DRENANT Prickly Pear Powder

The prickly pear plant, also known as nopal (Opuntia ficus-indica) is a plant whose fruits have been traditionally consumed in the Mediterranean area. In Latin American countries like Mexico, the plant itself is also eaten. It is part of the Aztec mythology, where it was known as the plant of life, because apparently it never dies, as a new plant can grow from it after it dries.

Description

The prickly pear plant, also known as nopal (Opuntia ficus-indica) is a plant whose fruits have been traditionally consumed in the Mediterranean area. In Latin American countries like Mexico, the plant itself is also eaten. It is part of the Aztec mythology, where it was known as the plant of life, because apparently it never dies, as a new plant can grow from it after it dries.

This plant's fruits, prickly pears, contain water, carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins, minerals and pigments such as betalaine derivatives (indicaxanthin and betanin). They are used to make desserts and ice cream, for sweetening, in sauces, condiments, snacks or tea.

The fruit colour can range from orangey-yellow to purple, due to pigments derived from betalain. One of these pigments is indicaxanthin, and it is highly bioavailable. This easily absorbed compound is a potent antioxidant against LDL (low density lipoprotein) or 'bad' cholesterol.

It has been observed that the consumption of prickly pear extract increases the antioxidant capacity of cells by more than 50%, increasing plasma concentrations of vitamins C and E, and glutathione peroxidase levels. This extract has proven to be a very strong diuretic, eliminating urea and uric acid but not minerals.

Due to the manufacturing process of this product, Salengei Prickly Pear Powder is a natural ingredient suitable for reshaping the figure and improving antioxidant protection with a suggested dose of only 2 g per day.

Several studies confirm the properties of this product, making it the perfect ingredient for weight control.

Conclusions from scientific studies

Effects on weight and shape.

In a double blind study conducted on women who were given 2 grams daily for 4 weeks, a significant loss of body weight and reduction of waist, calf and ankle measurements was observed, with the added bonus of excess water excretion without altering mineral balance or blood pressure.

Effects on diuresis and bloated or tired legs.

In another study, young women were asked about their conviction about the effect the daily intake of this product had, also asking them how they felt before and after a 5-day treatment taking 2 g daily. The results were as follows:

- 80% conviction on reduced swelling.

- 73% of conviction on tired legs.

- 67% of conviction on reshaping the figure.

- 73% of conviction on increased diuresis.

In this study, no adverse effects were observed on the elimination of electrolytes or on blood pressure.

Salengei Prickly Pear Powder is obtained through a unique process of extraction that preserves the integrity of the active principles.

Ingredients

Prickly pear extract in a soluble powder form.

Suggested use

Mix ½ or 1 scoop (3 to 6 g) with water or with your favourite drink, or sprinkle on food. Take once or twice daily.

Nutrition facts


Nutrition facts    Per 100g % RDA* Per 10g % RDA*
Energy  kCal 294 15 29 1
  kJ 1229   123  
Fats g 1.1 2 0.1 0
  Saturated   0.4 2 0.04 0
Carbohydrates g 49 19 4.9 2
  Sugars g 49 54 4.9 5
Fibre   40.2   4  
Protein g 2 4 0.2 0
Salt g 0.3 5 0.03 0

*RDA: Recommended Dietary Allowance for an average adult (8400 kJ / 2000 kCal)

The very low salt content in this product is only due to the naturally occurring sodium in it.

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