Whole Leaf Aloe Vera products are filtered to remove the toxic skin parts. However, this also removes parts of the desired active ingredients from the inside of the leaf. As a result, it makes more sense to use aloe products that are only made from pure leaf gel right from the start. Filtering is not necessary here so that ultimately more active ingredients are contained. The use of the acemannan supplement comes important there.
Hand filleted/peeled and organic
It would be ideal if the leaves were peeled by hand, as this ensures that the shell has actually been completely removed.
Organic quality is a must. Although the plant itself is not susceptible to pests, pesticides are not required. However, in organic fields, weeds are not removed with herbicides, the plants are not artificially fertilized, mixed culture may be used and processing is as gentle as possible overall.
No concentrates, but direct juice
As with other juices, aloe vera juice from concentrate should be avoided. Here the gel is first processed into concentrate (under strong heat) – from which the active ingredient content suffers – and then diluted again with water. Instead, it should be direct juice.
Pasteurization or preservation?
Aloe vera juice cannot do without preservation. How else should it stay in the bottle for a few weeks or even months? If it were not preserved, it would have to be offered on the cooling shelf and would be spoiled after a few days.
There are usually two methods of preservation: either the juice is pasteurized or provided with plenty of artificial preservatives.
We recommend pasteurized aloe vera juices – not least because the main active ingredient in aloe vera juice, the overdose (acemannan), is not sensitive to heat so that preservation with preservatives does not have any advantages, on the contrary, the possible disadvantages of the synthetic substances are accepted must take.
The IASC seal
If you are looking for the IASC seal (International Aloe Science Council), also check on their website (www.iasc.org) whether the product you have selected also appears there and is not illegally bearing the seal, which is already the case should have occurred.
However, the IASC seal is to be viewed critically. The organization is clearly manufacturer-dominated and often doesn’t guarantee much more than a minimum of 15 percent aloe vera, which doesn’t sound very trustworthy. The IASC does not take care of guaranteed active substance contents, gentle processing, organic cultivation or as few additives as possible.
The higher this active ingredient is dosed, the more effective the aloe vera juice. High-quality aloe vera juices deliver around 1200 mg acemannan per liter. Acemannan is sometimes called overdose. If the manufacturer does not specify the Acemannan content, simply ask there.
Check the ingredient list
Check the list of ingredients on the label or in the product description. The aloe species should be noted there, namely Aloe Vera or Aloe Barbadensis Miller. This ingredient should come first. If there is water or another ingredient, this means that this ingredient contains more than the aloe vera.
If the product says “100% pure aloe vera juice”, it only means that it is pure juice, so there is no wine or beer in it. However, you will not find out whether it is a high-quality juice or not, whether it is a concentrated juice or a direct juice.