Nopal Cactus Nutrients and Health Benefits

Nopal Cactus Nopalea OpuntiaIf you have been in Mexico for about a week or more, then you most likely heard of, seen, or even tried their very popular meals with Nopales. These meals could consist of Meat with Nopales, Eggs with Nopales, Tacos with Nopales, or a salad that is made with Nopal Cactus. Nopales must be prepared properly to make sure that all of the Glochids, Spines, and the Outer Layer are removed prior to eating or even cooking.

Nopal Cactus is also know to have names like Fruit of Prickly Pears, Cactus Fruit, Cactus Fig, Indian Fig, Tuna, Opuntia, Nopalitos, Nopalea, or Paddle Cactus. Nopal or Opuntia contains a large number of species which are sometimes hard to tell apart from each other. People from around the world use Opuntia or Nopal Cactus for Medical purpouses, Food, Decorations, Cultural purposes, Dye uses, and even for Construction purpouses. The Nutrients in a cup (149 grams) of Cooked without salt Nopales are:

- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1, Thiamin
- Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
- Vitamin B3, Niacin
- Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
- Vitamin B9, Folate, Folic Acid
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Choline
- Protein
- Calcium (Good Amount)
- Iron
- Magnesium
- Phosphorus
- Potassium
- Sodium
- Zinc
- Copper
- Manganese (Good Amount)
- Selenium
- Natural Fats
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids
- Carbohydrates
- Dietary Fiber
- Natural Sugars
- Calories

The Possible Health Benefits of Cooked Nopales are:

Manganese:
- Supports strong bones
- Supports healthy bones
- Normalizes blood sugar levels
- Supports healthy thyroid gland
- Improves Nerve health
- Protects from free radicals
- Helps protect from nausea
- Reduces vomiting
- Reduces skin rashes
- Maintains Hair color
- Normalizes Cholesterol levels
- Helps prevent dizziness
- Helps prevent hearing loss
- Supports healthy reproduction

Calcium:
- Maintains healthy bones
- Improves nerve function
- Improves muscle function
- Supports Healthy blood clotting
- Reduces feet tingling
- Reduces hand tingling
- Lowers chance of retardation in children
- Reduces chance of bone deformities
- Reduces feet numbness
- Reduces hand numbness
- Improves teeth health

Magnesium:
- Relaxes nerves
- Relaxes muscles
- Strengthens bones
- Builds bones
- Improves blood circulation
- Protects from muscle spasms
- Improves heart rate
- Normalizes blood sugar level
- Helps prevent headaches

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7 thoughts on “Nopal Cactus Nutrients and Health Benefits

  1. Nopalea (made from the prickly pear) is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is said that inflammation is the root cause of many diseases and chronic discomforts. It is also believed that Nopalea juice is chock full of antioxidants and a property called betalains which contains many of the B vitamins and minerals.

  2. It was ironic to see the Jillian Michaels 30-day shred ad right next to here, because I was just talking about how drinking nopalea and doing the plan can increase your weight loss. But as you know nopalea is not just about weight. it’s about overall good health.

  3. I have a friend who’s liver was starting to fail. I think it was her gallbladder that leaked toxins into her her whole body. She was sick as a dog, in the hospital, getting ready to get on the list for a liver transplant. A family friend from Peru was highly concerned and bought her a weeks worth of nopal, peeled it for her, made her drink the goopy stuff(uncooked) every night. In 3 weeks, her doctor couldn’t figure out why she suddenly didn’t need a new liver.
    I’m trying it now, just to see if it has any benefits for inflammation due to autoimmune disease.

  4. Thank you for your helpful comment, I heard many true life stories where people either healed themselves by using something healthy and Natural or by asking God to heal them.
    Your Comment is very appreciated :)

  5. Those Mexican meals using nopales sound delicious! If I ever go back to Mexico I’m going to definitely try one. Thanks for the article.

  6. I am also truly amazed with these fruit and its leaves! They have been on the earth for thousands of years and have given water to those lost in desserts. They are as healthy and delicious as they can be! I have taking them for granted while I lived in México. Is a fruit defined for the few.

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