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Plant fibre – a natural and safe aid to slimming

The beneficial effects of plant fibre on the digestive tract are well known and used to help slimming. It turns out that the fibre isolated from the stalks of the Indian opuntia fig (Opuntia ficus indica) and contained in the dietary supplement HerbaTon can further reduce the intake of fats from the digestive system by over 25 percent.

The plant of the Aztec

The Indian opuntia fig (Opuntia ficus indica) is a succulent fruit which occurs on arid lands and areas poor in water supply. The species comes from regions of Mexico, where, along with agave and corn, it has been known to native tribes for thousands of years. Its importance to the country is shown by the current national flag of Mexico, which features an eagle sitting atop an opuntia shrub. It depicts an Aztec legend concerning the founding of their capital, Tenochtitlan.
The Aztecs used various parts of the plant to manufacture medical mixtures, beverages, dyes, food and as an object for the practice of magic. According to codices which have survived, the Aztecs would eat raw opuntia fruits and used them to make a fermented brew known as 'pulque'. The medical use of the plant included the treatment of burns. The juice from roasted opuntia stalks is currently a traditional remedy for coughs, angina and pulmonary disorders, while the Mexicans apply crushed raw stalks to abscesses and fractures due to their softening and healing action. On the stalks of this cactus are a parasitic bugs used to produce the red dye (cochineal). During the period of American colonisation, the opuntia found use mainly as animal fodder. After the Spanish conquest, the Indian fig made it to Africa and Mediterranean Europe.

The wealth of opuntia components

The pulp and juice of the fruits and the pulp and slime of the stalks are used for medicinal purposes. Fresh opuntia fruits contain water, carbohydrates (up to 14%), proteins (0.5%) and fats (2%), as well as mineral compounds (including phosphates, calcium compounds and iron compounds) and vitamins (especially vitamin C). The proportions of the components resemble the energy drinks designed to replenish electrolytes in individuals exposed to great physical effort.
The opuntia stalks are also harvested and vacuum dried to preserve the properties of this material. The parenchyma of the cactus stalks contains over 35% edible fibres and approximately 20% insoluble fibres. The substance trademarked as NeOpuntia® used in the HerbaTon dietary supplement originates from Mediterranean cultures. It is a homogeneous light green powder with a total of over 45% of plant fibre (both soluble and insoluble).

How does the Indian fig fibre work?

The substance reduces the amount of fat taken up from the digestive tract during eating. This is caused by the capacity of the opuntia fibres to bind a part of the fats. The fat in that form resembles a jelly which cannot be digested by pancreatic enzymes. The undigested fatty fragments are not absorbed in the small intestine; instead, they pass on to be excreted. This makes meals less calorific, which favours weight control. Laboratory tests have shown that NeOpuntia® can bind up to 28% of the fats in meals.
The analyses carried out on NeOpuntia® have also shown that taking the preparation with an appropriate diet and physical activity reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome (or syndrome X) is defined as a coincidence of abdominal obesity with elevated levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and sugar. Administration of the opuntia fibre regulates blood parameters, including total cholesterol and sugar, which significantly reduces the risk of these complications escalating. This application of the fibre has been known for a long time in countries where opuntia is cultivated. The fleshy leaves are consumed there as salads or baked on a fire to regulate the sugar levels.

Using the HerbaTon dietary supplement

Due to the action of HerbaTon capsules, the fibre preparations of Opuntia ficus indica should be taken between 15 and 60 minutes after a meal 2 to 3 times a day. It is recommended to take 1000 mg of the fibre at a time, i.e. 2 HerbaTon capsules. Hence the daily intake can be between 2000 and 3000 mg of fibre. The supplements with plant fibre may swell in the digestive tract, so it is necessary to wash down the preparation with plenty of water.
In order to achieve the optimum body weight loss, it is beneficial to take HerbaTon with a low-calorie diet and a physical exercise regime adapted to individual fitness.

Is the preparation absolutely safe?

No adverse effects of fibre from the opuntia have been observed or reported so far. It is certainly a good alternative to synthetic substances which work on a similar principle but are burdened which much more contraindications and adverse effects.
The fibre binds fats and reduces their intake, so it is recommended to simultaneously take the substances which are soluble in fats, such as vitamin A, D, E and K, and essential unsaturated fatty acids. When supplementing with these compounds, keep the necessary time interval between the preparations (2 hours on average). The fibre preparations are contraindicated in inflammation of the digestive tract, active peptic ulcer disease or postoperative recovery.