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Prickly Pear Hangover Benefits

Organic prickly pear cactus water (Opuntia ficus indica, nopal) plays a key role in the RESQWATER formula.  One benefit of this superfruit is its proven effectiveness for helping the body recover from alcohol-induced hangovers. Many people don’t realize the severity of hangover effects including productivity loss, a greater chance of accidents, and sleep deprivation. Fortunately, the cactus extract inside of RESQWATER (and other ingredients) can help your body mitigate those issues - here’s how.

Clinically Supported Results

Prickly pear extract has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the symptoms of hangovers, especially nausea. A study done by Tulane Health Sciences Center had 55 young adults take 1600 IU of OFI (Opuntia ficus indica) before drinking a variety of liquor for several hours. They recorded biosamples and observed symptoms on a graded index.  

The study found three symptoms reduced by an average of 2.7 points (on a scale of 0-6).

  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Anorexia (loss of appetite)

Furthermore, the risk of an enduring a severe hangover reduced by half. The test subjects also had lower levels of C-reactive protein, which is produced by the liver and linked to inflammation.

All of these results indicated prickly pear extract is effective in reducing the effects of hangovers.  

Prickly Pear and Alcohol: Other Benefits

Organic Prickly Pear Extract also protects your body from the potential long-term effects of alcohol. As your body tries to break down alcohol, it inevitably produces free-radicals that can damage your cells. OPI acts as an antioxidant, protecting proteins and lipids from damage when your body breaks down alcohol. It’s also been known to support:

  • Digestive Health
  • Immunity Support

The anti-inflammatory effects of prickly pear cactus are also well known.

Not surprisingly, athletes have turned to prickly pear cactus to get more energy in the gym, to reduce post-exercise muscle soreness, to speed recovery and to reduce the chances of getting DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).  Prickly pear extract has proven remarkably useful as an ergogenic recovery aide.



what the people have to say

Whether it’s for working out, leisure or recovery, RESQWATER is my go-to drink for my busy life. 

Shane S.

I like the taste of it and it helps with recovery

Matt Skura, Center for the Baltimore Ravens

I think it saved me at my brother’s wedding” (and) “I’ve tried a few after hard workouts and I wasn’t sore the next day. 

Ryan T.

As a leader in Sport Performance Training, we at XPE Sports are constantly working to provide our athletes with an edge.  We have utilized RESQWATER with our athletes when they may need additional boost of energy or assist in the recovery process.  

Bill W. XPE Sports

“Seemed like it worked well as a pre-hydrator or post hydrator for short workouts”

Jake B.

Your product allows us to keep hydrated whether we are in the tropics, a long weekend wine tasting or out playing golf.  We always take a few bottles with us even when we are traveling on business trips… 

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