Raw Nopal Cactus Powder
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You might know Nopal Cactus by it's more common name "Prickly Pear Cactus". Nopal Cactus is made from the oval shaped cactus 'pads' rather than the fruit of the cactus.
Nopal Cactus has been used in a whole range of Mexican dishes for centuries and the testament to how much Mexicans' love this cactus is that it appears on their national flag!
Thousands of years ago the Aztecs considered Nopal Cactus to be the food of royalty and warriors. When the Spanish invaded Mexico they discovered that Nopal mysteriously healed scurvy and helped to ward off hunger.
Low GI & Zero Glycemic Load
Nopal Cactus has a GI rating of only 7 as well a a glycemic load of zero. More than a dozen human studies have shown positive results in terms of lower blood sugar levels when this amazing super food is ingested by people with Hyperemia.
|According to the authors of an article published in the Frontiers in Bioscience Journal (2006), "Experimental evidence suggest that cactus pear reduces cholesterol levels in human blood." This journal article refers to 5 different studies that all found that the cholesterol and triglyceride plasma levels of rats was strongly reduced after 30 days of a daily administration of Nopal Cactus of 1g per kilogram of weight - read full article.|
Excellent Source of Fibre
Nopal Cactus has more than 56 grams of Fibre (per 100g) and is considered an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibres are believed to help keep blood sugar stable.
|An article published in 1998, entitled "Composition of pulp, skin & seeds of prickly pear fruit found the fruit to be rich in Fibre and the researchers concluded that Prickly Pear should be more widely used "because of its potential nutrient contribution" - read full article.|
Packed With Nutrients & Amino Acids
Nopal Cactus also provides your body with Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It also contains 10 essential amino acids.
Rich in Antioxidants & Great For Detox
This amazing super food has gained attention from the scientific community of late as it is the richest plant source of Betalains. Betalains are a phytochemical that scientists believe can help the body to detox. Betalains are also believed to help reduce inflammation and offer protection from a wide range of disorders. Clinical trials have also shown Nopal to be effective in scavenging free radicals.
|In an article published in Horizon Science in July, 2013 the researchers discovered that Nopal Cactus contains 18 amino acids, main varieties of fibre (lignin, cellulose, hemicelluloses, pectin, etc) as well as minerals such as magnesium, sodium, potassium and iron. According to the researchers these help the body to remove immunodepressants like and ammonia, free radicals and toxins like such as the metabolic byproducts of alcohol and cigarettes - read full article.|
Supports Healing of The Stomach
Nopal's high content of soluble fibre, mucilaginous polysaccharides and unique glycoproteins have been demonstrated to exert a soothing and healing effect on damaged and irritated gastric mucosa (the mucous membrane layer of the stomach).
|In a study published in November 2012, researchers studied the effect of Nopal Cactus on rats who had had the protective mucous layer of their stomachs damaged. The researchers concluded that an extract from the Cactus could "effectively prevent serious gastric lesions" in some cases. Read the full article.|
How does it taste?
Nopal has a very slight sweet taste and works well in your smoothie, water or before a meal to reduce the GI factor of the meal.
Raw For Maximum Benefit
Our Nopal Cactus is sun dried naturally to preserve the maximum amount of nutritional benefit.
|Nutritional Info||100% Dehydrated Sun Dried Nopal Cactus Powder. Pesticide and additive free.|
|Where Does It Come From?||Cultivated in its' native environment; the high mountain volcanic region of Mexico.|