be broken down by amylase enzymes and thus are absorbed intact into your bloodstream; it’s the alpha-linked sugars that are a problem to diabetics and pre-diabetics). Their function is often referred to as a ‘conductor’ with other nutrients within aloe vera being the ‘orchestra’.
|Comparison||Aloeride Extra Strong||High Strength Aloe Vera Tablet||Maximum Strength Aloe Vera Juice||Aloe Vera Gel|
Independent testing shows the label ‘High Strength Aloe Vera Tablet’ to be a gross misnomer because at best you’d get a placebo effect after paying their not-even-cheap retail price. A well known aloe vera gel scores 1,800mg/L but, on testing that same product some years later, their value dropped to 1,450mg/L, so is this a winter harvest or is this the Grocery Shrink Ray (quietly stealing our food). Who knows, all we can say is that Aloeride swims against that tide (from 4,680 to 5,880 and from 180mg/vcaps to 426mg/vcaps without taking all those cost consequences to our customers).
|Comparison||Aloeride Extra Strong||Aloe Vera Gel|
|Purity expressed in MeOHPS/Total Solids||31.88%||3.65%|
One manufacturer advertises their nurturing products to be based on 100% pure aloe. The industry standard test for aloe vera purity is methanol precipitated solids expressed as part of total solids. Theirs measured 3.65% which differs somewhat from the impression 100% gives you. As to the practical question “could one do better” the self evident answer from independent tests is “of course”, purity is a choice of production Quality Control. Aloeride scores 31.88% i.e. predictably contains more conductors, predictably has a greater chance of benefit.
Some believe a certification seal to represent the only way to validate an aloe vera product to the world market and to quality minded consumers. But when one seal approves greatly differing product specifications, you probably agree that it isn’t much of a quality control assurance:
|Products carrying the same 'Seal Of Approval'||Product 1 2004||Product 1 2011||Product 2|
|Purity expressed in MeOHPS/Total Solids||3.65%||0.145%||0.053%|
|MeOHPS the working polysaccharides||1800mg/L||1450mg/L||880mg/L|
|Very long chain immune modulatory polysaccharides 2.0 x 106 Da||0.05%||0.00%||0.55%|
|Long chain immune modulatory polysaccharides 1.0 x 106 Da||1.00%||0.00%||0.87%|
|Intracellular antioxidants polysaccharides 4.8 x 105 Da||6.41%||31.78%||36.71%|
|Inflammation modulatory polysaccharides 6.60 x 104 Da||7.02%||60.13%||57.38%|
|Smaller Dalton lengths||85.53%|
The first two columns are the same Aloe Vera Gel tested in different years. The purity dropped, the MeOHPS (oomph) dropped, two immune modulatory values dropped to 0.00% meaning that this liquid aloe vera gel (aloe vera juice) lacks two fractions and thus at best has limited immune modulatory effect. This may be a whim of climate or the result of concentrating an aloe vera gel that had poor values to start with (likely because purity value is but 0.145%). Research shows aloe vera to have immune modulating properties but, if in the growing or in the manufacturing process the immune modulatory fractions wither, then a consumer product (i.e. aloe vera gel) will not exert that effect. A unique and huge advantage of Aloeride is that we can blend in in-ratio organic, very long chain polysaccharide aloe vera barbadensis miller fractions if laboratory tests of the original spectrum show a necessity for this. To the best of our knowledge we are the only manufacturer to go these extra miles.
|Aloeride Extra Strong 2004||Aloe Vera Juice|
|MeOHPS (beta-linked polysaccharide working solids)||4680mg/L||1150mg/L|
|Very long chain immune modulatory polysaccharides 2.0 x 106 Da||0.36%||0.00%|
|Long chain immune modulatory polysaccharides 1.0 x 106 Da||0.93%||0.73%|
|Intracellular antioxidants polysaccharides 4.8 x 105 Da||4.22%||6.74%|
|Inflammation modulatory polysaccharides 6.60 x 104 Da||28.87%||8.72%|
|Smaller Dalton lengths||65.61%||83.81%|
From this test you can see that Aloeride Extra Strong has greater purity, provides 4.06x more beta-linked polysaccharide working solids, this aloe vera juice doesn’t have any very long chain immune modulatory fraction, Aloeride provides 13.44x more inflammation modulatory polysaccharides. When the smaller Dalton fraction gets to 83.81% this percentage includes broken-up polysaccharides as a result of poor processing.
|Aloeride Extra Strong||Aloe Vera Gel||Aloe Vera Powder|
Another Quality Control choice is how many laxative anthraquinones remain in an aloe vera consumer product. Vital to know because these molecules in aloe vera cause diarrhoea. An independent laboratory wrote that 48.2ppm in aloe vera gel would have notable laxative effect, so 168ppm would purge. None of all the above is included in labelling, it is very much caveat emptor which is why we share this information. So when someone says “I tried aloe vera but I did not respond well to it” then you now know of the things that make the difference: proper purity, high MeOHPS potency whilst at the same time preserving the different fractions, remove laxative molecules. Another thing you now know, how foolish it is to assume that aloe vera gel or aloe vera juice is best, verification proves it isn’t. The above is a tiny section of the laboratory tests we authorised, it was an expensive examination that substantiated just how special Aloeride is.
Aloeride is a proudly British product, made in Wiltshire by a MHRA, VMD and FDA accredited pharmaceutical clinical trial company under the auspices of Han van de Braak BSc LicAc MCSP MBAcC (Retd.). Further external and independent quality control includes the Soil Association and accredited laboratories in England, America and Germany.
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