What Is Nopal Cactus Good For?

Reviewed on 2/8/2021

Nopal cactus is also called prickly pear cactus.
Nopal cactus is also called prickly pear cactus.

The seven health benefits of nopal cactus are:

How is nopal cactus consumed?

The health benefits of nopal cactus can be obtained in many different ways. The plant may just be eaten directly, and this provides the benefits. It may also be added to other foods. Several recipes that include nopal cactus as an ingredient. Nopal cactus supplements are also available in the form of capsules, powder, and extract and even in the liquid form.

What is the recommended dosage of nopal cactus?

Most supplements typically recommend taking at least one dose of 500-650 mg daily. More research is required to determine the exact dose of nopal cactus required per day.

What are the side effects of nopal cactus?

Nopal cactus is considered the safest when eaten as a food instead of supplements. Although supplements are considered safe, more evidence is needed to prove the same.

Some potential side effects of nopal cactus supplements include:

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References
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/prickly-pear-may-be-hango/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3820065/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3403124/

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