Health & Nutritional Benefits:
Ron Knishinsky, a professional health researcher and book author of “Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine”* (Healing Arts Press, Copyright 2004) states: "There are many different compounds in the prickly pear cactus... Currently the best recognized compounds in the cactus are the flavonoids." p.6.
* Antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antihistamine:
* Diabetes mellitus;
* Cholesterol Management (Prickly Pear Fruits): p.82.
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Example of Published Research:
Front Biosci. 2006 Sep 1;11:2574-89.
Nutritional and medicinal use of Cactus pear (Opuntia spp.) cladodes and fruits.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
Natural products and health foods have recently received a lot of attention both by health professionals and the common population for improving overall well-being, as well as in the prevention of diseases including cancer. In this line, all types of fruits and vegetables have been re-evaluated and recognized as valuable sources of nutraceuticals. The great number of potentially active nutrients and their multifunctional properties make cactus pear (Opuntia spp.) fruits and cladodes perfect candidates for the production of health-promoting food and food supplements. Although traditionally appreciated for its pharmacological properties by the Native Americans, cactus pear is still hardly recognized because of insufficient scientific information. However, recent studies on Opuntia spp. have demonstrated cactus pear fruit and vegetative cladodes to be excellent candidates for the development of healthy food. Therefore, this review summarizes current knowledge on the chemical composition of Opuntia cacti with particular emphasis in its use as food and medicine.
PMID: 16720335 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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