Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Contains Niacin (B3)

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Nopal cactus (Prickly pear) contains niacin or nicotinic acid (vitamin B3(1*)). Vitamin B3 is needed in the human body for cell respiration, releasing of energy, healthy skin, proper circulation and for protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism. It also supports the nervous system's function and the endocrine system's secretion of acids and bile(2*). Additionally, niacin serves as a memory-enhancer, in synthesizing sex hormones and in managing schizophrenia and other known mental disorders(3*).

Niacin (B3) deficiency can cause skin eruptions, muscular weakness, canker sores, low blood sugar, depression, loss of appetite, diarrhea, limb pains, dizziness, insomnia, fatigue, indigestion, halitosis, and headaches(4*), (5*). A deficiency may also cause pellagra; and is characterized by bilateral dermatitis, diarrhea, and dementia(6*).


Sources of (B3) Niacin

Lean Meat, Legumes, Fish, Green Leaf Vegetables, Nuts, Poultry, Rabbit, and Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) from Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules (Prickly Pear).

     Source References
(1) Wikipedia: Niacin (B3)
WebMD: Niacin (B3)

(3) Medline Plus: Niacin (B3)
(4) WebMD: Niacin
(5) Health-A-Liciousness: Niacin (B3)
(6) Mayo Clinic: Vitamin B3, Nicotinic Acid