Prickly Pear Juice Extract: Drink the 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 after celebrating. Many people don’t realize the severity of these possible effects including productivity loss, a greater chance of accidents, and sleep deprivation. Fortunately, the cactus extract inside of RESQWATER (and other ingredients) can help mitigate those issues - here’s how.

Clinically Supported Results

Prickly pear extract has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the symptoms from celebration recovery, 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)

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 celebrating.  

Prickly Pear and Alcohol: Other Benefits

Organic Prickly Pear Extract can help protect against 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 while alcohol is being broken down. 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.