Opuntia species of cactus and their role in health
July 20 2017

Opuntia is the most widespread of all genera in the cactus family. The genus occurs naturally throughout North and South America.

Cancer
Photochem Photobiol. 2013. Dietary Feeding of Opuntia Humifusa Inhibits UVB Radiation-Induced Carcinogenesis by Reducing Inflammation and Proliferation in Hairless Mouse Model.

Food Funct. 2013. Chemopreventive effect of cactus (Opuntia humifusa) extracts: radical scavenging activity, pro-apoptosis, and anti-inflammatory effect in human colon (SW480) and breast cancer (MCF7) cells.

Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2012. Inhibitory effects of Opuntia humifusa on 7, 12-dimethyl- benz[a]anthracene and 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13- acetate induced two-stage skin carcinogenesis.

Diabetes and blood sugar
Int J Mol Sci. 2013. Effect of Opuntia humifusa Supplementation and Acute Exercise on Insulin Sensitivity and Associations with PPAR-γ and PGC-1α Protein Expression in Skeletal Muscle of Rats. From these results, O. humifusa supplementation might play an important role for improving insulin sensitivity through elevation of PPAR-γ, PGC-1α, and GLUT-4 protein expression in rat skeletal muscle.

Cardiovasc Hematol Agents Med Chem. 2008. Medicinal agents in the metabolic syndrome. The metabolic syndrome (MS) has become a worldwide health problem. It is difficult for patients to follow a diet/exercise regime that would improve their symptoms, therefore the investigation of agents that may deal with its more serious aspects is an important medical field for research. The cardiovascular consequences associated with the syndrome and some of the therapeutic approaches are discussed. The different agents can be divided into several groups: Inorganic/ organic: Zinc complexes with garlic components as insulino-mimetics; Selenium as antioxidant; Copper, Zinc and Manganese as microcomponents of antioxidant enzymes. Organic: Natural or Synthetic: Glycine is effective in lowering blood pressure, TBARS, intra-abdominal fat tissue and triglycerides in sucrose-fed rats. Pharmaceutical products: Fibrates, Lipid-lowering drugs. Antidiabetics. Anti-gout agents. On the other hand there are natural products such as those of animal origin: Sex hormones (also synthetic) used in the problems of menopause and hypoandrogenism frequently found in the MS, antioxidant Omega-3-oils (fish oils) or Vegetal: for example Digitalis pupurea, century-old cardiovascular medication as well as Magnolia officinalis; Spirulina maxima with beneficial effects as antioxidant and lipid-lowering agent, among others. Prickly Pear Cacti. (Opuntia Ficus- Indica Cochlospermum vitifolium whose many properties against diabetes and hypercholesterolemia have been empirically known for many years. Perezone (from Perezia plants, a.k.a. Peonia) described as an antiplatelet aggregating agent. The mixed elements in the Mediterranean diet: Fish, salads (peppers, tomatoes), olive oil, garlic, red wine which combines fish oils, garlic and avocado as well as antioxidants from the rest of its components.

Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2015. Evaluation of protective effect of cactus pear seed oil (Opuntia ficus-indica against alloxan-induced diabetes in mice.

Q. I saw this Litramine supplement on the Dr. OZ show and have been searching online trying to research it and find out where to buy it. There wasn't a lot online about supplements containing Litramine as an ingredient. Can you elaborate on this supplement and any products that you or your staff are familiar with this ingredient in them at the rate of 100% Litramine. I'm not fat, am healthy but with just a little too much pinch in the middle fat in my stomach.
   A. Litramine is a proprietary and patented natural fibre complex derived mainly from Opuntia ficus-indica, and enriched with additional soluble fibres from Acacia species.