Cactus – Benefits

March 5, 2019 By admin

Cactus – Benefits

As recorded in the Compendium of Materia Medica (本草纲目), it was mentioned that cactus are mild and cold, and it functions as a qi and activating blood, relieving pain and swelling, clearing away heat and detoxification. In the older days, people use cactus to treat parotid glands.

garnier cactus

Modern medical research has found that cactus has heat-clearing, detoxification, bacteriostasis and anti-inflammatory effects. The thick fleshy stem of cactus is rich in protein, minerals, cellulose, vitamin C and other active ingredients such as SOD, flavonoids and polysaccharides. The actual chemical composition of the stem of Cactus is 85%-90% water content, 5%-12% crude protein content in dry matter, 62%-76% digestible dry matter and 2%~6% carbohydrate content. Cactus fruit is rich in glucose and fructose, 6% – 8% (dry weight), while protein content is low, 3.2% – 5% (dry weight), and also rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and other minerals and Vc.

Cactus is rich in amino acids, superoxide dismutase (SOD), polysaccharides and other chemical ingredients are active ingredients with nourishing effect on the skin, and its rich vitamin C has the ability to scavenge and inhibit free radicals, which is very suitable for cosmetic applications.

As such, Cactus is gaining its popularity in the making of cosmetics, as well as medical supplements in recent years.

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