The nopal is traditionally consumed in Mexico and in the United States. Nopales are prepared with several different cooking methods, they are usually consumed as salads. The potential dietary applications for the use of dried nopal powder are widely variated and this is because it contains some essential nutriments that help to maintain human health.
The benefits associated with fiber content are well known. Some studies showed that nopal used for human consume, are rich in calcium which, is consider an important mineral component for bone metabolism and contribute to the prevention of some osseous disorders such as osteoporosis.
The dried nopal powder is an important source of nutritional elements for example pectin, mucilage that are beneficial to digestive system and also minerals. The dried nopal powder is a source of proteins including essential amino acids, and vitamins. Several studies have reported that high levels of amino acids especially proline, threonine and serine are found in nopal. They help maintain and repair muscles, organs, nails, hair, skin, ligaments and glands.
All parts of the cactus plant are rich in members of the polyphenol family such as various flavonoids and phenolic acids. The growing interest in polyphenols results from their antioxidant potential and their benefits on the human health.
100% Nopal (Opuntia ficus indica cv. Redonda)
• Important source of fiber
Fiber helps to ameliorate the symptoms of diabetes, through the reduction of glucose values in the blood. Fiber also helps to prevent constipation cases in the digestive tract.
• Source of protein
Nopal Powder provides a vegetal alternative to animal protein.
• Source of essential human requirements of amino acids
Nopal Powder also provides important essential amino acids, such as: isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
• Source of antioxidants
Antioxidants are involved in health benefits such as the prevention of inflammation, cardiovascular dysregulation and neurodegenerative diseases and polyphenols have also proven anticancer activity.