Most Beauty Mavens know about the Incredible Benefits of the Great Aloe plant leaf. Few Beauty experts know about an even better wonder fruit…the Prickly Pear.
The Prickly Pear is a Cactus-born fruit Originated from Mexico, and its also been found in the Southwest of America. Though this plant has an initially intimidating appearance, its reddish orange flower bulbs are both beautiful and edible. This sturdy plant can thrive in various areas, even in droughts, and is tolerant of different types of soils, temperatures, and moisture levels.
Though not as well known as other super foods, Prickly Pear has incredible health and beauty benefits that any skincare expert can appreciate. Here are some of the benefits of the amazing fruit:
- Prickly Pear can be eaten raw, boiled, or grilled. It’s also often used in juice and jams.
- According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, preliminary studies have shown that the consumption of prickly pear extract may decrease blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
- Research also shows that eating this fruit can actually help curb a hangover.
- Prickly Pears are full of essential dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants
Prickly Pear seeds also reduce dark circles, signs of aging as well as softens your skin. Each small seed is approximately 5% oil, almost 60 lbs. of seeds must be used in order to extract just 34 oz. of oil. Additionally, this plant’s oil is known as an excellent deep conditioning treatment, making hair extra glossy and shiny.
Wow! Sounds like a Beauty Wonder to me! Next time you’re out shopping at Whole Foods, make sure to find “Prickly Pear” in that healthy Juice you want to buy. One option that I know tastes delicious is Frusante, Available here.
Are you going to try this incredible fruit?