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Nopal Cactus Herb Health Benefits

Nopal commonly known as prickly pear has both food and medicinal uses. Nopals are common in North American deserts. Nopales are one of very low calorie vegetable. 100 g of fresh leaves provides just 16 calories.

 

Nonetheless, its modified leaves (paddles) have many vital phytochemicals, fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can immensely benefit health.

 

Nopal is medicinally used as an anti-inflammatory or a laxative. More recently, nopal has been used in exercise recovery and in reducing the symptoms of alcohol hangovers.

 

Clinical research suggests that nopal helps support healthy glucose balance when consumed with meals as a regular part of a healthy diet.

 

Since nopal may lower your blood sugar, taking nopal in combination with diabetes medications may have harmful effects and as such should be avoided.

 

Do not use if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or breastfeeding. If you are taking hypoglycaemic drugs for diabetes consult your physician before using this product.

 

Long used in herbal medicine, nopal is widely available in dietary supplement form.

 

It has been shown that daily consumption of 250mg of this plant will lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, according to a recent study.

 

HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels were not affected. Herbal supplement manufacturers primarily sell nopal as a natural plant that can help you lose weight.

 

The high fiber content of nopal helps to regulate your appetite and reduce the amount of fat in your body by helping your body to break down and excrete the fat.

 

Additionally, several manufacturers claim that the amino acid content of nopal helps your body pull fluids back from your tissues into your bloodstream, therefore decreasing cellulite and fluid retention.

 

The benefits derived from the nopal Cactus can be enjoyed by you every day, without the possible negative side effects that come from expensive prescribed or over-the-counter medicines.

 

Drinking this simple solution as part of your daily diet can greatly improve your life, providing you extra protection from toxins, reducing inflammation, and adding nutrients and energy to your whole system.

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