Mar 19, 2021
Cactus (scientific name: Opuntiastricta (Haw.) Haw. var.dillenii (Ker-Gawl.) Benson) is a plant of the genus Opuntia. Also known as Celestial Palm, Guanyin Palm, Bawang, Fire Palm, etc., it belongs to the cactus family. Cactus is a cluster of succulent shrubs with broad obovate, obovate elliptic or nearly round branches on the upper part; the flower is radial and the receptacle is obovate; the seeds are mostly oblate, with slightly irregular edges, hairless, and yellowish brown. Cactus likes strong sunlight, is resistant to heat, drought, barrenness, and has strong vitality. The optimum temperature for growth is 20-30°C. Mainly distributed in tropical and subtropical arid regions such as the southern and southeastern coastal areas of the United States, the West Indies, Bermuda, northern South America, southern China and Southeast Asia.
Cactus extract active ingredients
Stems and leaves contain triterpenes, malic acid and succinic acid. The ash contains 24% potassium carbonate.
Pharmacological effects of cactus extract
1. Weight loss: cactus contains a substance called propylene glycol, which can affect fat
Growth has an inhibitory effect; cactus contains triterpene saponins, which are essential substances for the human body. They can directly regulate the body’s secretory function and regulate the activity of lipase, promote the rapid decomposition of excess fat, and can effectively prevent the absorption of fat in the intestines , Inhibit the synthesis of fat in the liver, resist the deposition of cholesterol on the inner wall of blood vessels, and gradually reduce weight. Not only does it not damage the vitality, but instead supplements nutrients and increases the body's energy; malic acid is a digestive and stomachic, and can promote gastrointestinal peristalsis, thus playing a laxative function.
2. Hypoglycemic effect: Cactus contains a variety of flavonoids, such as quercetin-3-glucoside, etc., which have obvious hypoglycemic effect and can effectively improve the glucose metabolism of patients with type II diabetes. Cactus extract contains a substance called propylene glycol, which can inhibit the growth of fat. Cactus also contains a variety of flavonoids, which have a significant effect on lowering blood sugar and can effectively improve the glucose metabolism of patients with type II diabetes.
3. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects: Cactus has inhibitory effects on Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus, Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, and Bacillus cereus.
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