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Over the past few years there has been a huge push to find the next â��super foodâ�� that will help improve a personâ��s overall health.Â It seems like this trend started a few years ago with the discover of the many health benefits of the pomegranate and has continued until today.Â One of the newest discoveries in the last few years has been the amazing health benefits that are derived from consuming the prickly pear fruit, or Nopal Cactus.Â The nopal cactus is a plant that is native to Mexico and parts of the southwestern United States.Â It has been used for many years in Mexican cuisine and is just now being utilized for the many vitamins, minerals and other health promoting contents. Â
Â One of the leading supplements for the nopal cactus or prickly pear is a new juice called Nopalea.Â Nopalea takes all of the benefits of the Nopal Cactus plant, adds other inflammation fighting ingredients and packs them into a great tasting drink. Nopalea has been shown to improve the overall health of those that drink it. To fully understand the benefits that are offered by Nopalea one must understand the benefits that are given by consuming the Nopal cactus especially it's fruit. Â
Â Wikipedia the free encyclopedia tells us "Nopales are very rich in insoluble and especially soluble dietary fiber. They are also rich in vitamins (especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K, but also riboflavin and vitamin B6) and minerals (especially magnesium, potassium, and manganese, but also iron and copper). Nopales have a high calcium content, but the nutrient is not biologically available because it is present as calcium oxalate, which is neither highly soluble nor easily absorbed through the intestinal wall. Addition of nopales also reduces the glycemic effect of a mixed meal. Nopales are low carbohydrate and may help in the treatment of diabetes."Â http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nopal
Â The nopal cactus, also known as the prickly pear, is packed with vitamins and minerals.Â Vitamin A, C, K, B6 and riboflavin are all found in the plant as well as the minerals potassium, magnesium, manganese, and iron.Â This blend of powerful vitamins and minerals can help detoxify and cleanse your body while at the same time giving you energy to get through your busy day.Â
The Betalains that are also contained in the fruit are a powerful anti-toxin and anti-inflammatory.Â These Betalains help detoxify the body by promoting liver and kidney function.Â These Betalain antioxidants also help neutralize toxins such as uric acid that can build up in your body when your kidneys are overloaded with the toxins that enter into the human body every day.Â This detoxification will help reduce inflammation in areas of your body.
Wikipedia the free encyclopedia tells us this about Betalains "Betalains may exhibit anti-cancer activity. Betalains from the prickly pear showed considerable free radical scavenger and antioxidant properties in vitro to protect endothelium from cytokine-induced redox state alteration, through ICAM-1 inhibition." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betalains The Nopal Cactus has been thought to also reduce inflammation, improve blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, stabilize blood sugars, and even fight cancer.
Wellness.com say this "Use of nopal and chloropropamide concomitantly may increase the hypoglycemic (blood sugar-lowering) effect and levels of insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes. Broiled nopal stems (not crude stems), nopal extract, or dietary cactus ingestion may lower blood sugar levels. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional as dosing may need to be adjusted." http://www.wellness.com/reference/herb/nopal-opuntia/dosing-and-safety
Â As with all supplements you should speak with your doctor before adding any kind of nutritional supplement, even Nopalea to your diet.Â Be sure to ask about any interactions that may occur with supplements or medications that you are currently taking. Â
Â If you are interested in starting a Nopalea supplement program you can start by requesting information from the contact page on this site or ordering online with the link shown above.