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Nochtli-Ruby: Prickly Pear & Nopal Juice:
The Benefits of Prickly Pear:
Over the last few years, the nutritional industry has exploded with information on the health benefits of the prickly pear fruit and pad. It was traditionally consumed for centuries by the ancient inhabitants of the Americas for medicinal purposes as well as for food. It has been more recently promoted for it's nutritional benefits by popular wellness doctors, Dr. Andrew Weil and TV personality Dr. Oz. Many health experts value the prickly pear as a source of support for inflammation, balancing blood glucose levels, maintaining healthy cholesterol, increased energy, promoting healthy cell growth, and detoxification of the body.
There is also a popular book written by author Ran Knishinsky called: "Prickly Pear Cactus Medicine: Treatments for Diabetes, Cholesterol, and the Immune System." In his book, author Knishinsky states: "Current scientific research is validating what ancestral cultures learned about the prickly pear: it is a healer." (p.2)
"In response to the public's increasing demand for natural remedies, esteemed medical institutions have turned their attention to alternative medical practices such as botanical medicine." (p.3) In his book, Knishinsky talks further about how prickly pears are a popular focus right now because they are full of phytonutrients, and flavonoids which have so many applications for medicinal and antioxidant support.