The Health Benefits Of Prickly Pear Cactus

The Prickly Pear Cactus, otherwise known as the Indian Fig or Barbary Fig, is an excellent but under-utilized beer flavor. Originating in Mexico, the cactus can grow as high as 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide. The prickly pear cactus is the most popular domesticated and cultivated cacti worldwide and yields edible fruit and edible pods. Think of the pads as similar to okra. The mucilage that is the thick liquid inside the pad helps control blood sugar and goes great in a soup broth.

Nutritional Info:

Caloric Ratios: 84% Carbs, 10% Fats, 6% Protein
Estimated Glycemic Load: 3
Vitamin Benefits: High in Vitamin C and Riboflavin.
Mineral Benefits: High in Magnesium and Potassium.

Body Benefits:

Used extensively in traditional folk medicine, the prickly pear cactus is well known for its medicinal benefits for treating diabetes, hypertension, asthma, rheumatic pain, and even issues surrounding diarrhea. Growing them yourself is easy and quickly becomes multiple plants making gifts as easy as a simple scissors snip. Think it isn’t for you? Well, the prickly pear cactus can even help with alcohol hangovers and high cholesterol. The desert cactus is an excellent addition to all high-fat, low-fiber Western diets.

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