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Prickly and Prudent Nopal

Many times have the cactus plant been painted as something that is only helpful when you get stuck in a desert and finding one can offer you a brief moment relief by drinking the water that is stored in it. While there is truth to this, a cactus–especially the Nopal cactus, have been helping mankind in more ways than we have never thought.

 

These days, Nopal cactus’ more famous form is when its edible pads are dried and ground into powder. It is considered by many health advocates as one of the healthiest food supplements in the market these days. But before basking in the glory of being a world-known superfood, Nopales as locals of Mexico call it, has been a common food ingredient for local cuisine in this part of Central America.

 

For Americans, Nopales  is called prickly pear or paddle cactus. In botany, this vegetable variety is known as Opuntia ficus indica.

 

The origins of the Nopal cactus date back from the 14th century in the volcanic regions of Mesoamerica that is now called Mexico. Since Mexico is known as The Land of Enchantment, the roots of this plant grow deep through legends. As the story goes, the sun god, Huitzilopachtli appeared before an Aztec chieftain and instructed him how he can find their new homeland. He was supposed to look for an island in the middle of a lake–and on that island, there he must find and eagle perched on a cactus that is growing from a rock, on its beak is a snake being eaten. The chieftain eventually found this place and built a great city to honor the sun god. But little did he know that the cactus the eagle was resting on was actually the torn heart of the sun god’s nephew, Copil. Copil is the son of Malinalxochitl, the moon, and Chimalcuahtli. Copil was fighting for his mother but was easily defeated by his uncle and ultimately received a punishment. It is believed, up to this very day, by the locals, that it was the Nopal cactus that grew from the heart of Copil.

 

Noting that story aside, the Nopal cactus is truly a gift from both heaven and earth. It has a nutritional value of 20% manganese, 13% vitamin c, 11% magnesium and 14% calcium. These minerals help in metabolizing fat and carbohydrates, regulate blood sugar levels, they produce energy for our body functions, and strengthen our bones and teeth. For the last 20 years, Nopal Cactus has been spearheading cardiovascular care because of its significant counts of fiber. According to health experts, incorporating Nopal to your diet is the healthiest move you can ever make.

Unlocking the best-kept secrets of Raw Nopal Powder

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Our Azteca Raw Nopal Powder

We have come to live in an age where health truly is wealth. A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean living an outdoorsy-active life. A healthy life is a combination of little positive habits, a good night’s sleep, a proper diet which in turn leads to a great body, skin that is flawless and perfect mental focus regardless of your age. This is where our humble Nopal Cactus plant comes into view.

Welcome to our Nopal Cactus Powder from Natural Products Azteca, or more commonly known to us as prickly pear cactus.

Nopales (as it is commonly named in Mexico and Central America), is technically a vegetable made from the soft pads of the underdeveloped fruit of the cactus plant. The Nopal Cactus alone can help to increase stamina, boost endurance and is beneficial to mental alertness. Nopal is usually green or purple in color and mostly is the size of an average person’s hand with a smooth consistency of flavor between green beans and green peppers.

Backed by a 50,000-year agricultural technology, dating back to the ancient people of the Aztecs, the Nopal cactus helped this ancient civilization thrive for an entire historical era. On that note, saying that this super plant can work wonders is an understatement of massive proportions. Today, some farmer’s cooperatives use the same field cultivated by the great fallen empire of The Aztecs, where Nopal cacti is naturally grown by those farmers dedicated to bring to the world this amazing and virtuous plant that could be introduced into our daily diets in different forms. If used in a powder form, you can add to your smoothies, dilute it in water or mix it with your favorite fruit or veggie juice. If you are lucky enough to get this plant in its natural form you can prepare it in salads or stir fry. You will not regret using Nopal in your diet as it will add goodness to your food and enhance your general well-being.

We can assert that Nopal is the next level of natural health supplement that brings a wonderful combination of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and 10 essential amino acids. This is the Azteca Nopal Cactus Powder that is on offer for you.

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The fruit of the plant, also known as tuna, is used to cure infections of the respiratory tract when boiled and consumed with honey. The fruit is also consumed to cure conditions like a sore throat, diarrhea, and arteriosclerosis. The pads of Nopal Cactus are used as heating pads to heal swelling, muscle aches and pains and for dressing cuts and wounds. The sap or gel of the pads is a great remedy for burns, cuts, and bruises when applied on the affected area.

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