You’ve most likely heard it’s important to keep an eye on your blood sugar. It’s a hot topic for good reason. A high level of blood sugar can lead to type 2 diabetes; it can also damage blood vessels and cause heart disease.

The good news is that high blood sugar is a condition that can be treated. One effective and natural treatment is gaining notice: nopal (prickly pear cactus).

Indiginous cultures have used nopal for food and herbal remedies for hundreds of years. Research is now proving that nopal, while delicious with eggs or meat, has benefits that go far beyond your taste buds. It can also help regulate your blood sugar.

One study found that supplementing with nopal for only 8 weeks helped people reduce their overall blood sugar and insulin levels by 11%.

In other studies the benefits of nopal can be seen very quickly. One study of people with type 2 diabetes found that blood sugar levels were significantly lower within hours of consuming nopal. Additionally, another study showed a 40% decrease in blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes 2 hours after supplementing with nopal.

Even people without diabetes can benefit from nopal. Researchers found that people who consumed nopal showed a slower increase in blood sugar after eating.

A well-regulated level of blood sugar is one pillar supporting our overall health and preventing chronic disease. Luckily for us, eating is part of the solution!

Next time you make tacos or a salad, choose nopal. You’ll satisfy your hunger and boost your health at the same time.

Let’s get healthier, together,

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