Supports healthy glucose levels.
• Helps balance fluids and electrolytes.
• Contains fiber and supporting nutrients such as beta-carotene and
The nopal cactus, with its large, paddlelike leaves, bright red fruit,
and luxurious flowers, grows wild and is cultivated in gardens
throughout the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Also known as prickly
pear cactus, the nopal is not only a mythic symbol of strength and
health, it is an important, nutritious food and it has been used for
centuries in traditional herbalism. Current studies now show that it
is an effective means of supporting healthy glucose levels, when
combined with a healthy diet and exercise program.
The benefits of nopal cactus (Opuntia spp.) come at a time when many
American diets contain high amounts of refined carbohydrates and
sugars. Blood sugar balance affects the health of the kidneys,
heart, eyes, and the entire body.
Planetary Herbals is proud to present Full Spectrum Nopal Cactus,
a source of health known for centuries, but only recently documented
to support healthy blood sugar balance.
Many centuries ago, the ancient Aztecs of Mexico were a nomadic
people - unsettled and poor. The legends say that one day, one of
their leaders had a vision. He was told that the people should
settle, and if they did, they would thrive. They would know where to
settle when they saw a sign: an eagle with a snake in its talons,
perched on a nopal cactus. Roaming central Mexico, the people saw
the sign in a location now known as Mexico City. They settled there
and they did thrive, creating one of the most advanced civilizations
in the Western Hemisphere. The nopal is still legendary in Central
and South America. The eagle, snake and nopal cactus adorn the flag
The leaves of the nopal are widely consumed as a vegetable, similar
in taste to asparagus, and the red, pear-shaped fruit is used to
make jams, jellies and other desserts. Herbalists have used nopal
leaves topically for centuries.
Animal and human studies in both Mexico and the US have shown nopal
cactus to have blood sugar balancing qualities. Further studies have
found that extracts of nopal also help balance fluids and
electrolytes, two areas that are often affected when blood sugar is
Method of Action
Nopal’s effectiveness is said to be related to its unique
evolutionary history. Cacti are descendants of leafy trees, but
during their evolution have had to adapt to extremely dry, hot
deserts. The cacti rely on stembased photosynthesis, and their
epidermis must remain functional for years, as the cells regulate
water and nutrients in an enclosed system. The cactus must survive
dry, searing temperatures, so it developed special compounds called
polysaccharides. These compounds cover a wound to the cactus with a
slimy film that turns into a tough impermeable seal, protecting the
plant from the shock of excessive heat.
The nopal’s polysaccharides, along with its pectins and mucilages,
slow down intestinal transit and absorption of sugar, thereby
supporting healthy glucose levels. The cactus also contains
substantial levels of beta-carotene and vitamin C, which also have
Planetary Herbals Full Spectrum Nopal Cactus combines extracts
from the epidermis, roots and inner flesh of the cactus, for the
plant’s full benefit. Planetary Herbals integrates the best of
worldwide herbal traditions with modern clinical research. The
result is an herbal product line that is unequalled for efficacy,
safety, and dependability.