Prickly Pear: What Benefits Does This Cactus Carry?
Updated : July 15, 2021 11:07 IST
Mostly found in the North American deserts, prickly pear belongs to the cactus family. We also know prickly pear as ‘paddle cactus’ and ‘tuna’.
Prickly pear is a species of the Opuntia genus. The flowers can be found in red, yellow or purple and many other varieties. Each flower bears fruit that is edible.
Not many people know but this cactus fruit contains many amazing benefits.
Maintains blood pressure
Eating prickly pears helps your body maintain normal blood pressure levels. It is rich in phytonutrients, enzymes and minerals that promote healthy blood pressure. It also improves insulin sensitivity so it can be a useful dietary supplement for diabetes.
The anti-inflammatory properties of prickly pear offer many health benefits in fighting inflammation in the body. Eating this cactus plant helps prevent inflammation of the joints and muscles caused by arthritis. Other inflammatory diseases like asthma, bronchitis and fibromyalgia can also benefit and get alleviate by this cactus.
Good for digestion
Consuming prickly pear on a daily basis helps regulate bowel movements which maintain a healthy digestive system. It prevents all diseases that can occur with chronic constipation.
The rich content of antioxidants and antiseptic properties of prickly pear strengthens the body's immune system. They help your body fight harmful, infectious, and pathogenic microorganisms in your body.
Adds to kidney health
Prickly pear is often used as a diuretic. This means it is good for kidney and bladder health. It prevents urinary tract problems, bloating and accumulation of water in the body.
Prickly pear is useful for skin health. Eating this fruit helps moisturize and nourish the skin, preventing dryness, dullness and the premature formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Thanks to many other antioxidant properties, it also helps prevent the formation of dark circles under the eyes.
So, when are you going to try this cactus fruit?