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What is a Nopal?

The nopal cactus is a mexican pride. It can be found everywhere from the national flag to the most traditional dishes and deserts.
The leaves are cut and eaten young, and can be consumed whole, or processed as candy, flour or extracts. 
There are also a number of medicinal uses, thanks to this cactus’s varied health benefits.

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Nopal cactus has antiviral properties, and some research has found that it has antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus (HSV), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and HIV.

High in antioxidants

Antioxidants can protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Nopal cactus is able to reduce oxidative stress. Antioxidants can benefit everyone, regardless of age and preexisting conditions.

Regulates blood sugar levels

Regulating blood sugar can be a huge struggle for people with diabetes. Nopal cactus may provide a complementary solution. Some research indicates that nopal cactus can decrease and regular blood sugar.


There's a great variety of dishes that use the nopal as a main ingredient. Using different preparation techniques, the nopal can gain different delicious flavors that never cease to impress. 

Protects nerve cells

Nerve cells can be damaged like all other cells. This can lead to sensory loss or pain. Nopal cactus can protect against this damage. A 2014 study found that it contains neuroprotective properties. This can help prevent nerve cells from damage or loss of function.

Reduce cholesterol

A study found evidence that nopal cactus was able to decrease cholesterol. While overall levels of cholesterol dropped, LDL cholesterol (or “bad” cholesterol) dropped significantly. Nopal cactus can lower cholesterol without the side effects in traditional cholesterol medications.


Several studies have found that nopal cactus has anti-inflammatory properties, that contributes to its wide use to prevent hangovers.