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Opuntia (from Latin Opuntia) is the largest class of the Cactus family. Most of its species consist of flat segments covered with tubercles (areolas) and thorns. The peculiarity of Opuntia in their ability is to develop shoots or flowers from any of the kidneys in their own manner that is in the most unexpected place. This cactus of flowers tied fruit, which is used for food, and the body of Opuntia can be fed to animals. Microelements and vitamins included in its composition, peculiarities of the structure of stems and fruit allow Opuntia to be used in folk and traditional medicine. Its extracts are also contained in personal care products. Opuntia fruit and stems have many useful properties.
There are many trace elements in Opuntia fruits and stems: potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, etc. Starch and glucose are synthesized from Opuntia. Vitamins are listed in descending order of their volume in the composition of Opuntia per 100 g:
Vitamin C (14 mg), also called ascorbic acid
Vitamin PP, more precisely betaine N-methylnicotinic acid (0.46 mg)
Vitamins B1 (0.014 mg)
B2 (0.06 mg). It nourishes the nails, skin and hair
B6 (0.06 mg)
Beta-carotene (0.026 mg)
Vitamin B9 (6 mcg) is known as folic acid
Vitamin A (2 mcg)
It is also very convenient to use nopal cactus (opuntia streptacantha) extract. The liquid extract of Opuntia has an exotic muscat-fig flavor and a slightly sweet taste.
The use of opuntia extract is quite wide. It is an indispensable additive to many medical and cosmetic lotions, wraps, salts and bath foam, shampoos, tinctures, oils, creams, ointments and balms.