Inflammation is an immune system response of the body that is intended as a defense against attacks from outside – injuries and infectious agents. The site of attack draws extra blood, swelling and lymphocytes to the location through the action of inflammation, and healing can take place. This is a completely natural process and in a healthy body happens all the time.
Chronic inflammation, on the other hand, is the basis for many diseases and conditions of modern life.
Often, the signs and symptoms of chronic inflammation are invisible, allowing its effects to multiply in the body unchallenged. The result is conditions like arthritis, fatigue or chronic pain, as well as breathing and digestive conditions, may develop and their cause be unnoticed.
The inflammation has progressed to a cellular level and can wreak havoc throughout the body, becoming the silent killer in such diseases and conditions as obesity and Type-2 Diabetes, allergies, Fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure and cholesterol, heart disease and cancer.
Nopalea juice, made from the nopal cactus, has been shown to reduce chronic inflammation, thereby reducing an individual’s tendency to develop any of these conditions, and improving any conditions that already exist.
The nopal, or prickly pear cactus, a plant that has provided nutrition and medicine to indigenous people in the Sonoran desert for centuries as well as worldwide, has been shown to be rich in antioxidants, substances that reduce inflammation. The prickly pear is particularly rich in a specific kind of anti-oxidant, called betalain, only found in a few other plants, and none in as high a concentration.
Anti-oxidants are substances whose molecules attach to other molecules, ‘free-radicals,’ which are the by-product of oxidative processes that naturally take place in the body. If these ‘free radicals’ are allowed to roam freely in the body, they do microscopic damage to tissues, leading to chronic inflammation and aging.
Daily intake of the antioxidant properties of Nopalea juice can reduce the impact of exposure to toxic substances and oxidative stresses that we all experience, promoting health on a cellular level and reducing effects of free-radical induced aging. By reducing chronic inflammation, pain in the joints can disappear, breathing can improve, and digestion can become better, allowing food to do a better job of nourishing the body.
In addition, Nopalea juice can lower levels of blood glucose in the body, and can help non-insulin dependent diabetics manage their condition.
In fact, regular use of Nopalea can reduce the need for insulin; regular monitoring of blood sugar is essential. Nopalea, because of the presence of the gelatinous soluble fiber pectin in high quantities, can also reduce blood cholesterol by inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol substances in the body, causing them to pass harmlessly out of the body.