Prickly Pear Cactus

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How does Prickly Pear Cactus work?

Prickly pear cactus contains fiber and pectin, which can lower blood glucose by decreasing the absorption of sugar in the stomach and intestine. Some researchers think that it might also decrease cholesterol levels, and kill viruses in the body.

Are there safety concerns?

The leaves, stems, flowers, and fruit of the prickly pear cactus appear to be safe for most people when used for a short period of time.

It can cause some side effects including mild diarrhea, nausea, increased amount and frequency of stool, bloating, and headache.

Do not take prickly pear cactus if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.

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