Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) is used to treat type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, colitis, diarrhea, & benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), & to fight viral infections. It has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels & increase energy levels after ingestion.
Additionally, prickly pear is loaded with high levels of Dietary fiber, Potassium, Vitamin C (up to 300mg in one fruit), B Vitamins, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper, and Taurine.
One lesser known attributes of Prickly Pear is its ability to lessen the effects of unpleasant hangover symptoms, like nausea & dry mouth, mostly due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It’s high in fiber, antioxidants, & carotenoids. It also works to enhance your immune system.
It has also been useful in the treatment of burns, cuts, and wounds when applied externally. Prickly Pear may also be beneficial for certain types of arthritis, fibromyalgia, muscle and joint pain.
Historically, there have been many uses for prickly pear fruits, juices, teas, pads and seeds in folklore and traditional medicines. Prickly Pear was used in:
*Fighting viruses and infections
*Helping to treat wounds and burns
*Warding off diabetes, cardiovascular disease, prostate disease and other inflammatory diseases
*Relieving gastric ulcers
Pregnant/nursing women should not use Prickly Pear. The herb should not be taken in conjunction with prescription diabetes medications, as it may cause hypoglycemia.
*Information presented is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary.*