Health benefits of cactus juice

Cactus plant grows in the arid regions of Mexico, Southern California and Arizona. Nopal is a thin, flat and oval stem, of the cactus plant, consumed as a vegetable. Cactus juice has been used for centuries in Latin and North American cultures. The juice is a staple in the diets of people residing in South America, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East, cactus juice offers a good dose of nutrition to everyone. Along with admirable levels of potassium, calcium, manganese, copper and iron. It is also replenished with various vitamins and phytonutrients.

Cactus juice provides instant relief from menstrual cramps, it eases the abdominal pain women experience during their menstrual cycle. Cactus juice is also known to be useful in controlling nausea. Cactus juice inhibits leukocyte migration, which acts as a catalyst in the development of inflammatory diseases. It contains vitamin A, B3 and C which are considered very beneficial for people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, the anti-inflammatory properties of cactus juice help in relieving the pain and fights inflammation. It also eases the stiffness and soreness accompanying arthritis.

This juice aids the growth of good bacteria in the gut. A natural detoxifying agent, it can be used in the treatment of diverticulitis and colitis. The laxative properties of this juice enable it to be used as a natural remedy for constipation, the anti-inflammatory nature of this juice aids in easing the inflammation in the urethra and bladder, especially in cases of gallstones and urinary bladder infections. Cactus juice is prescribed for people suffering from rashes that develop on the skin. It also helps in treating scabs and spores.

Cactus juice is a great source of antioxidants. It contains a rare form of antioxidant known as betalain. Betalain flushes out the free radicals present in the body. You must drink cactus juice in combination with vitamin C rich fruits for enhancing the overall defense in the body. Thus, regular consumption of cactus juice may reduce the risk of degenerative and age-related diseases. A study has shown that cactus juice possesses the potential to keep cancer at bay.

It contains chemicals that aid in warding off cancer and inhibiting the growth of cancerous cells. Cactus juice contains high levels of betalain antioxidants, the natural anti-cancerous agents. It can be used as an alternative to chemotherapy. It also lowers the effects of hangovers.

It is also a rich source of antioxidants, flavonoids, omega 3 fatty acids, amino acids and beta-carotene. Regular consumption of cactus juice can help in maintaining blood sugar levels. Pectin, the soluble fiber present in this juice, slows down the absorption rate of the sugar by the human body. Regular use of this juice can help in preventing fluctuations in the sugar levels. Studies also suggest the regular use of this juice for preventing type 2 diabetes. It is advisable to restrict the quantity consumed to avoid hypoglycemia.

Cactus juice eliminates deadly viruses in the body, thereby strengthening the immune system. It contains high levels of phytochemicals which thwart off tumors and increase immune response in the body. The antioxidants also protect against premature aging, Regular consumption of cactus juice can lower total cholesterol levels by almost 30%. Cactus juice is a rich source of soluble fiber, which is found to reduce the LDL cholesterol levels in the body. It also reduces the oxidation of fat, preventing atherosclerosis. Cactus juice significantly  reduces the symptoms of a hangover, which include nausea, dry mouth and loss of appetite.
Over consumption of this juice may lead to nausea vomiting, hypoglycemia, bloating, headache and stomach pains.

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