Sunday, December 2, 2018

How Desert Harvest Aloe Products Help Interstitial Cystitis

Desert Harvest was founded in 1993 to help a family member who was diagnosed with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome (IC/PBS). The goal was to find a natural product that would relieve her bladder pain, urinary urgency, and frequency.

The patented freeze dry process allows Desert Harvest to retain the maximum nutrients right after harvesting, while removing 100 percent of the water, insoluble fiber and the caustic latex chemicals called anthraquinones known to be irritating to the urinary and digestive tract. Unlike most aloe vera supplements and skincare, Desert Harvest retains the 75 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and polysaccharides to offer the highest quality and most effective products at affordable prices.  Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera contains acemannan, a polysaccharide chain of mannose molecules, and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) which adhere to the bladder mucosal lining to coat and protect it from irritants.  

Research Supports Use of Desert Harvest Aloe with IC/PBS Patients

In 1995, Desert Harvest conducted a Phase I double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial for the Super-Strength Aloe Vera Capsules which showed an 87.5% marked reduction in IC/PBS symptoms using 3600 mg (6 capsules) per day. In 2016 a survey of 20,000 Super-Strength Aloe Vera capsule users with IC/PBS helped collect additional data about dosage, effectiveness for varied IC symptoms, ramp up time to relief, as well as how to moderate dosage to best suit personal needs.

  • 92% of patients self-reported that they ‘experienced relief’ with concentrated oral aloe vera.
  • 67% of patients reported being able to reduce their medication levels
  • 63% of patients reported substantial (moderate or significant) improvement in urgency and frequency of urination 
  • 69% of patients reported substantial improvement in pelvic pain
  • 68% of patients reported substantial improvement in urethral burning

Super-Strength Aloe Vera works by coating the bladder to protect it from irritants. This can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months at the recommended dosage of 3600 mg per day.  By taking 3 capsules in the a.m. and 3 capsules in the p.m. those surveyed reported the following:

  • 30% of patients saw benefits within the first two weeks
  • 56% of patients saw their improvement within the first month. 
  • 25% of patients saw improvement between 1 and 3 months. 
  • 18% did not respond within the first three months; of those, 12% eventually saw benefit from continuing the course of treatment.

 Desert Harvest Nutrition Products for Interstitial Cystitis Patients

Because those with IC/PBS are also challenged with diet restrictions, Desert Harvest formulates nutritional supplements and all-natural skin care that are IC/PBS friendly, gluten free, preservative free, starch free, non-GMO, and free of allergens.  Some notable Desert Harvest supplements that are IC friendly.
  • Desert Harvest Calcium Glycerophosphatefound in Prelief, has been proven to remove up to 95% of acid in foods.  Take one capsule prior to eating foods that can cause irritation or are known triggers.
  • Desert Harvest Probiotic, bifidobacterium infantis, helps fortify the digestive system and defends against imbalance that can contribute to gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. One capsule per day can help with gastrointestinal conditions including IBS, ulcerative colitis (UC), leaky gut, constipation, chronic inflammation and bowel movement irregularity.
  • Desert Harvest Multi-Vitamin is a low acid supplement supplies a day’s recommended vitamins and minerals but is specifically formulated to be IC friendly. Some notable exceptions include:  
    • No B6 which many with IC are especially sensitive to
    • B9 from L-Methylfolate which is easy to digest, unlike folic acid
    • B12 from Methylcobalamin found in animal based foods and is naturally occurring rather than Cyanocobalamin, commonly used and chemically synthesized
    • Calcium Glycerophosphate that removes up to 95% of the acid in foods / drinks
    • Magnesium Oxide which supports calcium absorption, helps with chronic constipation and IBS
    • Buffered Vitamin C with 40 mg of calcium ascorbate for sensitivity

 Desert Harvest Products Can Ease Irritation "Down There"

Desert Harvest all-natural skincare also incorporates super-strength aloe in the highest concentration to take advantage of the anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antibacterial, antiseptic and anaesthetic properties that make aloe a great topical for varied skin irritations. All skincare is paraben-free, petrochemical-free and has no artificial fragrance or preservatives.

Aloe Gele is made with 100% organic aloe vera, helps improve skin’s natural firmness and moisture. Ideal for burns, sunburn, acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, vulvodynia, lichen sclerosus, Sjogren’s and as a soothing coating for the vulva and labia after multiple bathroom trips and wiping.

Aloe Glide® is a pH balanced personal lubricant made with 100% aloe vera with added all-natural ingredients to make is slippery and extra gentle for sensitive tissue. Recommended by healthcare practitioners for intimacy, vaginal dryness, menopause discomfort, physical therapy and vulvodynia.

Releveum® with 4% lidocaine, aloe vera, calendula and botanicals, is a patented formula for intense skin repair. It helps relieve pain associated with radiation dermatitis, chemical and kitchen burns, severe sunburn, shingles, psoriasis, vulvodynia, Sjogren’s lichen sclerosus, hemorrhoids, nerve pain and neuropathy. Helps improve healing time of wounds while preventing scarring and discoloration of tissue.

Desert Harvest Financial Assistance Programs

Desert Harvest works with organizations and healthcare professionals to help educate and advocate for all those with IC/PBS worldwide. By offering discounts for military, EMS, teachers, Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, they help defray costs for those on limited incomes.  Their Compassionate Assistance Program (CAP) offers qualified individuals free or discounted Super-Strength Aloe Vera and Reléveum® for up to one year at a time.   In addition to every day discounts, Desert Harvest’s semi-annual sales in July and December offer extra ways to save on top of volume savings and offered discounts.

To receive an additional discount on the Desert Harvest products mentioned, enter ICDiet10 when you check out. In addition to your discount, Desert Harvest provides a referral fee to Confident Choices which helps support my work with interstitial cystitis patients all over the world!

For more information and to try samples of Desert Harvest Super-Strength Aloe Vera capsules, Aloe Gele, Aloe Glide® or Releveum®, please visit or call 1-800-222-3901.

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