Nopalea, a cactus native to the Southwest and Mexico known for its bright red fruit and paddle-like leaves, has become a prickly issue for consumer health advocates attempting to separate marketing fact from fiction.
Commonly known as the prickly pear cactus, multi-level marketers are packaging up and selling the antioxidant-rich Nopalea on line as a panacea for everything from reducing free radicals to anti-aging, anti-inflammation and weight loss.
“Nobody is disputing that Nopalea isn’t a very good source for antioxidants, but so are many other food that people can enjoy any time without having to shell out big bucks for slickly marketed packaging,” says Healthhound.org, a leading on line consumer health destination. “Our concern is that some multi-level marketers are claiming that these natural ingredients are not only in extremely short supply, but found almost exclusively in Nopalea.
According to healthhound.org, this is simply not the case. “The fact is that the same type of antioxidants are found in spinach, rhubarb, swiss chard, red and yellow beets and a host of other fruits and vegetables.”
Dosage is another concern of the watchdog website.
“One Nopalea marketer claims its product contains 900 grams of antioxidants in only two liquid teaspoons. We’d love to know how that’s even possible, but at best… they’re using very fuzzy math. As a result we’re warning people ‘buyer beware’ when it comes to this, and other multi-level marketers selling products that have jumped on the Nopalea bandwagon.”
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