A Wonder Plant; Cactus Pear: Emerging Nutraceutical and Functional Food
Since ages, cactus bears colorful flowers and fruits yet because of its thorny nature it was always looked with suspension. In recent time an increased interest in its health improving capacity has been registered. Its protective spectrum include; anticancer, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic, neurological and cardiovascular actions. On functional food and nutraceutical front, it is good source of fiber, minerals rich juice and edible pulp. While to look it’s “inside” actions, it is interesting to observe high concentration of taurine which has protective effect in organs dysfunctions and is involve in “host defense”. It seems that taurine is major contributor to beneficial properties of cactus pear.