IASC -- International Aloe Science Council provides certifications and seals of quality to manufacturers of Aloe Vera products especially those who match or exceed industry standards ... it provides you, the consumer with the assurance that you're buying the 'real thing' i.e. products that are industry compliant.
That's why International Aloe Science Council was established to provide and enforce quality control
procedures in the Aloe Vera industry especially in the manufacture of
health care products.
This Aloe products policing outfit is based in Texas, US with the sole purpose of providing Certification for unadulterated Aloe Vera products under different categories. This has led IASC to make it a point of duty for manufacturers to clearly state the percentage of Aloe Vera contained in each of their products ...
It implies that International Aloe Science Council certification clearly states that a product was produced under strict hygienic conditions and contains the right quantity of Aloe Vera.
You must understand that, the International Aloe Science Council, does not give a 100% certification to any product but close to 100%. A fact you should note is that, 100% pure Aloe Vera juice wouldn't stand test of time as it would either rot or ferment long before reaching the point of sale. Hence most Aloe products have to be stabilized or mixed with other fruit juices to help it stand the much needed durability.
Although, products can achieve near 100% but not pure 100%. So any liquid product on the market that claims to be "100% Aloe Vera" cannot be genuinely quite 100%. And, any liquid product which claims not to contain preservatives is not true unless it were canned or otherwise sterilized or on very short term ...
That's why International Aloe Science Council certifies products that contain as much as 95% aloe vera down to as low as 10%.
What that means is that, certification does not guarantee 98% - 100% Aloe but defines volume based on type and content -- for example any product that is labeled Aloe Vera 'juice' must contain over 95% Aloe. While Aloe 'beverage' must contain nothing short of 50% Aloe Vera juice and Aloe Vera "Drinks" may contain as little as 10% Aloe juice.
Oftentimes, some products could have about 15% Aloe and make up the balance 85% with mostly fruit juice to make a drink combining the health aspects of Aloe with an attractive and refreshing flavor.
Meanwhile, Aloe Vera "Concentrate" must have had some of the water removed to attain a desired strength, though no lower limit of such water removal is specified. Obviously it is very important for your sake that these different types of product are clearly identified on labels.
Of course, the key to understanding how different classes of Aloe product compare is by familiarizing yourself with the different categories of product defined by the International Aloe Science Council.
The International Aloe Science Council, and other countries such as the European Union, China, and Korea, have established standards to define what is -- and what is not, "Aloe Vera" in finished products.
That's why International Aloe Science Council standards states that only products containing acemannan, or the beta 1-4 acetylated glucomannans, can be accurately labeled as Aloe Vera. Acemannan is a naturally occurring polysaccharide that is present in Aloe Vera and is used as an identifier of the botanical by analytical means. Therefore, products that do not contain acemannan are not considered to be true Aloe Vera based on this standard.
However, you may note that the primary component of the plant used in most products is the leaf, which can be processed in two ways to make Aloe Vera juice. Aloe vera juice can then also be converted to powder or concentrated.
The other substance found within the leaf that has been used in commerce, primarily as an Over The Counter (OTC) laxative drug, is the Aloe latex. This substance is found between the rind and the inner leaf material, and is a bitter, yellow-brown to reddish substance that contains anthraquinones, including a powerful constituent called aloin which acts as a laxative.
Therefore, to conform with industry standard, manufacturers must remove this substance during raw material processing and the IASC standard for aloin in products for oral consumption is less than 10ppm (parts per million). And, for products for topical usage, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review established a limit of 50ppm of aloin, which is the accepted industry standard.
Yes, many products claim to contain Aloe Vera on the label. As with many industries, adulteration and misbranding can occur. The IASC has managed a seal-based certification program since the mid 1980's. This program seeks to clearly identify products in the marketplace that contain aloe vera from those that do not.
According to the IASC website, the program consists of on-site inspections of manufacturing facilities and the analysis of raw materials and finished products using scientific/analytical methodologies to accurately determine the presence of Aloe Vera.
As you can see, products displaying the seal, and listed on the certified products list of the IASC website, have demonstrated compliance with these parameters and are proven to contain Aloe Vera.
Deligently, IASC also provided you with lists of products and companies that are not certified and those that have been found using the seal or program language without actively participating/having their products analyzed ...
Well, the best Aloe Vera product is the one that has been proven to contain Aloe Vera and that you enjoy. Whether it is made from organically grown Aloe Vera, contains 90% Aloe Vera juice or 85% Aloe Vera juice, is made of inner leaf or purified whole leaf juice, is flavored or not, are all choices you need to make based on your personal preferences and experiences.
Looking for the IASC certification seal is one way to know that you are getting a product that contains
Aloe Vera. If a product is not displaying the seal – though it MAY contain Aloe Vera - there’s no way
for you to know it with any certainty. Some companies also use the seal illegally so you have to check
the certified products list to be sure they are an active participant and their products have been analyzed and approved.
Whatever, you seek in Aloe Vera -- IASC has the power and has done well to give seal of quality to manufactures/firms that have met all its standards. So look for the products that have the SEAL! and you can be rest assured ... the power is in the SEAL!