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Nopal is a popular natural health product in much of Latin America. You may already know Nopa by another name, the "Prickly Pear" cactus Nopal is basically a cactus and has been used in Mexico for many years in the form of a vegetable. Mexicans have eaten them in salads and things of that nature. For many years people have been finding that Nopal can have other beneficial results in the body.
Desert travelers know the ripened fruit of the prickly pear is delicious. Nutritionists know that the fruit is also a good source of ascorbic acid and bioflavonoids. The prickly pear also has value for proponents of natural health. N.S.P. has designed it's prickly pear product Napa! to provide nutritional support for the body's glandular system with particular emphasis on helping the body balance blood sugar levels.
There are many different kind of cacti in the world and a few that grow in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico which have a very long history of folklore use for a variety of ailments. The first is known as Opuntia ficusindica and that's the common prickly pear cactus that many of you have seen here in the southwest. It is very hardy. In fact, it grows as far northeast as New Jersey. You can go into a super market and buy the fruit of the prickly pear with the thorns removed and it is quite tasty. N.S.P. is using the thick, fleshy, spiny leaves of the prickly pear rather than the fruit. There is another species known as Opuntia streptacantha that is less well-known to scientists but has been widely known to folklore culture and folklore people for hundreds, maybe thousand, of years. After studying the market for Nopal supplements, it was found that each species is available singularly. Nature's Sunshine has decided to combine both species in its Nopal supplement because of folkloric use of both and also because of scientific studies that go as far back as 1982. Scientific studies confirmed herbalist uses of these particular plants.
There are not volumes of scientific research that have been published on the helpful benefits of the prickly pear but there is a growing body of evidence particularly in Mexico and the results of these studies are encouraging. In one study going as far back as 1982, people who included these cacti in their diet were shown to have lost weight and also their serum lipids were lowered. In 1986 there was a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine that found that people who were taking oral anti-diabetic agents found that they could cut down on their tablets by taking Nopal In 1992 at the University of Arizona another study showed that indeed Nopal reduced cholesterol and more importantly low-density lipoproteins. It is very important to reduce levels of LDL. It also noted that people with normal blood sugar who took Nopal found that it did not affect their blood sugar at all. That answers the question that if healthy people take Nopal would it cause hypoglycemia and the answer is "no," -Dr. Alvin Segelman
If you are not familiar with Nopal you are probably not alone. This nutritional supplement is very scarce in the U.S. market place. In fact, NSP is one of the first companies to offer this exciting new nutritional supplement. The reason that we are introducing Nopal now is that we've had a great deal of interest expressed by our Hispanic managers within the Nature's Sunshine family. They have really been driving the fact that this is a product that is beneficial for people and that it is a product that we should be moving on now because it's gaining greater awareness in the U.S. market. We feel that we are ahead of the curve on this one and that the demand will be rising rapidly. -Jim Rochetsky, Director of Marketing
Nopal (100 capsules)