Generic: Opuntia ficus
treats Hyperlipidemia, Alcohol-induced hangover, and Diabetes
EvidenceDISCLAIMER: These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Alcohol- induced hangover:
People who consume alcohol to the point of intoxication often experience what is known as a hangover, which can result in fatigue, headache, dizziness, and a general unpleasant feeling. Nopal may have hangover preventative effects, although more studies are needed to confirm this finding.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition where the body is unable to produce insulin and properly break down sugar (glucose) in the blood. Symptoms may include hunger, thirst, excessive urination, dehydration, and weight loss. Scientific studies suggest that nopal may decrease blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol):
Hyperlipidemia is described as excess levels of fats in the blood. Nopal may aid in reducing hyperlipidemia, although there is currently insufficient evidence to make a strong recommendation for this condition.
TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Acne, anti- inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, arthritis, astringent, benign prostate hypertrophy (enlarged prostate), burns, cardiovascular health, chest congestion, colitis, cuts, diarrhea, diuretic, exercise recovery, eye problems, hair tonic, hepatoprotection (liver protection), hypercholesterolemia (high blood cholesterol), hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), hypertension (high blood pressure), immunosuppression, insect bites, ischemic injury, laxative, obesity, platelet aggregation, rash, scrapes, skin irritations, skin toner, sunburn, ulcers, weight loss, wound healing.