Prickly pear cactus might lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels by reducing how much the stomach absorbs.
People most commonly use prickly pear cactus for diabetes. It is also used for enlarged prostate, hangover, high cholesterol, and many other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
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Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if prickly pear cactus is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Surgery: Prickly pear cactus might affect blood sugar levels, making blood sugar control difficult during and after surgery. Stop using prickly pear cactus at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS
Prickly pear cactus might lower blood sugar levels. Taking prickly pear cactus along with diabetes medications might cause blood sugar to drop too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely.
Be cautious with this combination
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