Nopal Cactus Vcap vegetarian capsules, provided by Douglas Laboratories®, contain 600 mg of the cactus Nopal (Opuntia ficus-indica). Nopal, also called prickly
pear, is a perennial cactus that grows in semi-tropical area throughout the world. Nopal's content of gums and mucilages is thought to reduce the absorption of sugars and fats from the gastrointestinal tract.
Nopal cactus, traditionally used to control glycemia in diabetics, has been shown in scientific studies to effectively attenuate postprandial hyperglycemia. Studies comparing the glycemic and indices of foods commonly eaten in
Mexico show that nopal cactus has the lowest indices of all.
Nopal's therapeutic effectiveness may depend chiefly upon its content of gums and mucilages. These hydorphilic polysaccharide molecules may bind not only water as they increase in volume, but also sugars and fats as they are caught within the
Voluminous matrix of mucilage and water. Nopal consumption has also been demonstrated to reduce plasma low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
levels. Treatment of obese patients on a low 800 Kcal,hypoglucidic diet, with mucilage such as found in Nopal Cactus, resulted in a weight loss greater
Than that obtained with diet alone. The investigators of this study suggested that the
Mucilage treatment reduced plasma cholesterol by limiting intestinal absorption of bile acids. Another way that nopal may effectively lower body weight is by reducing appetite. The increased volume in the stomach afforded by the swollen mucilage and water matrix of ingested nopal may more quickly produce a feeling of satiety and thus limit caloric intake.
Adults take 1 to 2 capsules before meals, 1 to 2 times daily, or as directed by physician.
Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. Keep out of reach of children.