Cacti are members of the Cactaceae family. The one thing all cacti have in common is the succulent stems in which to store water. Of course, the ability ted in small amounts+in order to play a key role in maintaining+health. The plant also contains+minerals such as potassium, copper magnesium, iron+and+manganese. Food with Nopal cactus extracts are considered to be healthy even for animals.
The Nopal Cactusle are consuming medicine in the form of powders and pills containing ingredients of the Nopal cactus. What many people do not know, however, is that it can provide the same benefits when consumed as a regular food.
The Nopal cactus consists of vegetable pads that can be green or purple with a slight variation in shape in each plant. They grow in North America, particularly in Mexico and for 12,000 years, Mexicans have been using it in many different delicious dishes. Today, the Nopal cactus is also consumed as a medicine for its health-promoting properties.
The Properties of The Nopal Cactus
The Nopal cactus is very rich in vitamins+such as vitamin A,+vitamin C,+vitamin K and even vitamin B6 and vitamin B2. These are micronutrients, which means they need to be consumed in small amounts+in order to play a key role in maintaining+health. The plant also contains+minerals such as potassium, copper magnesium, iron+and+manganese. Food with Nopal cactus extracts are considered to be healthy even for animals.
The Nopal Cactus Benefits
As Nopal cactuses possess+low quantities of carbohydrates,+they can be used to help in the treatment of+diabetes by reducing glucose levels in the blood. Additionally, levels of bad cholesterol or LDL are lowered, as Nopal acts in the intestines by binding the bile salt, preventing the formation of cholesterol. This also helps in the attempt of losing weight which is intensified through the high-fiber content in the plant. Experts says that people should consume between 25 to 40 grams of fiber daily in order to be healthy, but in the United States the average consumption of fiber per day is 14 grams, which is quite far from what people need. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are the biggest resources of fiber which is why the Nopal cactus fruit could be used to provide additional dietary fiber and calcium in a diet. Food with a high fiber level leads to a feeling of satiety that lasts longer than with other foods. An additional bonus is that the ingredients of the cactus help reduce unhealthy lipids in the bloodstream, which prevents the development of cellulites.
The Nopal cactus also contains a lot of calcium, which is very important for humans regardless of age, as it fortifies teeth and bones and supports the clotting of blood to stop bleedings. This vegetable can also help to reduce the+glycemic effect+caused by a mix of different foods in the stomach.