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PRICKLY PEAR
Opuntia streptacanta / ficus-indica

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Diabetes I and II, excessive blood sugar, fat or cholesterin levels, prostate disorders, arteriosclerosis, obesity ...

Description

Composition :
100% Opuntia streptacanta - 250 mg

Part used :
Leaves

Prickly Pear (Opuntia streptacanta), also known as Cactus Pear, Indian Fig Opuntia and Barbary Fig, is is a species of cactus in the Cactus family (Cactaceae) that grows typically to heights of 4 – 5 meters (12–16ft) and can get 50 years old. It is believed to be native in Mexico, but today Prickly Pear is also being cultivated in Chile, Brazil and the Mediterranean. The plant prefers temperatures of 30° to 40° Celsius (90-105°F) and vulcanic or lime stone soil.

The plants flower in three distinct colors: white, yellow and red. They first appear in early May through the early summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and the fruit ripen from August through October. The fruit, called ‘tuna’, are typically eaten, minus the thick outer skin, after chilling in a refrigerator for a few hours. They have a taste similar to a juicy, extra sweet watermelon. The bright red/purple or white/yellowish flesh contains many tiny hard seeds that are usually swallowed, but should be avoided by those who have problems digesting seeds. Jams and jellies are produced from the fruit, which resemble strawberries and figs in color and flavor.

Mexicans have used Prickly Pear for thousands of years to make an alcoholic drink called ‚colonche‘; it is rich in vitamin C and was one of the early cures for scurvy. Prickly Pear is grown primarily as a fruit crop, but also for the vegetable nopales (the young cactus pads) and other uses; it is as economically important as corn and tequila agave. Recently, the cattle industry of the southwest United States has begun to cultivate Prickly Pear as a fresh source of feed for cattle.

Prickly Pear is rich in iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese, silicon, aluminum, amino acids, vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3 and C), resins, tanning agents, carotene and, last but not least, pectin. Pectin is useful in treating high cholesterin levels, as it reduces LDL-cholesterin. Research conducted at the University of Arizona showed that Prickly Pear also lowers triglycerides and blood sugar concentration, thus making it a suitable remedy to treat diabetes I and II. This was demonstrated both with patients taking insuline and those following a strict diet (only). However, extracts from Prickly Pear are not to be considered a sole remedy for treatment of diabetes; they are a mere complementary measure for a traditional medical protocol, improving the quality of life of the patient by regulating the cell metabolism of the endocrine system.

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Dosage

Take 3-6 capsules daily, with plenty of water.

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