Health Benefits Of Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear – Diet And Hangover Cure

prickly-pear-for-weight-losIt is often said that nature is sciences’ shopping basket – most scientifically developed products are derived from the natural world. None more so that in the health industry.

The  Optuntia Ficus, a cactus more commonly known as the Prickly Pear has origins dating back hundreds if not thousands of years . It has been used by ancient civilizations and in particular the Aztecs.

The Prickly Pear can offer a wide variety of natural remedies – probably the two most common uses are for weight loss and to treat hangovers.

Prickly Pear And Weight Loss

The Prickly Pear has been used throughout history for common disorders  but it is only relatively recently that its benefits to weight loss  have been discovered.

Extracts of the fruit are particularly effective at binding with dietary fat.

The commercial weight loss, diet and slimming market is fully stocked with products that claim to be natural but in essence the fact is that a high proportion of ingredients have been synthetically engineered.

This was highlighted in a recent Daily Express article.

prickly-pear-smallNational tabloid editor Jo Wiley (of the Daily Express) composed an article entitled “Prickly Pear Is Key In Battle Against Obesity” it detailed how one diet pill  producer, Proactol had introduced a commercial product into the market in 2005 and built a solid reputation while trying underplay its role in the worlds obesity pandemic.

Proactol product manager Katie Downing-Howitt said: “We aren’t suggesting that Proactol is a miracle treatment for obesity but it is clinically proven to bind with fat and, as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle, does assist weight loss.”

Proactol is a natural fat binder it can stop the absorption of approximately a quarter of dietary fat from being digested from food consumed. Or put another way – only 75% of the potential calories taken on will appear in the places you don’t want them to.

Proactol Natural Fat BinderProactol has been subject to numerous independent clinical trials – it is classified as a Medical Device Type 1 (MDD 93/42/EEC) and carries the CE mark of Approval.

More about Proactol

Can The Prickly Pear Cure Hangovers

prickly-pear-hangover-cureThe first documented clinical trial attaching the Prickly Pear and health benefits was focused around a possible treatment for the after effects of consuming too much alcohol and subsequent hangovers

The resulting clinical trials have confirmed that taking extracts of the Optuntia Ficus India Cactus can greatly reduce the symptoms of excessive alcohol consumption (dry mouth, headache, sickness and fatigue)

Several independent trails have confirmed that hangover sufferers who take the substance are far more likely to recover quicker than those who don’t

The best hangover cure is obvioulsy abstinence but for those who cannot resist drinking to excess there is always the prickly pear – you may also shed a few pounds into the bargain.