When you think of a cactus, you don’t think of it as something edible. But despite that, it actually has many nutritious benefits when the proper parts of the plant are used in supplementation. One such ingredient in diet pills is Nopal, a member of the prickly pear cactus family that is notably found in the diet supplement PhenQ (one of our top recommended brands).
Continue reading to find out why this cactus plant is widely used in diet supplementation and why it can help you achieve your body goals.
Nopal and Weight Loss
Found in the Southwestern United States and Mexico most prominently, this plant can be purchased as a standalone supplement or as an active ingredient in many diet pills. Nopal contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals, notably Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C. It also contains potassium, sodium, iron, calcium, magnesium as well as 18 amino acids all of which are essential in your daily diet. On top of that, it is also high in fiber to support digestive health.
The reason why this ingredient is so effective in weight loss is primarily due to its fiber content. Besides helping to break down and excrete fat and aid in your digestive processes, consuming high fiber foods and supplements also make you feel full quicker. When you are not as full, you have less tendency to overeat or snack.
The amino acids in Nopal also work in the circulatory process of your body. They can pull fluids back from your tissues and into the bloodstream, which helps reduce fluid retention and decreases the amount of cellulite that litters the epidermis.
On top of all that, the amino acids also provide you with a boost of energy and prevent fatigue. This is particularly helpful when sticking to any exercise routine like those described here (an important component of any weight loss plan, combined with diet and nutrition). Nopal lowers your blood sugar levels by regulating insulin, helping to move glucose through your body to be used as energy. In effect, it raises your body’s metabolism, helping you to be more active and burning fat.
Where to Find Nopal
While it can be found as a standalone supplement, most commonly it is used as an active ingredient in diet pills. When it comes to diet pills that contain this ingredient, our top choice is PhenQ, one of the best on the market which you can read about in our review here.