Red Nopal Cactus: Ancient Superfood with Secret Health Benefits.

Natural Cactus Juice
vs.
Sugary Sports Drinks

Introduction:

Sports drinks have been used for decades to help athletes and everyday people with their needs for energy, hydration, and recovery from physical assertion. Although sports drinks can somewhat rehydrate a person, these drinks also tend to be high in sugar, dyes, and preservatives. Sugary sports drinks also do the bare minimum to rehydrate the body and almost do nothing for physical recovery.

These drinks are in commercials, schools, gyms, and even some of our homes. Unfortunately, this makes it very difficult to get away from them or even to become aware that there are other alternatives!

Today we will find out why the Nopal Cactus can be a better alternative and addition to pre-workout, during-workout, and post-workout beverages. Discover the Nopal Cactus fruit's fascinating benefits and how new-age science has unlocked ancient health secrets stored inside this indigenous plant.


A Juicy History:

Most people in the North America recognize the Nopal Cactus (Opuntia Ficus-Indica L.) for its nickname "Prickly Pear" and use it as a delicious fruit, candy, or beverage. However, few people know the plant's true history and proper usage among ancient to current South American and Central American cultures.

This species of cacti can be found from South African plateaus all the way to North American Deserts. The plant is abundant in the Americas, especially in South and Central America, with new and steady growth making its way up to the North American Deserts. Dense growth in these areas shows that the cacti thrive in mostly semi-rigid places, where it's primarily dry and receives minimal rain and moisture. Hence, we tend to see them flourish in the northern parts of South America.

Because of the long pre-Columbian trade history between South American and Mesoamerican cultures, the specific time or date of origin for the species Opuntia ficus Indica L is uncertain. Researchers are almost sure the start of its dense history takes place in present-day Mexico.

Usage Among Cultures

The fruit (prickly pear) and leaves of the Nopal Cactus have been used for centuries by a wide range and vast majority of South American cultures for various reasons. Whether it was to help the sick, feed livestock, treat weed/pests for crops, or even be enjoyed as a delicious and healthy food of choice among the people. This plant and its delightful fruit have been beloved since ancient times, and new-age science has helped us discover why.

Better put your safety goggles on because we will squeeze all the juicy facts out of this sweet cactus!

Give the Body What it Needs!

Hydration Energy Recovery

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Calcium ✓

Amino Acids ✓

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Magnesium ✓

Fatty Acids ✓

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Phosphorus ✓

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Potassium ✓

Riboflavin ✓

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Sodium ✓

Thiamine ✓

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What's Hiding Inside the Prickly Pear?

The Science

Declared a Winner - After years of research, scientists and food experts have declared the Nopal Cactus fruit, flower, and leaves official superfoods! Here's why.

Vitamins & Minerals - The fruit and leaf of the cactus are healthfully packed with dense amounts of vitamins and minerals, including; Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, Phosphorus, and Potassium. These Vitamins are essential for mood, metabolism, energy, hydration, recovery, and overall wellbeing.

Polyphenols - Whether it's the pulp, peel, or seed, the fruit of the Nopal Cactus contains large amounts of Polyphenol (micronutrients that naturally occur in plants) such as Flavonoids. In High doses, these free radical fighting compounds can inhibit pro-oxidative processes (by products of metabolism that can cause damage to cells.) on DNA, proteins, and lipids.

Essential Amino & Fatty Acids - The Pulp, peel, and seeds of the prickly pear contain enormous amounts of 10 essential amino acids and a unique composition of fatty acids. These are vital for digestive health, immune health, energy levels, hormone production, and overall cognitive function.


Fascinating Research (Click to Read)

Chronic Pain in Physical Activity:

In 2020 there was a study done by Clinical Interventions of Aging to evaluate the daily effects of daily consumption of the Nopal Cactus fruit juice on joint mobility and chronic pain. The study was done on 40 people, who all took 30z/day for 8 weeks compared to a group of people who were given a placebo.

