Nopal/Prickly Pear Cactus, Opuntia streptacantha



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May decrease glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes

Preliminary clinical evidence that prickly pear cactus used orally can decrease blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. Nopal’s high fibrous polysaccharide content, including pectin, can lower blood glucose and lipid levels.

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May have some effect in treatment of enlarged prostrate, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).

Prickly pear cactus is used for benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)

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