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Prickly pear cactus is a plant. It is part of the diet in Mexican and Mexican-American cultures and is also used for medicine.

Prickly pear cactus is most commonly used for diabetes.

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Prickly pear cactus is a plant. It is part of the diet in Mexican and Mexican-American cultures and is also used for medicine.

Prickly pear cactus is most commonly used for diabetes.

How does it work?

Prickly pear cactus might lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels by decreasing the absorption of sugar and cholesterol in the stomach and intestine.

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Weight .15 lbs
Dimensions 2 × 2 × 4 in

60 caps


600 mg


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