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Review Summary
Nature’s Sunshine markets Nopal as a prickly pear based dietary and weight loss supplement that has a multitude of benefits. Nature’s Sunshine claims that Nopal may assist in curbing appetite, improving mood, regulating cholesterol, preventing excess fat and sugar from being absorbed, and balancing blood sugar levels. This is quite an ambitious list of purported benefits for a supplement that is priced at only $9.95 per bottle, far below most other leading products on the market.

While prickly pear has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, it has only recently undergone serious scientific investigation. While some of the claims of the manufacturers of Nopal have been verified by modern science, some of them have not.

Ingredients At A Glance
Nature’s Sunshine’s Nopal contains s single active ingredient, Nopal Leaf. Each serving, or two capsules, contains 800mg of Nopal Leaf. Other inactive ingredients that compose the capsule are plant fiber, gelatin, and water. Notice that Hoodia is not included in the list of ingredients, which may be a detriment for someone looking to control their appetite.

Ingredients In Focus
Nopal Leaf is a prickly pear cactus native to Mexico, the desert American southwest . Native Indian tribes in Mexico have used the plant for thousands of years in traditional medicine ceremonies and healing rituals. In the last twenty years modern science has turned its eyes toward investigating the attributes of the prickly pear cactus, and it is now grown commercially in Europe and North America for sale as a dietary supplement.

Prickly pear has been to shown to contain high amounts of flavanoids and to act as an effective antioxidizing agent, helping to protect some cells and organs. It has also been shown to assist in recovery from muscle soreness. It has not at this time, however, been definitively proven to cur appetite, prevent fat storage, or improve mood. These functions, therefore, are likely to be lacking from this Nopal weight loss supplement.

Diet Lifestyle
Dieters are constantly looking for a supplement that allows one to achieve drastic weight loss without drastic lifestyle changes. Nopal must be taken three times per day, two pills at a time for a total of six capsules per day. While this is not necessarily a drastic lifestyle change, the number of pills that must be consumed on a daily basis is somewhat on the high end. Other more well rounded supplements often require the dieter to consume fewer capsules, with potentially greater weight loss results.

Positives
• Appears to be free of unwanted side effects
• Extremely cheap with a bottle starting at $9.99
• 30-day money back guarantee


Negatives
• May be one dimensional with the absence of Hoodia and a fat burning component
• It seems this product has not been well received by many consumers, as a number of them are voicing their concerns on consumer blogs and forums. Interested consumers can click here to read more about these issues in this Nopal blog.
• Banned in California
• Limited consumer information options


Final Thoughts
Nature’s Sunshine’s Nopal may be an effective way of blocking absorption of some starchy carbohydrates into the body. In turn, this may assist in the absorption and storage of fat. These are the potential benefits of Nopal.

However, these are the only potential benefits of Nopal as it does not include an appetite suppressant such as Hoodia or a fat burner such as Advantra-Z®. Perhaps the extremely low cost of $9.99 is justified because it seems to lack so many components of an effective weigh loss supplement. When considering the importance of one’s health, bargain shopping may not be the best approach and one may be netter advised to find a more complete supplement.

 

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