Medical Interest in the Prickly Pear Plant
The prickly pear plant (also called nopal or nopalitos in Spanish) and the prickly pear cactus fruit (also known as tuna in Spanish) is an edible nutritious and delicious food offering vitamins, minerals and medicinal properties. Researchers are using the prickly pear juice, produced by Arizona Cactus Ranch in Southern Arizona, for their studies, because it is pure.
Pascua Yaqui Tribe in Tucson Arizona uses Arizona Cactus Ranch Prickly Pear Nectar in their Alternative Medicine Diabetic Preventive Program since 1997.
Prickly pear extract has also been shown to reduce the severity and occurrence of hangovers if taken in advance of drinking. Nausea, dry mouth, appetite loss, and alcohol-related inflammation were all reduced in test subjects who ingested prickly pear extract 5 hours prior to drinking*. You can make your own tests and see if it works for you, which is the only test that really counts.
*(Source: Jeff Wiese; Steve McPherson; Michelle C. Odden; Michael G. Shlipak, Effect of Opuntia ficus indica on Symptoms of the Alcohol Hangover, Archives of Internal Medicine, Jun 2004; 164: 1334 - 1340.)
How to Make Your Own Prickly Pear Tea
You can add one teaspoon of Prickly Pear Nectar to tea (hot or cold) to make Prickly Pear Tea. You can also take by adding one teaspoon of Prickly Pear Nectar to 8 oz. of water, juice or take it concentrated. No Sugar added! 100% Organic.
PRICKLY PEAR SMOOTHIE (2 large glasses)
1 c. apple or orange juice
1/2 c. prickly pear juice or nectar
1 c. frozen berries or bananas
1 c. plain yogurt
2 t. honey
4 or 5 ice cubes
Prickly Pear Nectar Products
No sugar added.
Cheri's Prickly Pear Cactus