Powerful and rare anti-inflammatory nutrients from the fruit of the Nopal cactus—called betalains—are now available to consumers in Nopalea™, the anti-inflammatory wellness drink from TriVita®.
The Nopal cactus juice has been used since ancient times for food and medicinal purposes. Cultivated around the world, Nopal cactus is generally believed to be indigenous to North America, particularly Mexico. Traditionally, the fruit of the Nopal cactus was used as a medicine for a variety of health conditions. Now, scientific research has shown that Nopal cactus fruit has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, in the form of rare and potent nutrients called betalains. In addition, the Nopal cactus fruit can help protect the immune and nervous systems and protect against oxidative stress.
Betalains are bioflavonoid in the quercetin family; quercetin has been shown to protect against inflammation related to free radicals. Nopal cactus fruit is a rich source of quercetin. There are 24 known betalains in nature; some are found in beets and Swiss chard, but Nopal cactus fruit contains the most concentrated amount of betalains found in nature.
In plants, Betalain count is determined in part, by where a plant grows: the more extreme the climate, the more betalains the plant needs to survive. Nopalea is sourced from a variety of Nopal cactus fruit, Opuntia ficus indica that is found in the Sonora Desert of North America. Because of the temperature extremes in the Sonora Desert, this variety of Nopal cactus fruit contains all 24 known betalains.
Now consumers can enjoy the benefits of betalain-rich Nopal cactus fruit with Nopalea, the breakthrough, anti-inflammatory wellness drink that is getting rave reviews. People who have consistently taken Nopalea have reported a variety of health benefits: everything from reduced aches and pains to improvements in breathing and skin conditions. Nopalea helps the body reach an optimal state of wellness by relieving pain, improving breathing, and reducing swelling in joints and muscles.