You’ve no doubt heard that antioxidants are important for your health. But what are antioxidants? What can they do for you? And should you be getting more of them in your diet?
Antioxidants are substances that protect and repair the cells of your body from damage by unstable particles called “free radicals." Many experts believe this damage plays a part in a number of chronic diseases. They may also help fight aging of the skin, including wrinkles and age spots.
There are many different antioxidants,...
Prickly pear cactus may also help prevent hangovers by reducing swelling. One study shows that taking prickly pear cactus supplement five hours before heavy drinking cuts hangover symptoms by 50%. People were less likely to have upset stomach and dry mouth. Binge drinking, however, is never safe or advised.
Prickly pear cactus is a folk remedy for many other conditions, ranging from sunburn to ulcers to preventing mosquito bites. Some people use it on the skin to soothe big bites. However, we don't know if these uses actually work.
There's no standard dose for prickly pear cactus for any condition. Quality and active ingredients in supplements may vary widely from maker to maker. This makes it very hard to set a standard dose. Ask your doctor for advice.
Can you get prickly pear cactus naturally from foods?
People eat prickly pear cactus in sautés, omelets, salads, and many other dishes. Raw, it tastes like watermelon. People also make it into:
As a food, it's very common in Mexico.
What are the risks?
Tell your doctor about any supplements you're taking, even if they're natural. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with medications.
Side effects. It's not known whether the supplement causes side effects.