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Neopuntia® Cacti-Nea™ et Bio Serae

NeOpuntia, patented lipophilic fiber

Cactus et Nexira, our comitment to sustainable development

Scientific background

A comprehensive set of studies was conducted on Cacti-Nea™ in order to confirm its diuretic and antioxidant properties.

Diuretic & weight management properties

A clinical study  (December 2010) showed the diuretic effect of  Cacti-Nea™. Within the framework of this study:

  • Cacti-Nea™ significatively increases diuresis by 27% in women with IMC<25.
  • Cacti-Nea™ helps to decrease the sensations of swollen feet, ankles and calves.
  • Cacti-Nea™  helps to decrease the sensation of heavy legs
  • A satisfaction questionnaire hilghlighed that 87% of women were convinced by Cacti-Nea™'s efficiency.

 

A first clinical study (august 2009) highlights the diuretic effects of our prickly pear water extract :

  • Cacti-Nea™ induces a positive effect on body composition by limiting fat mass gain.
  • Cacti-Nea™ shows a significant reduction of the water mass, as soon as the first week of treatment, with positive effect on the silhouette.
  • We observe a significant weight loss in the Cacti-Nea™ group (up to 3.3 kg reduction), while no effect was observed in the placebo group.
  • Contrary to standard diuretic substances, Cacti-Nea™ has no negative effect on blood pressure nor on mineral balance.

 

An in vivo study on rats comparing the diuretic effect of Cacti-Nea™ to the one of hydrochlorothiazide (pharmaceutical diuretic substance) showed that :

  • For the same amount of water ingested, Cacti-Nea™ showed a significant diuretic effect while preserving minerals
  • This 7 days in vivo study showed that the consumption of Cacti-Nea™ induced a reduction of weigh gain by almost 20% compared to control


Antioxidant properties

A clinical study showed the positive effect of the supplementation with prickly pear fruit compared to Vitamin C :

  • The consumption of cactus pear induced an increase of cell's antioxidant capacity of more than 50% and reduces the LDL sensitivity to oxidation.
  • This specific fruit from which Cacti-Nea™ is made also allowed an increase in plasma concentration of vitamins C & E.

An in vivo study on rats evaluated the impact of the consumption of Cacti-Nea™ on the antioxidant capacity of the body by measuring the globular rate of glutathione peroxidase (free radicals oxidation reaction catalyzer) :

  • After 7 days, the consumption of Cacti-Nea™ induces a significant increase in the globular rate of glutathione peroxidase.
  • Cacti-Nea™ helps to preserve body cells from oxidative damage and to increase antioxidant plasma concentration.


The richest source of bioavailable betalains

Cactus pear fruit is a natural source of betalain pigments : purple red betanin and yellow indicaxanthin. Studies have shown that indicaxanthin is 20 times more available than betanin.

  • Thanks to a thorough selection of fruit and a specific process, Cacti-Nea™ is the richest source of bioavailable betalains, with an indicaxanthin content ranking from 65 to 85% of total betalains.
  • Thanks to its exceptional bio-availability, indicaxanthin is specifically involved in the antioxidant protection of LDL, as suggested by a clinical test.
 
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