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OPUNTIA FICUS-INDICA (PRICKLY PEAR)

Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear)

 

How does it work?

Prickly Pear, also known as cactus pear, is a Mexican cactus plant used medicinally and as a food source.1 It is used therapeutically for its role as an antioxidant, specifically in decreasing oxidative damage to lipids.2 Prickly pear has also been effective in lowering blood sugar levels in those with type II diabetes, and may assist in reducing high cholesterol, obesity, colitis, diarrhoea, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and viral infections however further evidence is needed.3

What results can be expected?

Prickly pear supplemention may assist in improving antioxidant status, lower blood sugar levels and provide a source of nutrients and fibre.4

2Tesoriere, L et al. (2004). Supplementation with cactus pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) fruit decreases oxidative stress in healthy humans: a comparative study with vitamin C. Am J Clin Nutr, 80(2), 391-95. Retrieved Feb 2014, from http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/80/2/391.full

4Tesoriere, L et al. (2004). Supplementation with cactus pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) fruit decreases oxidative stress in healthy humans: a comparative study with vitamin C. Am J Clin Nutr, 80(2), 391-95. Retrieved Feb 2014, from http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/80/2/391.full