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Betalains Can Help Protect Your Body

These cactus proteins contain powerful anti-oxidative characteristics!

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Betalains can have a positive impact on your health! These powerful cactus fruit nutrients help support the body's ability to fight inflammation at the cellular level.

In addition, these nutrients will strengthen your cells so they are resistant to toxins and bad bacteria. They are like body armor around your cells.

Each betalain contains a powerful protein matrix with anti oxidant and anti inflammatory characteristics. Research shows they can also help protect your body from free radical damage. They are water soluble and are found in only a few of the world's plants.

All known autoimmune diseases such as lupus, chrons disease and fibromyalgia are caused by or associated with chronic inflammation in the body.

The pigment in foods like beets are betalains that give the beet its rich red color. The pigment in the nopalea cactus fruit originates from the same source and gives it a vibrant magenta color.

Commercially, the ingredients from the nopalea cactus fruit are used in the food industry as red food dyes to improve the color of tomato paste, sauces, desserts, jams and jellies, ice cream, sweets and breakfast cereals.

Health Benefits

  • Contains soluble fiber that reduces bad cholesterol - LDL
  • Contains carotenoids and flavonoids which also help prevent LDL or bad cholesterol from being deposited in the arteries.
  • Protects cells from toxins, especially those in the brain
  • Protects the liver from toxins
  • Contain both potassium and magnesium

Researchers have discovered 24 different kinds of betalains. Most plants containing this powerful anti oxidant produce only six to twelve different kinds. A higher concentration of these substances can be found in plants that live in hot climates. The harsher the climate the more the plant produces to protect itself from the heat.

Due to its harsh arid environment, the nopalea cactus fruit of the Sonoran Desert has the highest concentration of betalains of any plant on earth! This includes other nopalea cactus from other regions of the world.

These health promoting substances are now available in a specially formulated cactus juice drink called Nopalea.

Research Information

There is a substantial volume of anecdotal evidence supporting the health benefits of prickly pear cactus fruit. In addition to the personal experiences of many users there is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the reports that this unique cactus fruit has specific health benefits. Although there is not any conclusive scientific evidence of the health benefits of the prickly pear there have been a number of promising research studies completed.

Many of the conclusions reached by researchers have been positive. These research scientists almost invariably comment in their reports that additional research needs to be done. We concur with this conclusion. We welcome additional research on the other potential health benefits of the nopalea cactus.

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