Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Contains Methionine (Essential Amino Acid)

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Nopal cactus (prickly pear) contains methionine, an essential amino acid(1*). Methionine helps to break down fat in the body and keep arteries clear of blockages(2*). Methionine is a sulfurous compound - a strong antioxidant - that neutralizes free radicals(3*). Moreover, this amino acid helps to detoxify the liver(4*), (5*).

Methionine also helps to regulate metabolism and helps to 'feed' the brain(6*). A reduction of Methionine in the body can result in a host of disorders such as atherosclerosis, chemical allergies, hair loss, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, pancreatitis, Parkinson’s, rheumatic fever, and urinary problems(7*).


Sources of Methionine

Eggs, Fish, Garlic, Legumes (beans and lentils), Meat, Onions, Seeds, Soybeans, Yogurt and Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) from Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules (Prickly Pear).

     Source References
(1) Wikipedia: Methionine
(2) WebMD: Methionine
(3) WiseGeek: What Is Methionine?
(4) ChemSpider: Methionine
(5) The Biology Project: Methionine
(6) About - Chemistry - Methionine
(7) - Methionine Drug Interactions