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Superfruit of the Sonoran Desert

Jun 30, 2011 08:15AM

Covering an area of more than 100,000 square miles in the southwestern region of North America, the Sonoran Desert is one of the largest and hottest deserts on the continent. Its inhabitants survive and thrive by eating the nopal pear cactus, known as the desert’s superfruit. Traditionally consumed as both food and medicine by indigenous people, the fruit has been used to promote vitality, reduce inflammation and protect against toxins and poisons.

The nopal pear cactus contains rich concentrations of antioxidants, says Ken Bowley, an independent representative for Nopalea, a wellness drink sourced from the cactus.

 “Betalains appear to help mediate inflammation.”

Bowley continues, “Studies from the National Institutes of Health indicate that betalains help the body by reducing inflammation that leads to disease, detoxifying the body, promoting optimal cellular health and protecting against premature aging. It’s no wonder the nopal pear, which nourishes inhabitants living in one of nature’s most extreme environments, is known as the Sonoran Desert superfruit.”

For additional information, contact Ken Bowley at 610-282-1749, 1-800-991-7116 (use ID number 13073081) or visit

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