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Indian fig opuntia (Opuntia ficus indica)

oczarnspConsidered as a sacred herb by the Aztec, the Indian fig opuntia cactus is also a valued plant species today which is used in phytotherapy.

What does the opuntia look like and where does it come from?

The Indian fig opuntia originates from Mexico and today it is cultivated in many countries of Southern Europe. We can imagine how it looks like by recalling the widespread representation of cacti. It has thick, hairy leaves with spikes. It is adapted to inhabit areas with difficult access to water, which results in its characteristic constitution. The fruits grow round at first and become elongated later. The colour of opuntia fruits may vary from yellow and orange to red. They have many seeds and are covered by small protrusions on the outside.

Active ingredient contents in the opuntia

The Indian fig opuntia is a valuable source of dietary fibre, vitamin C, calcium and phosphorus.

Use of the opuntia extract

The opuntia has a wide industrial use. It is currently an ingredient of slimming formulas (like the HerbaTon dietary supplement), and the native folklore has it as a plant for skin compresses, or poultices. The food processing industry uses it for preserves and juice. The opuntia fruits are sometimes used as a sweet addition to meals. The opuntia is also used for the production of industrial dyes, albeit indirectly. It is the parasite on the plant that are processed into carmine dye. The opuntia is also processed into adhesives and cosmetic formulas (for toning and moisturising creams).

The Indian fig opuntia fibre

The lipophilic fibre (based on NeOputnia, a patented extract from the Indian fig opuntia) is characterised by the ability to bind and eliminate fats. This capacity is caused by the dietary fibres that the opuntia contains. The fibres irreversibly bind a part of the fat intake of the intestinal tract (also in the stomach). The resulting NeOpuntia-lipids complex is a gel. The gel structure prevents further digestion of the fat followed by its intake by blood. This means that consumed fat cannot accumulate in the body resulting in unwanted folds or side fat.

The extract of the opuntia (in the HerbaTon preparation) can significantly inhibit the intake of fats delivered with food. This can reduce the calories of any food type you eat. As a consequence, you can eat what you like and prevent becoming overweight or obese at the same time.

Only HerbaTon features the patented extract of the fig opuntia called NeOpuntia. The extract has a food-contained fat binding capacity established in numerous tests at 28% of the concentration (TNO test of 2001 and 2005, pilot trial at CERN, complementary trial titled "Vitamins soluble in fats and fatty acids").

How do you take the opuntia extract?

Take HerbaTon 15 to 60 minutes after a meal. The regular recommended daily dosage is four or six capsules with each two taken simultaneously shortly after two or three main meals of the day. Always wash down the capsules with water.

The manufacturer recommends an interval of two hours between HerbaTon and any vitamin preparations or preparations with omega acids. This is critical due to the solubility of vitamin A, D, E and K in fats, as well as because omega acids originate from fats.

What effects can be expected by administration of the opuntia extract?

Stosując preparat na bazie wyciągu z opuncji figowej, zgodnie ze schematem dawkowania, możemy spodziewać się spadku masy ciała, poprawy jego wyglądu i jędrności If the opuntia extract based preparation is taken according to the recommended dosage, expect a drop in body weight, improved body appearance and suppleness of the skin, resulting in better self-esteem and mood. The effect of limited fat absorption with the opuntia extract can be enhanced by modifying the diet (i.e. introducing a low-fat diet) and increasing your physical exercise.

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