Phytochemicals found in plants act in four basic ways to promote health and assist the human body resist disease:
ANTIOXIDANTS by neutralizing oxygen deficient molecules known as “free radicals” which, if not eliminated cause cell damagethat can lead to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and other degenerative diseases.
DETOXIFIERS by supporting normal processes that allow the human body to recognize and destroy or eliminate toxic substances ingested or produced by the human body.
HORMONE MODULATORS by triggering needed hormone production (such as insulin) and by substituting harmless hormone-like substances (such as phytoestrogens) for over-acting natural hormones and/or by reducing the production of excess hormones by the human body. Excess hormones can trigger cellar damage leading to various disorders including cancer.
CELL REGULATORS by helping to moderate the body’s uncontrollable cell growth such as tumors.
Users of OSG Nopal super concentrate juice have reported the following benefits: · Reduction of blood sugar to normal levels (Diabetes I patients have reported their reduction of intake of insulin by injection) · Reduction of cholesterol & triglycerides · Improved sense of wellbeing and fitness · Improved circulation and lowered blood pressure · Reduced arthritic pain · Effective for hemorrhoids · Improved urinary function · Improved constipation · Has restored menstrual activity in women · loss of weight · Reduces excess gastric acid · Improved male sexual function· Reduces skin spots due to aging · Great result in healing ulcers
1. Digestive System
The active ingredients found in Nopal aid in preventing the digestive system from absorbing excess dietary fat and carbohydrate sugars.
Soluble fibers (including gums, mucilages, pectins and polysaccharides) show the absorption of glucose in the intestines. Insoluble fibers (more commonly known as roughage), reduce excess bile and potential carcinogens that may be present in the colon, by absorption and excretion. As a fibrous plant, Nopal contains both soluble and insoluble dietary fibers. Soluble fibers present in Nopal include mucilages, pectin, gums and som hemicellulose. Insoluble fibers include cellulose, lignan and remaining hemicellulose. Nopal is a gentle alternative to psyllium (a well-known fiber supplement taken for colon cleansing) for those with a sensitivity or allergy to psyllium.
Vegetable protein found in Nopal (amino acids) help the body pull fluids from body tissues back into the bloodstream thereby diminishing cellulite and fluid retention. Fat build up is prevented, while fat break down and excretion is increased. The pectin and lignan found in Nopal are also known for increasing satiety (decreasing appetite).
2. Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar)
Nopal has been clinically proven in studies to reduce both fasting and post-prandial (after a meal) hyperglycemia. The high levelsof soluble and insoluble dietary fibers in Nopal help prevent the rapid absorption of simple carbohydrates such as sugars into the blood stream during the digestion stage of a consumed meal. This digestive action, the result of ingesting Nopal cactus or Nopal juice prior to, or during a meal, results in lowering the Glycemic Index of any meal and allows for a more stable blood sugar metabolism throughout the day. Nopal cactus also contains specific phyto-nutrients that have been shown to enter the blood stream and augment the body’s cellular response to insulin in Diabetes II patients. This activity was demonstrated recently in a clinical study. A controlled group of hyperglycemic diabetes Type II patients were given only Nopal for breakfast and within 1 hour, their higher blood sugar index was reduced to normal values. Individuals with healthy blood sugar values that were not given the Nopal dose did not experience this reduction in blood sugar levels.
3. Hyperlipidemia ( High LDL Cholesterol & Triglycerides)
The polysaccharide fibers and sterols found in the Nopal prickly pear have been shown to work synergistically to reduce LDLcholesterol and triglyceride levels. Nopal’s primary mechanism is the bile salt binding in the intestine, that has been shown to prevent re-uptake and therefore results in the overall reduction of unhealthy lipids in the blood stream. Other active phyto-nutrients in Nopal, such as carotenoids and glycoproteins, have also been implicated in animal studies to increase activity in specific liver receptors that promote healthier blood lipids.
