Nopalea is a delicious, nutrient-rich, ready to drink liquid that features the superfruit of the Nopal cactus. A university study showed that Nopalea lowers CRP, a leading marker for inflammation.
What is CRP?
CRP (C-reactive protein) is a protein that is considered a marker, or indicator, of inflammation in the body. Produced by the liver as part of the inflammatory process, CRP levels rise in conjunction with inflammation: the higher the CRP levels, the more inflammation present in the body.2,3 Some causes of increased inflammation include:
- Emotional stress
- Physical stress
- Diet and lifestyle
- Environmental toxicity
- Physical trauma
- Insulin levels
Elevated CRP levels may be caused by any of several conditions, including bacterial and viral infection, types of pneumonia and arthritis, rheumatic fever and cancer. Other factors that can result in elevated CRP include genetics, poor lifestyle habits and obesity (fat tissue stimulates the production of CRP). You should always discuss laboratory test results with your healthcare provider.1,2,3,4,8
Nopalea lowers CRP
A study conducted by the University of Bridgeport (CT), showed that Nopalea lowers CRP levels. In the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, over 300 participants drank either a daily serving of Nopalea or placebo for an eight-week period. Those in the Nopalea group saw a decrease in CRP levels compared to the placebo group.
In accordance with best practices in research, the Nopalea study was cited in the registry maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Nopalea: bounty from the Sonoran Desert
TriVita has a tradition of developing innovative wellness products, with ingredients from all over the world. Yet right in our own Arizona backyard, we found that native plants in the Sonoran Desert offer beneficial properties. We tapped the expertise of local botanists, and the native people, to focus ultimately on the remarkable Nopal cactus (Opuntia ficus indica) and its fruit.
This amazing superfruit contains a powerful class of nutrients called Bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids work to neutralize the body’s inner toxins and help to reduce inflammation. They do this by helping the body reduce the toxins surrounding the cells, which allows more essential nutrients to reach each cell. As a result, cells are better fed and energized to repair and replace damaged tissues and reduce the reactive inflammation, helping it from becoming long-term.
Nopalea: quality-crafted by experts
Nopalea customers enjoy so many aspects of this unique drink: the taste, color and certainly its health benefits. But what many don’t know is the care that goes into ensuring absolute product quality in each bottle.
- Aseptic manufacturing process—After each Nopal cactus fruit is harvested (by hand, not by machine) it is puréed into a liquid and transported in a refrigerated truck to our bottling plant in California. The aseptic (sterile) manufacturing process begins the moment the product enters the front door.
- Rigorous inspection—During the formulation and bottling process, the entire ‘run’ of Nopalea is inspected. It often takes at least five hours to test each batch of Nopalea.
- Freshness guaranteed—You can rest assured that your Nopalea is fresh. To maximize Nopalea’s Bioflavonoid content and freshness, TriVita maintains refrigeration from picking in the field to final aseptic processing. The proprietary bottling process used with Nopalea is untouched by human hands.
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