Nopalea At A Glance
Let’s consider Nopalea‘s Claims and cost/serving.
Then you’ll know if Nopalea‘s friend or foe.
First challenge is the Nopalea site has very little info. Nopalea is an MLM, so I resorted to reading a Nopalea distributor’s site just to find a list of Nopalea ingredients.
This is a very bad sign. Nopalea should list their ingredients on the front page. Hopefully they’ll change this soon.
Claims from the company Website + 4 Pack Sales Page include:
- Reduces Inflammation
- Detoxify – Betalains Draining Cell Toxins
- Achieve Optimum Cellular Health
- Nopalea is Preservative Free
- Reduces Aches & Pains
- Improves Breathing
- Relieves Swollen, Painful Joints & Muscles
- Cost is nearly $1/oz. (4 Pack Purchase @ $120.00)
Nopalea centers it’s claims around reducing inflammation via Betalains derived from Nopal Cactus.
We’ll focus on these two areas.
Inflammation is the dilation (expansion) of fluid passages and tissues, as a response to irritation, in an attempt to flood the area with additional water, oxygen and nutrients to neutralize the irritant.
The most apparent irritation situation is an cut, where tissue reddens and swells as healing accelerates in the area.
Nopalea is addressing low-grade, chronic (long term) inflammation internal to fluid passages, organs and tissue.
There are several primary sources of chronic, internal inflammation…
- Blood Gases
- CICs (Circulating Immune Complexes)
- DNA Mutations
- Free Radical Damage
Weight Loss 101 – Weight Loss Versus Inch Loss goes into great detail about Blood Gases.
In short, as Blood Gases build up, swelling occurs.
CICs (Circulating Immune Complexes)
CICs is a $100 word Doctors made up to fill you with shock and awe.
CICs are just partially digested food. These food particles circulate primarily in blood, secondarily in lymph fluid.
CICs are toxic sludge which occurs when your primary digestive system is unable to process what you’re eating.
As cells divide and multiply, replicative fading can occur.
This means slight DNA (blueprint) errors are passed along to each new generation of cells. Consider building a skyscraper. Imagine as each floor is finishes, that floors workers pass along a set of blueprints + resources for the next floor to be built.
If each passed along blueprint has slight errors, it’s only a matter of time before a floor caves in, collapsing the entire building.
In cell terms we call this Cancer.
This is one factor contributing to DNA Mutation. Free Radicals simply cause internal oxidation or rust or aging.
The Betalains Gimmick
Gimmick is a strong word. It’s true Betalains are one aid in reducing inflammation. Gimmick is Betalains occur in all sorts of fresh produce – beets, spinach, kale, chard – most produces with large green leaves.
Several Marketers are claiming Nopalea contains 900 grams/serving of it proprietary blend. Since 1oz. of water weights around 30 grams… well… we’re talking Star Trek Tech to fold space time to get 900 grams of anything into an area which only allows for 30 grams of weight.
A very neat trick indeed!
The Botton Line
Low grade, chronic inflammation is a result of life habits.
Best to fix this via groceries, rather than remedials (pills, potions, powders).
The only Magic Bullet to reverse inflammation is upgrading life habits, especially what you’re eating.