Viridian Organic Nopal 90 Capsules
What is Nopal?
This is an organic powder of the cactus, Opuntia ficus-indica. Grown to organic standard in Tunisia, Nopal is a valuable source of fibre as well as 17 amino acids.
Directions: As a food supplement, take three capsules daily with food, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
What is Nopal used for?
Nopal is an all-natural organic food product that is made with 100% natural dehydrated leaves of a cactus called Opuntia ficus-indica, commonly known as Barbary fig or prickly pear. In Mexico the Nopales (from the Nahuatl word nōpalli for the pads) are a vegetable made from the young cladophyll (pad) segments of prickly pear, carefully peeled to remove the spines.
Nopal is rich in nutrients and fibre (soluble and insoluble) and has been shown to be beneficial for weight management. New research also reveals enormous potential for diverse applications using this food supplement. Viridian’s Nopal is grown organically in Tunisia.
Nopal is most known as a natural way to lose weight. The high fibre content (approx. >30% by weight) of Nopal promotes satiety by increasing its volume in the stomach and by naturally slowing transit time, hence aiding glucose regulation. This product on its own, or as part of a weight management plan, offers a new approach to losing weight by reducing fat absorption (due to the lipophilic nature of nopal), aiding digestive function (including gut flora regulation), improving glycemic regulation and inhibiting inflammatory responses through regulation of blood lipids. Research into the lipophilic binding nature of Opuntia shows that 1.6g of the plant increases fat excretion on average of 27%, compared to placebo. Nopal also exerts a diuretic effect and so may be beneficial in cases of oedema (fluid retention).
Nopal being a rich fibre source along with its valuable nutritional composition, including appreciable levels L-taurine, provide support in cases of hyperlipidemia (elevated blood fats). Nopal has been shown to significantly reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels and increase in HDLs. Nopal has also been shown to positively influence heart rate variability (HRV) in athletes and reduce overall heart rate.
Nopal is a rich source of carbohydrate polymers, mainly mucilage and pectin which have been shown to exert cytoprotective (cell protection) effects on the gastric mucosa. Molecular interactions between mucilage monosaccharides and membrane phospholipids, may be relevant features responsible for changing activities of membrane attached proteins during the healing process after chronic gastric mucosal damage.
Nopal is a valuable source of fibre (both soluble and insoluble) including the prebiotic arabinogalactan, as well as 17 amino acids, vitamins (including beta carotene and vitamin C) and minerals including calcium, magnesium and potassium.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY / ANTIOXIDANT
Nopal is a natural source of vitamin C and antioxidant phytonutrients known as Betalain pigments (similar to anthocyanidins). These pigments coupled with other naturally occurring nutrients exert radical-scavenging effects which improve antioxidant status and reduce oxidative damage to lipids. Nopal has shown protective anti-inflammatory effects in reducing cartilage alteration in joint disease.
interestingly a 2004 study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine revealed that the use of Opuntia ficus indica reduced C-reactive protein (key marker of inflammation) levels 40% more than the placebo and showed a reduction in alcohol hangover symptoms, apparently by inhibiting the production of inflammatory mediators.
One vegan capsule provides:
|Organic Nopal (Opuntia Ficus-Indica)||500mg|