Prickly Pear Fruit Extract Capsules
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Prickly pear, also known as Opuntia or Nopal cactus, is native to the Americas and has been used for centuries for its various medicinal and nutritional benefits. The fruit, sometimes referred to as “tuna”, and the pads of the plant have both been utilized for these purposes. Here are some of the known uses and purported health benefits of prickly pear fruit extract:
- Antioxidant Properties: Prickly pear contains polyphenols, flavonoids, and betalains which are known for their antioxidant properties. These compounds help neutralize free radicals in the body, reducing oxidative stress.
- Anti-inflammatory Effects: Some studies have shown that prickly pear extract can reduce inflammation in the body.
- Blood Sugar Regulation: The fruit extract has been used traditionally to treat diabetes and research suggests that it can help lower blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar in the stomach and intestines.
- Cholesterol Management: Some studies suggest that prickly pear can help lower levels of bad LDL cholesterol and increase good HDL cholesterol.
- Hangover Prevention: Consuming prickly pear extract before drinking alcohol might reduce symptoms of hangovers like nausea, dry mouth, and loss of appetite. The anti-inflammatory properties of the fruit have shown they may reduce the inflammatory response to alcohol.
- Skin Health: The moisturizing properties of the extract can be beneficial for the skin. It’s often used in cosmetics and skincare products.
- Weight Management: Some evidence suggests that prickly pear can aid in weight loss by reducing appetite and promoting feelings of fullness.
- Stomach Issues: Traditionally in Native American medicine, it has been used to treat ulcers, indigestion, and other stomach-related problems.
- Wound Healing: The mucilage and the gel-like substance from the plant can be applied to minor burns, cuts, and other skin irritations to promote healing.
- Vitamin and Mineral Content: Prickly pear is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, and calcium among other nutrients.
- Immune Boosting: The vitamin C content in prickly pear helps in strengthening the immune system.
- Bone Health: The calcium content in prickly pear supports bone health.Capsules contain approximately 300mg per capsule.