Benefits of Cactus Plants (Ferocactus pilosus) – Commonly known, that cactus benefits for the comunity was very diverse, here some of them among others :
- Act as house plants
- For souvenirs
- As a medicinal plant
- As another source of food
Below here are the quick review about some of them, just as a simple description so you get a clearer picture about this article;
People who often or spent some of their precious time on the desert, or coincidently live on the desert, must have known or at least familiar with this plants. Since this kinds of plants are the most resilient plants against an extreme dry condition. For those who happens live on the desert and become its daily part of ecosystem, must have known that some of these plants are have being used as another option for food source. Various types of cactus has long been used as a human food source to survive against starvation, one of which is Opuntia. The species is widely cultivated for fruit and stems taken his youth.
Opuntia fruit of many processed into OPUNTIA JAM. Meanwhile, young stems, known as Nopalitos opuntia skinned and fried, steamed, or processed into pickled in OPUNTIA SWEET-SOUR VINEGAR.
Today, Opuntia also still used as animal feed, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. Formerly, there are also species of cactus Carnegiea gigantean, which is used as the main ingredient of flour for bread making.
However, this FLOUR MADE OF OPUNTIA is no longer used because people prefer flour of corn. While the roots of woody or vascular vessel containing lignin from cactus, also used as a building material and fuel.
Cactus Rose (Pereskia grandifolia)
This small type of cactus known as Cactus Rose (Pereskia grandifolia) is now commonly used for souvenirs in marriage.
Usually that is often used for souvenir is a mini cactus, with a plant height of about 6-8 cm. The length of each of the shoots of 3-4 cm. These unique well-known cactus, look fresh if put on the desk, guests and indoor or outdoor as well as souvenirs.
Cactus although more popular as an ornamental plant, but the cactus also has benefits as a medicinal plant, even its potential as a medicinal plant is big enough. This needs to be explored in more depth about its merits as a natural remedy.
the benefit of cactus (Ferocactus pilosus), is been explored since the 19th century, as a cactus plant scientists have studied because it has the active ingredient alkaloids, such as ß-phenylethylamine and tetraisoqui-noline. To date, more than 60 compounds in the cactus plants that have been isolated among others anhalonine, hordenine, mescaline, N-acetylmescaline, moplontine, tyramine. Hordenine compounds and tyramine are anti-microbial substances inside this plants that are preventing many types of diseases such as arthritis, influenza, infections, diabetes, ear pain, eye pain, rheumatism, venomous animal bites and so on.
Some other types of cactus known as a medicinal plant is of the type of prickly pear cactus consisting of some species such as Opuntia dillenii, Opuntia engelimanii, Opuntia ficusindica, Opuntia playachatha, and Opuntia santarita.
Prickly Pear Cactus (cactus fruit flesh)
The main functions: Lowering blood sugar
The usual dose: if consumed as edible food, 150 grams of cooked cactus each day. The ripe fruit of this cactus can lower the body’s blood sugar level. A form that can be found is in the form of fruit or juice, or a powder. The researchers found that the fruit may lower blood sugar levels because their components are similar to insulin.
The fruit is also high in fiber.
Here are some another part health benefits of cactus (Ferocactus pilosus), especially prickly pear cactus A.K.A Opuntia:
- The effect of anti-inflammatory against insect bites, itches, redness, rashes, and even allergic reactions.
- Pressing blood sugar levels
- Lower levels of LDL (bad cholesterol)
- Lower blood pressure and reduce the burden on the heart
- Helps heal the body from within and protects the immune system
- Getting rid of free radicals in the body and potentially slow down aging
- Organ function helps to work up
Another Cactus species known today is the Dragon fruit (dragon fruit), A.K.A Cereus peruvianus, belonging to the genus Helocereus and Selenicereus. This plants have properties to lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol and prevent colon cancer, renal function and bone reinforcement, protecting oral health, preventing bleeding and symptoms of vaginal discharge, boosters brain power and improve the sharpness of the eyes.
According to a research that examines this red dragon fruit, we can get benefits of the cactus (Ferocactus pilosus), especially this fruit since this fruit is quite rich in vitamins and minerals that help improve the durability and metabolism. Other experts mention also that the dragon fruit as one type of a cactus is rich in potassium, ferrum, protein, fiber, sodium and calcium. But certainly, the benefits of Cactus (Ferocactus pilosus) as in this case is the dragon fruit is high in fiber as a binding agent and the cancer-causing carcinogens facilitate the digestive process.
Also, from a reliable source, dragon fruit is also used to balance blood sugar levels, protecting the mouths health, prevention of digestive disorder, decreases cholesterol level, preventing bleeding and treating complaints whitish. Additionally, again, the red dragon fruit gives the effect of reducing emotional stress, neutralize toxic in the blood, preventing the body fever, increase appetite, increase slipperiness, smoothness of skin and prevent acne.
Overall, there is a protein in each of a dragon fruit which is can increase metabolism and maintain cardiovascular health; fiber (to repel colon cancer, digestive disorder, diabetes and works as in dietary program); carotene (sights healthiness, strengthen the brain works and prevent diseases), calcium (bone strengthening).
Even if we get tired of eating it in the form of fresh dragon fruit can be presented in the form of juice (juice), candy, jam, or various forms of presentation according to taste.