Friday, June 5, 2009

PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS: OPUNTIA





There is a Cactus Garden in my school and this morning I went to check up on the plants there to make sure that they are okay. There is a teacher in my school who is an avid gardener and he would take care of the plants and so they are in safe hands. Do you know that the Opuntia, the cactus in the first picture, is very useful? It can be made into a dish and also used as medicine.
Here is some information about the medicinal value of the Opuntia
Health Benefits of the Opuntia

Listed below are some health benefits of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia cochinellifera):
  • Helpful in the treatment of type 2 diabetes
  • Helps in the treatment of hyperlipidemias (increased or abnormal level of lipids in the blood)
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Helps manage conditions of overweight and obesity
  • Prevents cancer
  • Helps treat BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) symptoms


The prickly pear, also known as Opuntia is a very popular herb. Forming an important part of the ancient Mexican culture, the prickly pear is abundant in “flavonoids” which are an important antioxidant property. Antioxidants have a detoxifying effect on the body thereby preventing cellular damage which is the path to cancers, ageing and other health problems.
Source: http://herbs.ygoy.com/medicinal-value-of-cactus/

3 comments:

nswong said...

Opuntia cochinellifera

p said...

Hello, I am interested in planting prickly pear cactus. is it easy to plant? where could i get or buy a plantlet for my garden? thank you very much.

D' Luffy said...

to lina herbs,i'm interested about this cactus.i want to buy this cactus from u to make research for my final project.i hope u read n reply this comment very soon.thank you.