Nopal is predominantly found in Mexico. It is said to be one of the best natural remedy to treat diabetes. It has always been used in traditional Mexican medicine to treat the people of mexico. Researches in Mexico found that when the nopal stems were given to patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes, they saw a HUGE decrease in their blood sugar levels. Furthermore, it is proved that taking 250mg of nopal daily will help decreased LDL cholestrol levels as well as the total cholesterol. Besides the stem, the fruit and other parts of the cactus can also be eaten.
For some people with diabetes, this prickly pear cactus can even replace blood sugar drugs completely! One big advantage is that having the cactus would result in NO side effects such as liver damage as compared to prescribed drugs. It has been proved to be so good that it is now commercially grown in some parts in California. This might be a tad too controversial but it has been said the the Big Pharma do not want the public to find out about nopal as it can possibly cost them money into the millions from drugs! In addition, doctors might not know about nopal as well because they were never taught in school about such herbs.