Nopalea: Magic desert juice or clever marketing?

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It was just a matter of time before Nopalea (pronounced “NO-pay-lee-uh” fancy name for prickly pear cactus), would be unveiled as the world’s next super ingredient in the world of Multi-Level-Marketing…

It will cure… well, according to their marketing materials… just about anything. The mechanism is by cooling off our inflammation, hey who doesn’t want that?

Is Nopalea this century’s greatest health discovery or just another magical waste of your money? Let’s sniff it out!

The Claims

The Real Deal

Betalains in prickly pear figs (nopalea) have the ability to reduce inflammation and thus improve health. While betalains are beneficial (they inhibit a pro-inflammation enzyme called cyclooxygenase enzymes), it is unlikely that the proprietary blend has enough of these guys to reduce chronic inflammation. More on this below…
Betalains are rare phytochemicals found in only a few plants… ergo, we are all running around deficient of this “vital” nutrient… Betalains are found in the following plants:- Red & yellow beets
– Swiss chard
– Rhubarb
– Cactus fruits
– Spinach
– Amaranth
– Quinoa

So, maybe these aren’t all on a typical Western diet (but they could be)… I’m just sayin’… they ain’t exactly rare!

Each serving contains over 900 grams of their magnificent proprietary blend… 900 GRAMS??? In 1 ounce (2 Tablespoons)? An ounce of water weighs approximately 29 grams… Is this a typo, a lie or does this hound dog need a refresher course on measurements???? I’ve emailed them… we’ll find out.
Great opportunity to make money… Can you say MLM? Yup… multi-level marketing!


Is Nopalea Something Special?

Listen, I’m not doggin’ this company completely. I mean, they are partially correct about phytochemicals having anti-inflammatory properties… they also have antioxidant properties and hundreds of other beneficial health boosters.

BUT, they are contained naturally in all plants and really, a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains is what you need. You can’t focus in on one phytochemical because they ALL work together to optimize health.

As mentioned above, I have to figure out how they got over 900 grams crammed into 2 tablespoons… this HAS to be a misprint. More importantly, because it is a proprietary blend… we have no way of knowing how much cactus is in this stuff!

Bottom line… Their proprietary blend does look healthy, BUT, it just isn’t enough to change your life the way they make it sound.

Expensive Juice…

At around $49 a bottle (32 servings) and a recommended 1-3 servings a day… this could cost you well over $100 a month. Unless of course you join the MLM and bug your friends and family to get into your… “Downline”…

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  1. Hi, I was just looking into a product I seen on an ifomercial last night called Nopalea and have stumbled upon this blog site. WOW, I didn’t realize how many people were out there in as much or more pain than me from similar conditions as me.
    I have Fibromyalgia, Osteo Arthritis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Gout, Atrial Fibulation and also suffer mainly on my arms from what has been diagnosed after having biopsies, Ulcers of an Unspecified Origin. The Othopedic surgeon has said I need a knee replacement on my right knee and the left on is just about needing replacement. However, due to my weight and poor circlualtion in my lower limbs I am not a good candidate for the surgery.

    I have tried everything, everytime I see something new advertised I try it if I can rake up the money as I have been so desperate for relief.
    I have been dieting for over six months and haven’t been able to loose any weigh and find that due to fluid retention I tend to put weight on now and again and have to increase the fluid tablets. At the present time I am no longer allowed to take Anti-Inflammitory Meds due to allergies, so my only way of dealing with the pain is pretty heavy Pain Meds constantly. I am so sick of having to take these drugs all the time and suffer doubts of depression where I wonder is it all worth what I’m going through.. Then I think of my sister and my 2 children and their partners and my 11 grandchildren and know that I couldn’t give up because of them and how devistated they would be if I didn’t keep trying.
    My sister has been a wonderful support in that she has spent about a month or more researching foods and their benefical qualities with regards to my conditions and has written up a menu plan for a 3 week period, each day I have a couple of choices for each meal and she has also written recipes for whole food type meals.
    So now I eat only all natural foods, nothing processed and I have been doing this religiously now for just over 2 weeks and have lost my 1st, 3.7 kilos in that fortnight. So far the pain hasn’t really eased off although some days are better than others. I can hardly walk around my unit and when I do have to go shopping I can barely finish it and have to have my sister and her friend help me with the balance and going through the checkouts as I can’t continue to stand. The next day I am in agony just from having to do a little shopping. so these days I rarely go anywhere unless one of my kids come up for the day or the weekend. They live about an hour away.
    I have also been drinking ECHO water for the last 2 months and hope that that will help with the acidity levels in my body as it is suppose to balance your PH levels which could be the cause of some of the inflammation.
    All or most of my meals include things such as Tumeric Powder, Fresh Garlic & Ginger, Chilli Powder, along with many other herbs and spices with all Fresh Fruit and Veg and only a little red meat, mainly chicken and fish with some eggs. So now we wait and see how it all goes. I will come back to this site an a month and post results I’ve had so far.

