Web MD is a good source for health news. Here they discuss Nopalea cactus which many of our customers say helps control their diabetes.
Prickly pear cactus is used for type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, alcohol hangover, colitis, diarrhea, and benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH). It is also used to fight viral infections.
How does it 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.
This looks like a fun smoothie to make. Horchata is a rice milk with cinnamon. Our cactus is excellent in a smoothie without being peeled or cooked, but sauteing it in agave nectar sounds interesting. Cooking is sometimes about stepping out and trying something new.
Many of our customers say they take cactus as a medicine. It does not take much to regulate blood sugar. It is said to slow the absorption of sugar into the body and reduces the spikes in sugar levels. This is an endorsement of a prepared cactus juice that is marketed nationally.
People can buy our fresh organic edible cactus and see if they get the same benefits.
Nopales fried with eggs is one of the simpler cactus recipes, and one of my favorites.
Just get the sliced cactus frying in some oil, when almost done crack some eggs in and stir until cooked, then spoon out into tortillas. To make the best of this dish, fry some potatoes and onions first, then add the cactus and eggs when almost done. Season with garlic and peppers.... this makes the BEST breakfast burrito you've ever had... especially if you use a good cactus salsa to season it.....
Oh dang, I'm so hungry now.
And I just love how people like the taste of cactus, and tell everyone about it, and I don't even have to pay them!
Dr. Oz uses some funnels and such to illustrate how it is thought eating cactus helps control the flow of sugar into the body, and thereby help relieve some of the symptoms of Type II diabetes for some people.
Many of our customers say that eating just a little of the cactus every day or two helps maintain their proper blood-sugar levels. I'm not a doctor, so I have to rely on the doctors (and customers) to know these things.
Markus Rothkranz shows how to prepare one of the healthiest powerful drinks possible, using two of the most healing plants on the planet, the Prickly Pear cactus AKA Nopales) and Aloe Vera.
Really, as much talking as this guy does about cactus health-benefits you'd think I've paid him to advertise for us! BTW, he's not a teeny-bopper.... he is a lot 'older' than I'd have thought. Maybe his healthy living is showing real dividends!