Prickly Pear (Nopal Cactus) - Anti-diabetic and heart healthy

Prickly pear has been used in Mexico for over 1000 years to treat diabetes. It has been listed among one of the most commonly used natural products.

In fact, in 2002 a medical journal reported that this cactus "look-alike" plant, also called Nopal Cactus, is still used regularly in Central America.

What is Nopal Cactus?

Nopal1 Cactus is the most commonly used herbal hypoglycemic among persons of Mexican descent.
   --Journal of the American Pharmacists Association

The use of Prickly pear as a natural supplement to help in the treatment of diabetes is not new. There is no reason to doubt it's herbal hypoglycemic effects.

I grew up seeing these things growing wild. We used to pass the plant growing near a house that an old lady used to live. I remember frowning at the news that that the old lady used to eat that stuff. Now I know why.

It is said the the Aztecs used it to control "sweet urine" - the same thing we now know as diabetes.

Prickly pear cactus is reported to have been used for many other conditions as well. Some of these include prostate enlargement, liver disease, shortness of breath, and stomach problems.

2Research has also shown that Nopal "may induce at least part of its beneficial actions on the cardiovascular system via decreasing platelet activity and thereby improving haemostatic balance."

In other words, it is good for your heart and blood vessels.

In studying the effect of prickly pear on glucose metabolism, 3Austrian scientists reported that the fiber in the plant may be responsible for the cholesterol lowering effect but the anti-diabetes effect was still not fully understood.

Nopal Cactus with Red Prickly Pears

I use prickly pear as a combination with other herbal nutrition supplements. In fact, my favorite combination was one endorsed by 4Dr. Chappell, who wrote a book about his Quest for the Cause and Cure of Diabetes.

The capsules have a combination of ginseng, cinnamon, gymnema sylvestre, and other anti-diabetes supplements. It is one of the fastest-acting natural products that I have used. However, I found those tablets a bit too big to swallow - given my "gag reflex" situation. That's why I kept searching for a liquid dietary supplement until I found milagro de la selva diabetes tea.

Other natural diabetes supplements such as bitter melon, cinnamon, and Gymnema sylvestre - great natural ingredients in the Diametrix™ treatment for diabetes - are also too often overlooked natural remedies. These natural gifts are passed by (overlooked) because they are not as quick acting as drugs; but they are also less damaging to our system.

Nature has a lot of help packaged for managing common illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, and prickly pear cactus is one of them. It's too bad we are made to feel that it is Medieval not to think Pfeizer and Merck. But the use of natural remedies has stood the test of time. There are no "re-calls" on Prickly pear cactus and on the ingredients of Diametrix™, so for the sake of your health choose natural, safe remedies and take back control.


1. Shapiro K , Gong WC, Natural products used for diabetes, J Am Pharm Assoc (Wash). 2002 Mar-Apr;42(2):217-26
2. Wolfram R , Budinsky A , Efthimiou Y , Stomatopoulos J , Oguogho A , Sinzinger H, Daily prickly pear consumption improves platelet function, Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2003 Jul;69(1):61-6.
3. Wolfram RM , Kritz H , Efthimiou Y , Stomatopoulos J , Sinzinger H, Effect of prickly pear (Opuntia robusta) on glucose- and lipid-metabolism in non-diabetics with hyperlipidemia, Wien Klin Wochenschr, 2002 Oct;114(19-20):840-6.
4. James Chappell, A Promise Made, A Promise Kept, BL Publications (2005), Minnesota, USA.

NOTICE: The information on this site is presented for educational purposes only. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease AND should not be substituted for the advice of your physician. The views and statements expressed here are the opinions and experiences of the author and should not be considered scientific conclusions.

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