    • Dear Christine,
      I found, over much trial and error, that a lot of my pain was caused by an over acidic system so I started using a vinegar drink that alkalizes my system and it works very well for me. Thought I’d share: In an 8 oz. glass, I use about 1 tsp. honey and add warm water to dissolve it. Then I add a good size teaspoon of Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (raw and unfiltered), stir that and then add some nice, cold water and there ya go. You can drink a couple of these a day if you want and you can also adjust the honey or use a sugar substitute. If you decide to give this a try, I hope you have the success I have.

      • Dear E. K. Leslie,
        Have you tried figs for more alkaline. I found this 2 to 3 yrs ago. surfing the web. There was this table of comparison on which food produces more alkaline and acids. It also says that our body must have a ratio of 80/20 (80 alkali/20 acid) or else our overall health will not be good to over acidity. The table said figs are the most alkaline producing followed only by raisins and other vegetables such as spinach. I have been on 3 to 4 figs a day ever since and do not take anti acids anymore. Sounds funny but after suffering from heartburn for so long I say Im glad I tried it.
        The table of comparison is easy to find online

      • I have to take an acid reflux medicine each day or the pain sucks. Thanks for the tip I will be looking into it more online. I have tried everything to get off these pills I am not a bit pill person.


  2. I found the product in pill form cheaper and ordered for my husband and myself, he has had great results in a matter of days, I have not but only have been taking it a few weeks and even online they say to take it for at least a month at anyrate we try to eat healthy and try to be sensible with our monry there are places that sell the same product much cheaper it is just in pill form not in the liquid which is so expensive.

  3. It is, in my opinion a scam. They had a money back if it didn’t work offer and needless to say despite repeated efforts I never got my money back.

  4. Henry… Thanks for being there/here…I just found you. As someone who has suffered many years with sorts of weird ailments, fatigue and weight issues, it is reassuring to know I am not alone!

    Myself and three of my siblings have been diagnosed with Celiac Sprue disease. It is unfortunate that it took the medical community over forty years to ascertain the cause of many of our problems… which it seems is genetic!

    Nevertheless, it seems that America is way behind in some areas of medicine than are our counterparts across the pond!

    Also, I wanted to point out that many ‘inflammatory” issues can be caused by undiagnosed food sensitivities and/or allergies, thyroid disease, skin rashes, etc…. many or all of which may be connected to undiagnosed celiac/gluten issues. It appears, to me, that there are still many missing links being addressed by the medical community, FDA, etc.

    Anyway, thanks for being here!

  5. HI!

    I just saw the program of the Nopalea Cactus Juice for the first time today on channel 221. This is amazing! I have the Prickly Pear Cactus growing in my yard. The prickly pear cactus has been in my family for decades. It is my favorite cactus! Now I am finding out that the fruit of this miracle plant can heal. I feel so blessed. How about a prickly pear fruit salad?

  6. If this is such a wonder product, I am sure the major drugs companies would be selling a derivitive by now. They are brilliant at finding lucrative markets for their products. Have they shown any interest? No? Enough said.
    Cari, Oban Scotland

    • Quite true. That is the question to ask. Most of this stuff is pure marketing B.S. There is a shred of scientific basis and they exploit it well beyond the functionality of what is actually in the product.

    • I disagree. There are many remedies out there that seem to work, and are passed down thru generations, and drug companies and dr.s don’t care at all. They are focused on drugs, treating only the symptoms, and keeping you on something that you have to take forever, in my opinion.

  7. After 2 knee scopes, and sounding like a firecracker everytime I got up I tired Nopalea.., I mystery admit 3 oz was a bit much on my gut but went to 1 oz a day and by the 3rd bottle it felt like my rt knee had been oiled up.

    I also have graves disease and last blood work vitamin d level was 16.8 norml limit 30-100, so I have bought their vitamin d supplement let’s see.

    Remember we are all different so what works for me might not work for u….there are different big pharma companies selling different pills right? What’s the difference?

  8. Hi, i hv been suffering from pain for 10years on my knee after a knee operation that did not help…I hv tried all types of pain killers n drugs to ease the pain…A friend recommended Nopolea….I hv nothing to lose n will try any kind advice given to me…I just finished 4bottles of Nopalea n starting my 5th bottle. I am so happy that the pain which is usually90% has now reduced to abt 50%. I don’t expect dramatic miracles but very glad that the pain has reduced and I can walk further n better everyday…It means a lot to me n I do encourage anyone which such pain to try….it can help you n you realise the amount you paid for the Nopalea is nothing compared to the relief you get…you just feel so happy…

  9. There is nothing in this world that will help everybody or EVERYBODY the same. It may work wonders for one person and nothing for the other. It may work one for hubby and nil for you. It depends on your body. Yes there are scams out there BUT if you do your research you should be ok. Good luck to all. PRAYING for your healing..


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