What is Nopal Cactus?
Nopal Cactus also known as prickly pear has been used medicinally for generations by Indigenous Mexicans. Grown on the central plateau of Mexico our Nopal powder is organic and ethically produced. It grows with the wild agave cactus and is harvested by the indigenous Hnahu people. Along with the agave it provides them with a sustainable source of income that supports their traditional cultural practices.
The unique phytonutrients found in the Nopal cactus have been scientifically shown to have numerous health benefits. Supporting pancreatic function, lowering Cholesterol and promoting intestinal health
, Nopal as an adjunct to a healthy diet can help facilitate detoxification while improving overall health and vitality.
Sugar Metabolism and Pancreatic support
Studies have shown that regular consumption of Nopal Cactus facilitates the stabilization and regulation of blood sugar levels
through increasing the body's insulin sensitivity. Nopal fiber is mucilaginous by nature and can be used as a way to buffer your body's insulin response when you consume high GI (glycemic index) foods. Balancing blood sugar becomes easier when following an eating style that incorporates low GI foods. Slowed aging, stable moods and increased mental clarity are some of the benefits associated with following a low GI eating style
Fluid Interchange and Fat Metabolism
Nopal's ability to absorb water and satiate the appetite
makes it the perfect slimming supplement. Combined with its ability to regulate blood sugar Nopal has started to become for use in weight loss. The naturally occurring vegetable proteins found in Nopal pull fluids from the body's tissues into the bloodstream reducing the effects of edema and diminishing cellulite
Heart Health and Cholestorol
Containing significant quantities of Niacin, fiber and amino acids
, scientific literature from Mexico has shown that Nopal helps reduce cholesterol levels
. The insulin regulating properties helps prevent excess blood sugar converting to fat, while metabolizing triglycerides and fats. Niacin has been shown to convert LDL to HDL ("bad" cholesterol to "good" cholesterol) therefore decreasing the risk of heart disease
Anti Inflammation and Gastrointestinal Health
Containing both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber Nopal's ability to absorb water facilitates the movement of food through the digestive track, contributing to regularity. As a laxative/bulking agent
Nopal is gentler than psyllium, making it suitable for use by many people. Insoluble fiber helps dilute the concentration of carcinogens present in the GI tract
The mucilaginous nature of Nopal vegetable fiber protects the gastrointestinal lining and can act as a buffer against excess gastric acid production
. Nopal's ability to modulate acid PH coupled with its coating has been shown to prevent damages to the GI tract from the ingestion of painkiller medication and spicy foods