The reason is not that the aloe vera hurts the body, but because the aloe vera gel sold at stores like CVS, Target, and Walmart are lacking aloe vera, says Fox 6 Now. These brands all listed aloe vera juice as their main ingredient, yet the chemical markers that must be present for aloe vera juice were not present during testing.
Aloe vera has long been known for its healing properties. While the list of benefits is extensive, it will do no good if there is no real aloe vera in the products, says the Washington Post. These topical gels sold by retailers are not going to lower blood pressure or cure a sunburn because they consist of no natural aloe vera.
Aloe vera has been marketed as a natural cure-all for diseases. In fact, people can now purchase aloe vera juice to drink and cure ailments ranging from lowering their blood pressure to relieving heartburn to curing frostbite and sores to stopping the growth of breast cancer, according to the Washington Post. However, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health says that those claims are not substantiated by science.
About the Recent Study
The study was conducted by Bloomberg, which found that the favorite brands of gels out there contain no aloe vera. These store-brand aloe vera gels are on the honor system, meaning that if they say there are products containing aloe vera, the FDA trusts them to carry what they say. The FDA does not test these company formulations to see if they contain the ingredients they claim.
This study now proves why consumers must be cautious about what they buy.
When Bloomberg tested the store brand versions of the aloe vera gels, they found that they contained maltodextrin, which is a sugar used to imitate aloe vera gel, but it does not heal the same. Walgreen’s aloe vera gel contained malic acid.
The company that produces these gels, Fruit of the Earth, has disputed the results, reports Fox 6 Now. The company went on to state that they know where the raw ingredients for their products come from, reports The Washington Post.
CVS commented that their supplier reviewed the product and affirmed the product’s authenticity; therefore, they have no intention of stopping sales or pulling the product from their shelves.
23,000 Stores Could Carry Fake Gels
The gels that were assessed from these retailers total to 23,000 stores across the nation that may be selling fake aloe vera to their customers, reports Bloomberg.
Some are scrutinizing the tests saying that the nuclear magnetic resonance test is not reliable because it does not detect the present of certain ingredients and there is no way to test for real aloe after the product is made, says Bloomberg.