Before any products are reviewed here on Cactus Facts, we first would like to give you an idea on why some types of cactus are so beneficial to your health. People have been using prickly pear cactus as an ANTI-Cancer agent successfully. I would prefer to take cactus juice any day over chemotherapy. Also, you can prevent hangovers the next day by drinking cactus juice before consuming alcohol. Another thing to mention is the amount of antioxidants that reside inside cactus pears. So lets get a little more in depth about what things are possible with some cactus nutrients!
Cactus Facts – The Nopal Cactus
There are so many names you will find the nopal cactus under like, opuntia, cactus pear fruit, nopol, prickly pear, tuna cardona, westwood-pear, and the list goes on. So now that we know some of the names you will see it as in the health food store, lets find out some uses. Accordings to different websites like Wellness.com, nopal cactus is used to treat type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar. The doses taken are 100 to 500g of broiled stems, divided into three equal amounts and consumed throughout the day states the NMCD(Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database). Some other known uses are for high cholesterol, colitis, obesity, viral infections, diarrhea and BPH(benign prostatic hypertrophy). One of the main selling points that you will see in a lot of nopal cactus products is the reduction of inflammation and constipation. So by now you must think, why isnt everyone using cactus in their everyday life? Well it all starts with just one person at a time.
Cactus Facts – Cactus Leaf Fights Cancer
Two plant compounds that are a key component for cactus leafs antioxidant properties are, phenolics and flavonoids. These antioxidants protect your healthy cells from damage of free radicals and will hypothetically slow the aging process explains the National Cancer Institute. The cactus leaf can protect the immune system also preventing oxidative stress. Some people unfortunately suffer side effects from taking certain types of cactus. Symptoms could include difficulty breathing, skin rashes, chest pains, water loss, and a bowel movement increase.
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