Conclusion:

After consumption of Nopal Cactus fruit juice for 8 weeks, participants saw significant improvements in joint mobility and overall range of motion. Compared to the placebo group, the group that consumed the Prickly Pear Fruit Juice was significantly more physically active, and daily activities such as walking, sitting and lying were much less painful. Another extraordinary result was the reduction of pain medication taken by participants. “This was associated with reduced use of pain medication, possibly associated with anti-inflammatory properties of NFJ, as suggested by reduced Eotaxin and CRP levels.” (Jensen, Gitte S, Dec. 2020, p.1)


What does this mean? This means that Nopal Cactus fruit juice could be used as a daily supplement to help with chronic pain, inflammation, and joint mobility.

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How to Use:

Pre-Workout:

Liquid - Enjoy 1 fl. Oz of Maxx Herbs Red Nopal Cactus Juice straight.

Powder - Add 1 Tablespoon of Maxx Herbs Red Nopal Cactus Powder to 12 ounces of water, protein shake, or smoothie, and enjoy!

This could provide all the proper nutrients and hydration your body needs for a fantastic workout!

During Workout:

Juice - Use 1 fl. Oz of Maxx Herbs Red Nopal Cactus Juice and add to 12 ounces of water.

Powder: Use 1 Tablespoon of Maxx Herbs Red Nopal Cactus Powder and add to 12 ounces of water then stir.

Enjoy throughout your workout. This could easily help you stay focused, energized, and hydrated during an exercise for a higher-quality workout!

Post-Workout:

Liquid - Enjoy 1 fl. Oz of Maxx Herbs Red Nopal Cactus Juice straight.

Powder - Add 1 Tablespoon of Maxx Herbs Red Nopal Cactus Powder to 12 ounces of water, protein shake, or smoothie, and enjoy!

This could replenish, restore, and help your body recover!

Here's what the people are saying

★★★★★

"I have been experimenting with different juices and supplements for the last few years. This is by far one of my favorite discoveries! It's simple, tasty, and healthy. I am a pretty active person and I can't tell you how great it feels to have a juice like this waiting for me after a long workout. I cannot recommend this juice enough. Try It, you owe it to yourself."

 

★★★★★

"Wow! I have tried the juice I can't believe how tasty it is! Especially how healthy it is being high in vitamin C! I run 6-10 miles each time and it helps with joint and muscle pain and balances my blood sugar. Highly recommend!"

 

★★★★★

"I never would have tried cactus juice if it wasn't for a friend who told me about the benefits and tried it first. I love the taste! I use it in my morning workout smoothie to add taste, but I notice an added benefit. It's great for generating extra energy for my long mile runs too. Its high in vitamin C, which works well with my protein powder and other supplements like B vitamins to activate energy. Definitely a positive alternative and worth trying."



References

 

  • Romero-Orejon, Frank et al. "Secondary Metabolites of Edible Cacti (Cactaceae) from the South American Andes". Secondary Metabolites - Trends and Reviews [Working Title], edited by Ramasamy Vijayakumar, Suresh Raja, IntechOpen, 2022. 10.5772/intechopen.102419. https://www.intechopen.com/online-first/80527

 

  • Jensen, Gitte S. “Improved Joint Mobility Associated with Reduced Inflammation Related to Consumption of Nopal Cactus Fruit Juice: Results from a Placebo-Controlled Trial Using Digital Inclinometry to Objectively Document Mobility of All Major Joints.” Clinical interventions in aging vol. 15 2341-2352. 9 Dec. 2020, doi:10.2147/CIA.S267451. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7734066/

 

  • Patricia López-Romero, Edgar Pichardo-Ontiveros, Azalia Avila-Nava, Natalia Vázquez-Manjarrez, Armando R. Tovar, José Pedraza-Chaverri, Nimbe Torres, The Effect of Nopal (Opuntia Ficus Indica) on Postprandial Blood Glucose, Incretins, and Antioxidant Activity in Mexican Patients with Type 2 Diabetes after Consumption of Two Different Composition Breakfasts, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Volume 114, Issue 11, 2014, Pages 1811-1818, ISSN 2212-2672, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2014.06.352. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212267214010211
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