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Aloe The Natural Polysaccharide (natural alternative to Elmiron)

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aloe-vera_leafAloe Vera has long been proclaimed as a medicinal plant helpful in healing a long list of diseases and disorders.  It's a natural anti-inflammatory that has been used for centuries both internally and externally.

Aloe Vera is a natural occurring polysaccharide.  If that term sounds familiar to you, it's because Elmiron (most common drug prescribed for interstitial cystitis) is a synthetic polysaccharide. In fact, some specific types of Aloe Vera are used as a natural alternative to Elmiron.




Replacing The Bladder Lining

For IC Patients, polysaccharides are believed to have a protective effect on the bladder which helps sooth bladder pain.  It is theorized that these naturally occuring substances work by replacing the defective GAG lining in the bladder.

If you have Interstitial Cystitis, then you have probably heard and/or tried Elmiron.  Elmiron is one of the first things your doctor will prescribe once you are diagnosed with interstitial cystitis.  And while Elmiron works great for some IC patients, it does have side effects.  The two most common are hair loss and weight gain.

An all natural alternative to Elmiron is Aloe Vera.  But not any type of Aloe Vera will do. It takes a special kind of Aloe Vera, and it must be specially processed in order for it to help with Interstitial Cystitis, Chronic Pelvic Pain, Bladder Pain or non-bacterial Prostatitis.

Take a minute to watch this video and learn more about Aloe Vera and Interstitial Cystitis.

Whole Leaf Aloe Vera

Desert Harvest's Aloe Vera Capsules are clinically proven to reduce interstitial cystitis symptoms. The Urology Wellness Center in Rockville, Maryland, conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of their whole leaf aloe vera in IC patients. The results showed that 87.5% of the patients who completed the study received relief from at least some of their symptoms. Fifty percent received significant relief from all or most of their symptoms and were able to return to a more normal lifestyle. Only one patient did not respond within the first 30 days.

Desert Harvest has a whole line of Aloe Vera products including Buffered Vitamin C with Aloe Vera, Calcium/Vitamin D with aloe vera and Glucosamine with Aloe Vera.  If you are interested in trying out their products, Desert Harvest offers a special to first time buyers.  Just follow this link to their web site:  Desert Harvest Aloe Vera





Aloe is truly a miraculous plant that has many medicinal benefits.  In addition to IC, Aloe is used to treat intestinal disorders like Gastritis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Many people drink Aloe Vera Juice to treat these intestinal problems. Again, you have to be careful if you have IC to choose pure, high quality Aloe Vera Products.  Many aloe vera products include citric acid as a preservative which can exacerbate IC symptoms.

One final note.  Aloe vera is not the only natural polysaccharides.  Other natural polysaccharides include glucosamine, chondroitin, marshmellow root and spirulina.  More on those to come in another article.



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