Nutrition
Nopal has been widely eaten in Mexico and Central America as a food for centuries. Now medical studies around the world are confirming that Nopal is also a valuable health supporting plant, rich in body essential nutrients. Nopal is essentially a non-fat, high fiber, complex carbohydrate energy food.
The nutritious components of Nopal have curative and preventive properties. It reduces cholesterol and it helps in the assimilation of nutrients to regulate the levels of glucose in the blood. It also reduces plaque formation in the veins and arteries improving circulation. The calcium present helps prevent osteoporosis and its high content of fiber helps improve the entire digestive system. All of this combines to help improve the blood and that helps diuresis as an aid in cleansing the kidneys.
Nopal also contains beta-carotene (vitamin A) which has been identified as one of the strongest anti-oxidants. Science has discovered that an excess of free radicals in our system leads to illness, disease and premature aging. Many experts now claim that we need additional anti-oxidants to support our bodies natural free radical fighting powers.
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