Workout Longer & Harder
Prickly pear cactus are found in all of the deserts of the American Southwest, with different species having adapted to different locale and elevation ranges.
Most require course, well-drained soil in dry, rocky flats or slopes. But some prefer mountain pinyon/juniper forests, while others require steep, rocky slopes in mountain foothills.
Locked inside the prickly pear cactus may be the best friend your workout ever had. A French research scientist has established that professional athletes can work out longer and harder while using prickly pear extract.
Prickly pear appears to accelerate the production of the body's natural restorative compounds. Prickly pear has traditionally been used to promote healing -- specifically, as a treatment for inflammatory skin diseases, eye inflammation, intestinal tract inflammation, urinary tract inflammation, burns and joint or muscle inflammation. Now, science has validated these uses.
Prickly pear is nontoxic and has no known safety problems, even when used in large quantities.
Prickly Pear Takes on Obesity
Prickly pear contains what is known as "fat binding properties". These properties allow the body to expel around 30 percent more fat after eating a meal.
Translate: Your body absorbs nearly 1/3rd less fat from the food you've ingested.
Try Prickly Pear Tea
- Fill an 8 ounce glass or one cup with tea (hot or cold).
- Add 1 teaspoon of prickly pear syrup and stir well.
Or Prickly Pear Salad Dressing
1/2 cup prickly pear puree
1/3 cup salad oil (not olive oil)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
3 to 4 tablespoons tarragon white wine vinegar
Shake all ingredients together in a covered jar. Makes about 1 cup. This pretty pink dressing is thin like an oil and vinegar dressing, but lower in calories. Good on fruit salads and tossed green salads.
Nutrition Nibble: Some studies show that the pectin in the prickly pear pulp can help lower levels of "bad" cholesterol. Both fruits and pads of the prickly pear are rich in slowly absorbed soluble fibers, which help stabilize blood sugar levels. Studies are on-going to learn more.
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