The locals in Morocco call cactus KARMOUSS. Pear or fig-like cactus fruits are also called cactus figs, Indian figs, barbarian figs, or tuna, which are the fruit of the cactus – the species Opuntia (lat. Opuntia Ficus Indica), and can grow up to 8 meters in height. The prickly pear shell is covered with tiny and very sharp spines. The fruit is usually 7 centimeters long, the skin can be yellow, purple, or greenish. The flesh is orange-pink in color and its texture is similar to melon. The fruit tastes very sweet and aromatic, so it has always been an important part of the human diet. In the past, they were widely used for culinary and medicinal purposes, as well as livestock feed.
The cactus and its uses in culinary and folk medicine
The Aztecs used it to treat burns, the Chinese to treat puss-filled wounds, and the Native Americans have eaten them and made syrup to treat coughs and asthma. In traditional Mexican medicine they have been used to treat diabetes and high cholesterol. Edible and useful, however, are not only the fruits of the cactus, but also its leaves. The plant is known for its flattened stems or leaves called ‘shovels’ or barbed pads which are 4 to 16 centimeters long. Fresh cactus leaves, which have their spines removed beforehand, are a good culinary specialty, and dried and crushed into powder that is used for medicinal purposes.
Research results (e.g. The Effect of Cactus Fiber on the Excretion of Dietary Fat in Healthy Subjects; Chemical Analysis of the Nutritional Content of Prickly Pad (opuntia ficus indica) at Varied Ages in An Organic Harvest; The Effect of Cactus Pear (Opuntia ficus-india) on Body Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Factors) prove that powdered cactus leaves contain an important source of nutrients that help improve digestion and accelerate intestinal peristalsis, which is why the World Health Organization (WHO) lists them as one of the best natural remedies.
Cactus leaves contain many nutrients, namely: soluble and insoluble fiber, minerals, vitamins (C, B1, B2 niacin), beta carotene, bioflavonoids, and amino acids, which accelerate the normal functioning of physiological processes. In addition, they are also a source of easily digestible protein. Powdered cactus leaves contain a lot of fiber that softens stools, bile acids, and are classically known for their roles in facilitating the digestion and absorption of dietary lipids, giving them an important role in preventing different types of digestive disorders and stomach ulcers.
Powdered cactus leaves as a prebiotic
As a prebiotic, they actively contribute to the maintenance of the intestinal flora. Thanks to fiber, which swells in contact with water, contributes to a greater feeling of satiety, reduces appetite, prevents the absorption of fats, increases their breakdown and excretion, helps to avoid “snacks” between meals and is therefore an effective addition to weight loss diets. Because the product acts as a diuretic, it supports bladder function and helps the kidneys
Characteristics of powdered cactus leaves
They are useful in reducing cholesterol and total fat from food, thus helping to reduce blood lipids and prevent arteriosclerosis. They maintain the balance of body fluids, thus preventing its retention in the intercellular space, along with metabolic wastes. Thus, they have a beneficial effect on kidney function, reduce the possibility of cellulite and excessive fluid accumulation. They also lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels in diabetics. Due to the rich content of nutrients, especially amino acids, from which the body produces vital proteins (enzymes, hormones), powdered cactus leaves are an easily digestible food.
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