Cactus And Diabetes

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Nopal Plant Normalizes Blood Sugar, Treats Diabetes, Boosts Insulin Sensitivity

(NewsTarget) The prickly pear cactus – known as nopal in Mexico – exhibits multiple medicinal effects. As professor of nutrition Winston F. Craig, Ph.D., writes to the HighBeam Encyclopedia, the prickly pear can help with diabetes, lower blood sugar levels and offer other health benefits. • The ability for the prickly pear cactus (nopal) to lower blood sugar has been well documented by many studies. In traditional Mexican medicine, nopal is used for treating type-2 Diabetes. • Mexican researchers found that people with non-insulin-dependent diabetes given broiled nopal stems experienced a large drop in blood sugar levels. • It has been shown that daily consumption of 250mg of this plant will lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, according to a recent study. HDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels were not affected. • In India, the cactus has been used to treat whooping cough and asthma. • Prickly pear fruit and other elements of the cactus are edible as a jelly or jam, as a fruit or as a cooked dish. • The cactus is naturally found in Arizona, Mexico and other parts of the American Southwest; it is commercially grown in California and also has been exp Continue reading >>

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  1. ForEverYoung

    Cactus/Nopales, why are they good for diabetics.

    Now that I know what effects diabetes. I started looking into why Nopales might be good for diabetics.
    I don't see why?
    Here are the nutritional facts. I don't see anything in might stimulate insulin effeciency(More insulin, increase liver absorption of bgs, decrease insulin resistance). Does anyone know what the thinking is behind the theory that NOPLES are supposed to be good for you?
    I can see that they are low in carbs, but then again there isn't any other energy sources. At least not much.

  2. jwags

    I did some quick research and found they are high in soluble fiber. That is the same kind in oatmeal, barley and shiratake noodles. I've never eaten one and I'm not sure how to cook them. They are big in Mexico. Here is an article from Diabetes Journals

  3. ForEverYoung

    So are they saying that it lowers your glycemic index?

    These findings demonstrate that the addition of nopales to the usual Mexican breakfast among type 2 diabetic subjects induced a reduction in glucose concentration after the meal. The reduction in glycemic index obtained for the three meals was 21, 12, and 15 glycemic index units. Results are consistent with the low glycemic index and glycemic load of the nopales (3). The addition of a very low glycemic index and glycemic load plus 3 g fiber from nopales shows a significant reduction of IAUC in all breakfasts.
    Wow, that would mean that noples lower the glycemic index of meals.
    I wonder if putting some in my oatmeal would lower spikes?? lol

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