Submitted by: Frank Yaconis
Natural and Healthy Beauty of Nopalea
The Nopalea Cactus has been revered not only for its natural beauty, bringing brilliant reds, and purples to the desert landscape when it blossoms, but also for its special healing properties.
Nurtured under the hot sun for centuries, the Nopalea Cactus, most commonly known as the Prickly Pear Cactus, has grown rampant in the Sonoran desert for hundreds of years. During that time, native people in South and Central America have turned to the plant for its use as a food and a medicine.
The plant cannot only be eaten as a vegetable (people chop its pads, take out the spines and cook it like any other vegetable), but it can also be made into a healthful juice.
In its most primitive form, the Prickly Pear Cactus juice is green and a bit thick and slimy and most natives prefer it that way. But for those of us who have not acquired a taste for the Prickly Pear Cactus in its natural state, we can still reap its health benefits by drinking Nopalea Juice.
Nopalea Juice is made primarily of water and the cactus, but then is natural sweetened with agave nectar. In addition, it becomes even more healthy because more than a dozen fruit extracts and concentrates are added making the juice chock full of vitamins and minerals.
However, before anything at all is added to the juice, it already has healthful properties. That is because in its natural state, the Prickly Pear Cactus is a natural antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory.
So, Nopalea Juice is bringing all these benefits into your body in an all-natural delivery system of the tasty juice.
While the plant is delicious and healthy to eat, it is also wonderful to look at.
The lovely cactus is beauty itself. The gorgeous flowers bloom in the richest purples and reds, which are offset by the luscious green of the plant itself. These rich colors contain powerful antioxidants.
The pigment that makes the cactus so vibrant is also a natural class of antioxidants called betalains. They super power antioxidants clean and fortify our body s cells. Betalains are contained in few other foods, including Swiss chard and beets. But it is believed that the highest concentration of betalains is found in the Prickly Pear Cactus.
Along with antioxidants, the natural anti-inflammatory properties of the plant are becoming increasingly important as scientists make stronger links between chronic inflammations and a host and variety of serious illness and disease.
The combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties means that drinking the juice not only helps keep your body healthy right now, but also may help your body stave off future disease and illness.
For a long time the plant only grew in the desert of South and Central America, but Spanish explorers immediately recognized its value and brought cuttings back to Europe with them.
Now the plant is grown and harvested around the world.
The easiest way to reap the benefits of the Prickly Pear Cactus is by drinking Nopalea Juice.
About the Author: Frank Yocanis has been researching and writing about
for the past decade. He has even traveled to the Sonoran desert half a dozen times to study how Nopalea contains amazing properties that help with all kinds of joint pain, including
. He is excited to share how this antioxidant-rich drink can change your life.