NeOpuntia description Neopuntia is an extract of the Opuntia ficus-indica (nopal) cactus which is shaped like a tree and is up to five meters tall, but unlike it is filled with white thorns, well planted and vary in length from one to two centimeters. The leaves of this cactus have the appearance of snowshoes, they are flattened twigs forty centimeters long, twenty-five wide and about three centimeters thick. At the base of its rackets are the flowers of Opuntia ficus-indica of yellow-orange hue. The fruit of Opuntia ficus-indica looks like a fleshy berry of yellow, red or white color depending on the variety and contains a significant number of seeds.
Opuntia ficus-indica 'NeOpuntia' cultivation
Opuntia ficus-indica (nopal) originated in Mexico hundreds of years ago, and is now cultivated in many countries, in Algeria and Morocco, Tunisia and South Africa. , Greece and Italy, Israel, Turkey and Portugal. The particularity of this cactus is that it easily acclimates to extreme drought conditions, it appreciates hot and sunny climates with drained soil, but preferably at neutral pH.
Opuntia ficus-indica (nopal) its composition
Opuntia ficus-indica combines dietary fiber as well as seventeen amino acids including eight essential amino acids. Vitamins and minerals are present in Opuntia ficus-indica along with vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and B3, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium, sodium and phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
NeOpuntia and its medicinal virtues
Neopuntia is a fat absorber, ideally used in slimming diets, and in slimming research, it has the ability to capture nearly 28% of the fats ingested and therefore limit their assimilation by the body and eliminate them by natural means. Numerous scientific and medicinal studies corroborate and certify the results of absorption of neopuntia, and of its indispensable help in the diets of weighted overloads and obesity and this in a total harmlessness. The benefits of neopuntia relate to the regulation of blood lipid parameters, which makes it beneficial for cholesterol, brings about a clear reduction in cardiovascular disorders and a favorable action on the metabolic syndrome (clinical and biological disorder increasing the risk of cardiovascular accidents ).
Opuntia ficus-indica other uses
This cactus is used in cosmetology in the composition of day cream, and after-sun, but also in anti-stretch mark cream. From these fruits we extract a very common dye, its mucilage, we obtain an adhesive and of course, it serves as an ornamental plant.