The prickly pear or ‘nopal’ is a remarkable fruit that harbors a number of health benefits. It’s abundant in dietary fibers and has diuretic properties which improve your digestion and help you feel full for longer, preventing food cravings. The prickly pear is a plant that you can grow at home, it’s not very demanding and even if you have no experience in gardening you’ll grow it without a problem.
The health benefits of this plant are numerous but in this article we’ll share with you its most important ones.
Prickly pear health benefits
Arteriosclerosis is a cardiovascular inflammatory condition which is usually caused by clogged arteries from accumulated plaque in them. This plant can be used in the treatment of this condition as well as for the prevention of the same thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Consume fresh prickly pear juice to keep your cardiovascular health in check.
Lower your risk of cancer
As we already mentioned, prickly pears are abundant in soluble and insoluble dietary fibers. Insoluble dietary fibers absorb the water in our organism and ease the passage of food through our digestive tract
This plant contains a large amount of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble. The insoluble ones absorb. This helps us prevent the formation of possible carcinogenic cells in the colon, thus lowering your risk of this disease.
Prickly pears are loaded with amino acids, fibers and vitamin B3 which enable the fruit to prevent excess sugar and fat accumulation in our blood, reducing our cholesterol levels effectively.
Improve the function of the colon
Prickly pears contain certain active compounds which improve the function of the colon, cleaning it from all the unnecessary toxins and stimulating better function.
And lastly, prickly pears can help you fight off diabetes. They contain 18 amino acids which increase our energy levels, prevent fatigue and lower our glucose levels.
Prickly pear juice
The following recipe should be taken every day on an empty stomach and in just 3 days you’ll notice significant improvements in your overall health.
Here’s what you’ll need for the juice:
- 1 medium prickly pear
- 1 glass of distilled water
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp. of flaxseed or chia seeds
- A drizzle of honey
Just toss everything in a blender and pulse until smooth. Don’t strain it just pour it in a glass and consume it slowly. Drink this juice and make sure you don’t eat anything for half an hour. Consume another glass before lunch and that’s it.
Slimming prickly pear smoothie
- 1 medium prickly pear
- 1 cup of alfalfa
- 1 glass of natural carrot juice
Again, just toss everything in a blender and pulse until smooth.
Drink ½ a liter of this smoothie a day but divide it into 2 doses, 1 glass in the morning and another glass after lunch. Make sure you also consume plenty of water, at least 2 liters per day to stimulate the elimination of toxins from your body. Consume the smoothie every day until you’re satisfied with the results.
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