Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica)

Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) has been used by the tribes of Mesoamerica for many years as a source of food and an aid in blood sugar control. More currently, studies have shown that it may have a positive effects on inflammation and skin health, while supporting the immune system.

 

 

 

Antimicrobial Activity of Xoconostle Pears (Opuntia matudae) against Escherichia coli O157:H7 in Laboratory Medium http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3426250/

Effects of Cactus Fiber on the Excretion of Dietary Fat in Healthy Subjects: A Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Clinical Investigation http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4109417/

Cactus: a medicinal food http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3550841/

Intake of dehydrated nopal (Opuntia ficus indica) improves bone mineral density and calciuria in adult Mexican women http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3661902/

Protective effect of cactus cladode extract against cisplatin induced oxidative stress, genotoxicity and apoptosis in balb/c mice: combination with phytochemical composition http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3567432/

Cactus pear: a natural product in cancer chemoprevention http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1242252/

Acute Toxicity of Opuntia Ficus Indica and Pistacia Lentiscus Seed Oils in Mice http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3746649/

Biofunctional activity of tortillas and bars enhanced with nopal. Preliminary assessment of functional effect after intake on the oxidative status in healthy volunteers http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3060835/

Ethnomedicinal Evaluation of Medicinal Plants Used against Gastrointestinal Complaints http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4465652/

Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus indica var. saboten) Protects Against Stress-Induced Acute Gastric Lesions in Ratshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3491621/

Topical Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Isorhamnetin Glycosides Isolated from Opuntia ficus-indica http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4363586/

Macrophage immunomodulatory activity of polysaccharides isolated from Opuntia polyacantha http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2614931/

Chemical Analysis of Nutritional Content of Prickly Pads (Opuntia ficus indica) at Varied Ages in an Organic Harvest http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3108109/

Hypocholesterolemic Effect and In Vitro Pancreatic Lipase Inhibitory Activity of an Opuntia ficus-indica Extract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4442264/

Effect of fruits of Opuntia elatior Mill on mast cell degranulation http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4399015/

Effect of Opuntia humifusa Supplementation and Acute Exercise on Insulin Sensitivity and Associations with PPAR-γ and PGC-1α Protein Expression in Skeletal Muscle of Ratshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3645680/

Reversing gastric mucosal alterations during ethanol-induced chronic gastritis in rats by oral administration of Opuntia ficus-indica mucilage http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4087741/

Pro-oxidant activity of indicaxanthin from Opuntia ficus indica modulates arachidonate metabolism and prostaglandin synthesis through lipid peroxide production in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4143813/

Taurine is absent from amino components in fruits of Opuntia ficus-indicahttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4234743/

Betalains, Phenols and Antioxidant Capacity in Cactus Pear [Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill.] Fruits from Apulia (South Italy) Genotypes http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4665470/