Scientific Research Studies:
Although there are many scientific studies now touting the medicinal and nutritional benefits of Prickly Pear and the Nopal Cactus, here are some that I've collected: (Click on each one to see link to the Research Document.)
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15. Researchers at the University of Palermo reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that consuming prickly pear had a more positive and complete effect on the body's redox balance than a comparable dose of vitamin C.
16. Studies at Tulane University reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, that taking prickly pear fruit extract before drinking alcohol significantly reduced symptoms of a hangover (nausea, dry mouth, and loss of appetite.)
17. A study at the University of Arizona, funded in part by the American Heart Association, found that LDL (bad) cholesterol levels were reduced in guinea pigs fed a diet including prickly pear pectin. A meta-analysis of studies done on prickly pear and diabetes has strongly suggested that ingestion of the fruit has a true metabolic effect on persons with the disorder and reduces serum glucose levels.
18. Italian research has also shown prickly pear to be protective against ulcers in rats.
19. Dr. Andrew Weil, MD has some valuable information to share regarding the benefits of the Prickly Pear & Nopal cactus: