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Prickly Pear fruit

There have been some articles on the news and internet about Prickly Pear and its health benefits, especially for Diabetes.

 

" In Mexican traditional medicine, prickly pear cactus (nopal) is used for the treatment of diabetes and high cholesterol. Today nopal is a commonly called upon herbal agent for the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes by Mexican Americans as well as American Indians. The blood sugar-lowering action of nopal has been documented in a number of studies.

 

Extracts of prickly pear cactus have hypoglycemic effects when fed to animals with experimentally induced diabetes, as well as to healthy animals with elevated blood glucose levels. Researchers in Mexico found that patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus who were given broiled nopal stems experienced a significant drop in blood glucose levels, while their insulin showed improved effectiveness. Furthermore, the regular use of sap from prickly pear cactus has been shown to improve the general symptoms of a diabetic patient. source

  

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Taken on February 18, 2008