Apr 2, 2005, 6:48 AM
Post #22 of 32
This Nopalinasa is a combination of dried nopal and "linaza" or flaxseed/linseed. I saw it prominently displayed at Soriana yesterday but didn't buy any because, at that point, I didn't know what "linasa" was. I believe this stuff is sold as a laxative but, as with all concoctions of this type, the benefits are about as clear as those of Scientology.
In my family, we are redisposed to low cholesteral but someone I know is genetically predisposed to very high cholesteral and was prescribed Lipitor by her doctor. She was told that she could take nopal capsules and that might help but that, to receive any benefits from that substance she needed to take six capsules a day. She also told her that"red rice" from China was beneficial in lowering cholesteral and could be bought locally in the Guadalajara/Lake Chapala area. We have yet to look for that since, at the moment, we are on a low carb diet.
I found, in addition to the Nopalinasa, Soriana had nopal gelcaps with a combination of dried nopal and soy oil and capsules of dried nopal fiber. Neither of these products, both of which are made in Mexico, claim any specific health benefits. Both disclaim that they are medicinal in nature and warn that you ingest them at your own risk.
While I have low cholesteral, I just might take a nopal supplement or even Nopalinasa once I am more comfortable with what, exactly, flaxseed is and what its benefits and drawbacks are.
(This post was edited by Bubba on Apr 2, 2005, 6:49 AM)