Nopal Cactus


Opuntia streptacantha 

Raw Nopal Cactus is very rich in insoluble and especially soluble dietary fiber. It is 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). Nopal Cactus has 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 Nopal Cactus also reduces the glycemic effect of a mixed meal. Nopales are low carbohydrate and may be helpful for those suffering from diabetes.

The pulp of the Nopal Cactus pads has been used by many cultures as a dressing for burns, cuts, wounds, and fractures and is believed to deaden pain and promote healing. Glochids from the plant were rubbed into warts and moles to assist in their removal. Decoctions of the fruit are taken as purgatives. The cladodes are used in the treatment of whooping cough, as "anti-infective agents" and in the reduction of gastric ulcer. Recently preparations of prickly pear have been used for hyperglycemia, benign prostatic hyperplasia, alcohol hangover, acidosis, atherosclerosis, diabetes and problems of the urinary system in women among other disorders.

Some possible benefits of our raw wildcrafted Nopal Cactus powder may include:

Detoxifies the body
Strengthens urinary system in women
Increase energy
Strong antioxidant
Anti-inflammatory properties
Reduces pain & promotes healing (analgesic)
Topically used for burns, cuts, wounds, & fractures
Boost the immune system
Promoted as treatments for hyperglycemia & diabetes
Protect against fluid retention
Neutralize free radicals
Reduces blood sugar
Used to reduce gastric ulcer
Protect against premature aging

The power of betalains
Harnessing the power of betalains, a rare and potent class of antioxidants that flourish in the Nopal cactus delivering scientifically proven health benefits.

Reduce inflammation
When toxins assault your system or when injury or infection strikes your body responds with a complex biological process commonly referred to as inflammation. If this inflammation goes unchecked, it can lead to a wide variety of disorders, from stroke to arthritis to heart disease.

Nopal Cactus contains betalains and other anti-inflammatory ingredients that work directly on the fluid surrounding your cells. There, they draw off the toxins and excess water to reduce inflammation and rebalance the cellular environment.

Protect against premature aging
Betalains in Nopal Cactus fill in the gaps of your cells (including the cells in your skin) and return them to the firm, robust nature of young cells at any age. By providing a healthy environment for the cell, betalains keep it from withering.

Detoxify your body
Every day, we're exposed to toxins in our air, water and foods and even toxins created by our own bodies. Nopal Cactus powder combines its betalains with other anti-toxic ingredients to combat these poisons directly at a cellular level.

By increasing the activity of CYP-2E1, a special enzyme that neutralizes daily toxins, Nopal Cactus could be helpful in protecting your cells and vital organs especially your liver against the carcinogens, hormone disruptors, respiratory toxins, developmental toxins and neurotoxins that are responsible for one-quarter of all the world's diseases.


For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

This information courtesy of ZNatural Foods, our supplier of the raw Nopal powder.