A babyQ mom recently wrote:
I am 15 weeks pregnant. Is it safe to drink the Nopalea cactus juice drink to reduce inflammation?
This is an important question because recent scientific literature shows a link between reducing inflammation and a healthier pregnancy. Looking into the Nopalea Cactus Juice on the company website the company provides scientific literature that supports their claims of reducing inflammation. However, almost all fruits, fruit juices, and vegetables reduce inflammation. Plus it is usually less expensive to buy seasonal fruits on sale. Right now citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits are in season from Florida and California, so orange juice and grapefruit juice are inexpensive compared to berries and apples and I suspect cactus juice. The citrus is fresh and loaded with antioxidants that reduce inflammation. So that is a good food choice. The citrus season in the United Sates is November through March.
Pure grape juice and pineapples are also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help lower inflammation. Pineapples are also naturally low in pesticides. By all means consider a cactus juice supplement as just a small part of a healthy diet. Make it just one thing you include. Make sure you eat a diet with lots of different fruits and vegetables. Buy what is in season and therefore fresh and less expensive. When you try to balance cost and health, my two top juice recommendations are pure grape juice (not grape juice cocktail that has added corn syrup) and orange juice.