4) Reduce inflammation
Inflammation is nothing but the body’s response to an infection. By examining your food intake, you will see that the more meat you eat in general, the more acidic your body environment is; the more vegetable you take in, the less acidic. The best food to reduce inflammation are nopal cactus and items that are not acidic. Imagine, what kind of plant on earth survives under the harshest environment? A environment that is so hot and dry but still manage to preserve water inside. Dehydration leads to inflammation and heart inflammation. Before heart inflammation, if you consistently have stomach acids or acne, it’s a sign that you should be on the lookout for inflammation in the heart. People of all ages should seek ways to reduce inflammation in their bodies. Speed of aging can be reduced just by reducing inflammation in the body. Check you skin condition is a good way to find out your body inflammation level. The condition of your largest organ, skin, is also a reflection of your internal organs. If it’s constantly dry, it shows dehydration, and high possibility of inflammation.
5. Circulatory System
Nopal acts in several ways that have been found to reduce the risk of heart disease. First, the fiber found in Nopal acts to absorband excrete cholesterol in the digestive system. Second, the amino acids, fiber and B3 (niacin) found in Nopal prevent excess sugar coversions into fats, while reducing triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels, by metabolizing fat and fatty acids and eliminating excess bile acids which eventually convert into cholesterol. Third, the B3 (niacin) in Nopal acts to convert LDL (bad) cholesterol to HDL (good) forms of cholesterol.
6. Urinary System
The juice of Nopal is used in Mexico as an anti-inflammatory diuretic and to decrease pain on or following urination. These effects reportedly derive from bioflavonoids, amino acids and fiber in Nopal.
7. Nervous System
Nopal aids in balancing and calming the nervous system, which creates a sense of well being and benefits the body’s overall function.
8. Weight Loss
We already mentioned about the ability of Nopal to normalize and lower sugar and lipids. Nopal is most known as a natural way to lose weight. Nopal’s fiber content effectively promote satiety, when drink before a meal and thus reduces hunger and caloric consumption. The fat build up is diminished while fat break down and excretions are increased. Nopal offers vegetable protein that helps the body pull fluids back from the tissues into the bloodstream, thereby diminishing cellulite and fluid retention. Unlike many weight loss products, Nopal contains an excellent profile of nutrients, that may otherwise be missing from a popular weight loss regimen. Healthy weight loss rates of approximately 1kg/week have been reported.
Nopal is internationally renowned by hangover prevention and treatment remedies. Many theories of Nopal’s beneficial effects have come forth, yet a simple assessment of constitutive benefits provides a reasonable explanation:
- Nopal’s mucilaginous polysaccharides soothe the gastro intestinal tract and alleviate nausea while providing exceptional re-hydration.
- Nopal’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients reduce systemic and hepatic inflammation.
- The Nopal dietary fiber absorbs toxins and speeds up the cleansing of the blood stream.
Other Health Benefits
- Enhances the immune system.
- Helps enhance long-term memory
- Helps prevent ulcers
- Helps promotes wound healing
- Reduces symptoms of asthma and allergies
- Helps supports joint health
- Helps reduces symptoms in BPH (Enlarged Prostate)
Nopal has been found to contain many of these phytochemicals in quantities and/or concentrations greater than is found in better-recognized plants. For example, Aloe Vera has become well known for its healing powers, which are in large part due to its content of mannans (more particularly “mannose”). Mannose has been found to have many health benefits. Among these as its ability to aid the body fight infection and virus by killing or eliminating disease carrying cells and its ability to boost the immune system by killing cancer cells. Recent chemical analysis of Nopal has revealed that Nopal has a concentration of Mannose that is 33 percent greater than is found in Aloe Vera. A second example of the comparative benefits of Nopal is found in the “Glycemic Index,” which is a relative measure of the rate at which ingested carbohydrates trigger a rise in circulating blood sugar and can cause elevated blood sugar levels. The carbohydrates found in Nopal have been found to have the lowest “Glycemic Index” among all plant foods tested to date.
Classified as a vegetable, testing by the USDA has revealed Nopal to contain beneficial soluble and insoluble dietary fiber and essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other phytochemicals that have been diminished or lost in the modern diet. Conversely, Nopal is low in carbohydrate calories and sodium, and as indicated above, the carbohydrates that are found in Nopal are less likely to trigger elevated blood sugar levels