Raw Nopal Cactus
(500gm fine powder)
100% Pure Sun Dried
The case for its Antioxidant superfood status:
The stems and fruits of Opuntia ficus-indica contain eight flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties. They’re also high in vitamin C, and a study in the August 2004 “Journal of Clinical Nutrition” reported on a comparison between vitamin C and prickly pear fruit to see if there were differences in antioxidant potency. Although both decreased oxidative damage to lipids and improved antioxidant status in healthy humans, only the prickly pear fruit significantly affected body oxidative stress.
The case for its Cholesterol Lowering superfood status:
In the U.S. medical research in the past decade has confirmed that nopales has the ability to lower LDL cholesterol levels. A 2003 medical study published by Nuclear Medicine Review: Central and Eastern Europe demonstrated that ten patients with high blood cholesterol levels were given dietary counseling for six weeks, then asked to eat prickly pear cactus for six weeks. The scientists found that these patients’ livers were able to handle the regulation of LDL cholesterol significantly better by eating prickly pear cactus.
The case for its Blood Sugar Lowering superfood status:
Nopal has been studied for its effects on blood sugar levels, with one study published in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” in 1995 finding the cactus extracts caused a significant decrease in blood glucose values by almost 18 percent. The Calzada Tecnologico in Baja California also discovered that adding nopal to traditional high-carbohydrate Mexican meals among patients with Type 2 diabetes induced a reduction in glucose concentration after the meal.
I am thinking one of either these abilities should move it into the superfood category. But all three? What amazing strengths for a plant that is found prolifically on the side of the road…