Opuntia (prickly pear) and its health benefits in human nutrition: A review

Article · December 2015with 35 Reads
Abstract
Opuntia nutritional content is a good option between food recommendations for human nutrition and health care maintaining this requires the use of the best available scientific evidence nutraceutical properties to achieve the goals which play the leading role in providing nutrition in order to prevent degenerative disease such as diabetes. The great number of potentially active and their multifunctional properties makes cactus pear fruits and cladodes perfect candidates for the production of health promoting food and food supplements. It is also seen in treating a number of diseases and conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, rheumatic pain, gastric mucosa diseases and asthma. It has also positive correlation in respect of reducing risk of diseases associated with oxidative stress such as cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. So, this review discusses cactus pear fruit with special emphasis on its functional components besides their nutritional importance as a nutraceutical food, fodder and other health benefits.
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