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Opuntia ficus (generic name)

treats Hyperlipidemia, Alcohol-induced hangover, and Diabetes
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This information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature, and was peer-reviewed and edited by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration ( Idy Chu, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Julie Conquer, PhD (RGB Consulting); Sayuri Fujita, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Nicole Giese, MS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Faisal Khanzada, PharmD (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); Elizabeth Poole, PharmD (Drug Information Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy); Amy Heck Sheenan, PharmD (Purdue University); Shaina Tanguay-Colucci, BS (Natural Standard Research Collaboration); Wendy Weissner, BA (Natural Standard Research Collaboration).


DISCLAIMER: Natural Standard developed the above evidence-based information based on a thorough systematic review of the available scientific articles. For comprehensive information about alternative and complementary therapies on the professional level, go to Selected references are listed below.

Ahmed MS, El Tanbouly ND, Islam WT, et al. Antiinflammatory flavonoids from Opuntia dillenii (Ker-Gawl) Haw. flowers growing in Egypt. Phytother Res 2005;19(9):807-809.

Aires V, Adote S, Hichami A, et al. Modulation of intracellular calcium concentrations and T cell activation by prickly pear polyphenols. Mol.Cell Biochem. 2004;260(1-2):103-110.

Cho JY, Park SC, Kim TW, et al. Radical scavenging and anti-inflammatory activity of extracts from Opuntia humifusa Raf. J Pharm Pharmacol 2006;58(1):113-119.

Ennouri M, Fetoui H, Bourret E, et al. Evaluation of some biological parameters of Opuntia ficus indica. 1. Influence of a seed oil supplemented diet on rats. Bioresour.Technol. 2006;97(12):1382-1386.

Ennouri M, Fetoui H, Bourret E, et al. Evaluation of some biological parameters of Opuntia ficus indica. 2. Influence of seed supplemented diet on rats. Bioresour.Technol. 2006;97(16):2136-2140.

Faldmo D, Stephan M, Boyd ST, et al. Dietary cactus reduces blood glucose levels in a Hispanic man. JAAPA. 2004;17(11):35-36.

Galati EM, Mondello MR, Lauriano ER, et al. Opuntia ficus indica (L.) Mill. fruit juice protects liver from carbon tetrachloride-induced injury. Phytother Res 2005;19(9):796-800.

Habibi Y, Heyraud A, Mahrouz M, et al. Structural features of pectic polysaccharides from the skin of Opuntia ficus-indica prickly pear fruits. Carbohydr.Res 4-28-2004;339(6):1119-1127.

Kim JH, Park SM, Ha HJ, et al. Opuntia ficus-indica attenuates neuronal injury in in vitro and in vivo models of cerebral ischemia. J Ethnopharmacol. 3-8-2006;104(1-2):257-262.

Li CY, Cheng XS, Cui MZ, et al. [Regulative effect of Opuntia powder on blood lipids in rats and its mechanism]. Zhongguo Zhong.Yao Za Zhi. 2005;30(9):694-696.

Pittler MH, Verster JC, Ernst E. Interventions for preventing or treating alcohol hangover: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ 12-24-2005;331(7531):1515-1518.

Qiu YK, Dou DQ, Pei YP, et al. [Study on chemical constituents from Opuntia dillenii]. Zhongguo Zhong.Yao Za Zhi. 2005;30(23):1824-1826.

Saleem R, Ahmad M, Azmat A, et al. Hypotensive activity, toxicology and histopathology of opuntioside-I and methanolic extract of Opuntia dillenii. Biol Pharm Bull 2005;28(10):1844-1851.

Tesoriere L, Butera D, Pintaudi AM, et al. Supplementation with cactus pear (Opuntia ficus-indica) fruit decreases oxidative stress in healthy humans: a comparative study with vitamin C. Am.J.Clin.Nutr. 2004;80(2):391-395.

Yoon HJ, Won CH, Moon SE. Allergic contact dermatitis due to Opuntia ficus-indica var. saboten. Contact Dermatitis 2004;51(5-6):311-312.

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