The Prickly Pear Cactus has been around for ages as both a food and medicine used by Central and South American natives. It is believed that the use of this special plant dates back to the time of the Aztecs. In fact, the Spanish explorers quickly grabbed onto the significance of this plant and brought varieties back to Europe to grow.
One reason the Prickly Pear Cactus is so popular and so good for you is because it contains a special class of natural antioxidants called betalains. These, red, violet, yellow, and orange pigments, known as betalains, are found only in certain plants, such as the Prickly Pear Cactus, beets, Swiss chard, and a few types of mushrooms.
The pigment is noticeable in many other inedible plants, such as flowers of many species, including the bougainvillea.
It is believed that betalains may be natural cancer fighters, and it is particularly believed that the betalains found in the Prickly Pear Cactus contain very high antioxidant characteristics.
According to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “Our results show that cactus pear fruit is a source of bioavailable betalains and suggest that indicaxanthin and betanin may be involved in the observed protection of LDL against ex vivo-induced oxidative modifications.”
In layman’s terms, betalains appear to lower the “bad” cholesterol levels
Here are some other benefits of drinking the juice from the Prickly Pear Cactus and the betalains it contains:
1. Lowers cholesterol
2. Helps the liver stay healthy
3. Counteracts stress in the body
4. Cleanses the colon
5. Helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body
6. Boost the immune system
7. Protects cells and organs against damage
8. Reduces the chance of blood clots
Made from the Prickly Pear Cactus, Nopalea Juice is becoming increasingly popular as people turn to it for relieve and help with the above eight items, but also for even more. Those who regularly drink the juice from the Nopal cactus say they find relief from joint pain, fibromyalgia symptoms, acne, diabetes, and other forms of pain.
The renowned Dr. Oz Mehmet has touted the benefits of the Opuntia (Nopal) Cactus on his television show at least during two episodes. During one, he did a demonstration about how eating the Prickly Pear Cactus helps regulate blood sugar levels and therefore can help people suffering from diabetes.
He also joked with comedian Jimmy Fallon about the Prickly Pear Cactus Juice’s ability to relieve the symptoms of a hangover. He named the cactus one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
He spoke about how it was highly fibrous, as well.
Teens have told tales about how drinking Nopalea Juice has cleared up acne like prescription medication could not. Drinking this juice has relieved joint pain, swelling, and other chronic pain.
It is a natural anti-inflammatory and natural antioxidant, so it can offer consumers a double whammy of goodness for those who drink it. Its popularity is growing globally as people realize the importance of drinking a juice that not only tastes good but also is good for you.