publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

Nopal cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) as a source of bioactive compounds for nutrition, health and disease.

El-Mostafa, Karym; El Kharrassi, Youssef; Badreddine, Asmaa; Andreoletti, Pierre; Vamecq, Joseph; El Kebbaj, M'Hammed; Latruffe, Norbert; Lizard, Gérard; Nasser, Boubker; Cherkaoui-Malki, Mustapha;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2014 Journal: Molecules, volume 19, issue 9, pages 14,879-14,901 (eissn: 1420-3049, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI
Abstract
Opuntia ficus-indica, commonly referred to as prickly pear or nopal cactus, is a dicotyledonous angiosperm plant. It belongs to the Cactaceae family and is characterized by its remarkable adaptation to arid and semi-arid climates in tropical and subtropical regions of the globe. In the last decade, compelling evidence for the nutritional and health benefit potential of this cactus has been provided by academic scientists and private companies. Notably, its rich composition in polyphenols, vitamins, polyunsaturated fatty acids and amino acids has been highlighted through the use of a large panel of extraction methods. The identified natural cactus compounds and d...
Subjects
free text keywords: Review, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, cell signaling, Opuntia ficus-indica, polyphenols, Organic chemistry, QD241-441, Cactus, Opuntia ficus, Disease, Polyunsaturated fatty acid, chemistry.chemical_classification, chemistry, PEAR, Botany, Biology
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Morales, P., Ramírez-Moreno, E., de Cortes Sanchez-Mata, M., Carvalho, A.M., Ferreira, I.C.F.R.. Nutritional and antioxidant properties of pulp and seeds of two xoconostle cultivars (Opuntia joconostle F.A.C. Weber ex Diguet and Opuntia matudae Scheinvar) of high consumption in Mexico. Food Res. Int.. 2012; 46: 279-285

Valente, L.M.M., da Paixão, D., do Nascimento, A.C., dos Santos, P.F.P., Scheinvar, L.A., Moura, M.R.L., Tinoco, L.W., Gomes, L.N.F., da Silva, J.F.M.. Antiradical activity, nutritional potential and flavonoids of the cladodes of Opuntia monacantha (Cactaceae). Food Chem.. 2010; 123: 1127-1131

Kuti, J.O.. Antioxidant compounds from four Opuntia cactus pear fruit varieties. Food Chem.. 2004; 85: 527-533 [OpenAIRE]

Valente, L., Scheinvar, L., da Silva, G., Antunes, A., dos Santos, F., Oliveira, T., Tappin, M., Aquino Neto, F., Pereira, A., Carvalhaes, S.. Evaluation of the antitumor and trypanocidal activities and alkaloid profile in species of Brazilian Cactaceae. Pharmacogn. Mag.. 2007; 3: 167-172

Yang, N., Zhao, M., Zhu, B., Yang, B., Chen, C., Cui, C., Jiang, Y.. Anti-diabetic effects of polysaccharides from Opuntia monacantha cladode in normal and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Innov. Food Sci. Emerg. Technol.. 2008; 9: 570-574

Osorio-Esquivel, O., Alicia-Ortiz-Moreno, null, Álvarez, V.B., Dorantes-Álvarez, L., Giusti, M.M.. Phenolics, betacyanins and antioxidant activity in Opuntia joconostle fruits. Food Res. Int.. 2011; 44: 2160-2168

Paiz, R.C., Juárez-Flores, B.I., Aguirre, R.J.R., Cárdenas, O.C., Reyes, A.J.A., García, C.E., Álvarez, F.G.. Glucose-lowering effect of xoconostle (Opuntia joconostle A. Web. Cactaceae) in diabetic rats. J. Med. Plants Res.. 2010; 4: 2326-2333

Schaffer, S., Schmitt-Schillig, S., Müller, W.E., Eckert, G.P.. Antioxidant properties of Mediterranean food plant extracts: Geographical differences. J. Physiol. Pharmacol.. 2005; 56 (Suppl. S1): 115-124

Stintzing, F.C., Schieber, A., Carle, R.. Evaluation of colour properties and chemical quality parameters of cactus juices. Eur. Food Res. Technol.. 2003; 216: 303-311 [OpenAIRE]

Stintzing, F.C., Schieber, A., Carle, R.. Phytochemical and nutritional significance of cactus pear. Eur. Food Res. Technol.. 2001; 212: 396-407 [OpenAIRE]

Galati, E.M., Mondello, M.R., Giuffrida, D., Dugo, G., Miceli, N., Pergolizzi, S., Taviano, M.F.. Chemical characterization and biological effects of Sicilian Opuntia ficus indica (L.) mill. Fruit juice: Antioxidant and antiulcerogenic activity. J. Agric. Food Chem.. 2003; 51: 4903-4908 [PubMed]

Galati, E.M., Mondello, M.R., Monforte, M.T., Galluzzo, M., Miceli, N., Tripodo, M.M.. Effect of Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill. cladodes in the wound-healing process. J. Prof. Assoc. Cactus Dev.. 2003; 5: 1-16

Tesoriere, L., Allegra, M., Butera, D., Livrea, M.A.. Absorption, excretion, and distribution of dietary antioxidant betalains in LDLs: Potential health effects of betalains in humans. Am. J. Clin. Nutr.. 2004; 80: 941-945 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

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Abstract
Opuntia ficus-indica, commonly referred to as prickly pear or nopal cactus, is a dicotyledonous angiosperm plant. It belongs to the Cactaceae family and is characterized by its remarkable adaptation to arid and semi-arid climates in tropical and subtropical regions of the globe. In the last decade, compelling evidence for the nutritional and health benefit potential of this cactus has been provided by academic scientists and private companies. Notably, its rich composition in polyphenols, vitamins, polyunsaturated fatty acids and amino acids has been highlighted through the use of a large panel of extraction methods. The identified natural cactus compounds and d...
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free text keywords: Review, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, cell signaling, Opuntia ficus-indica, polyphenols, Organic chemistry, QD241-441, Cactus, Opuntia ficus, Disease, Polyunsaturated fatty acid, chemistry.chemical_classification, chemistry, PEAR, Botany, Biology
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111 references, page 1 of 8

Butera, D., Tesoriere, L., di Gaudio, F., Bongiorno, A., Allegra, M., Pintaudi, A.M., Kohen, R., Livrea, M.A.. Antioxidant activities of sicilian prickly pear ( Opuntia ficus indica ) fruit extracts and reducing properties of its betalains: Betanin and indicaxanthin. J. Agric. Food Chem.. 2002; 50: 6895-6901 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

Alimi, H., Hfaiedh, N., Bouoni, Z., Hfaiedh, M., Sakly, M., Zourgui, L., Rhouma, K.B.. Antioxidant and antiulcerogenic activities of Opuntia ficus indica f. inermis root extract in rats. Phytomedicine. 2010; 17: 1120-1126 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

Morales, P., Ramírez-Moreno, E., de Cortes Sanchez-Mata, M., Carvalho, A.M., Ferreira, I.C.F.R.. Nutritional and antioxidant properties of pulp and seeds of two xoconostle cultivars (Opuntia joconostle F.A.C. Weber ex Diguet and Opuntia matudae Scheinvar) of high consumption in Mexico. Food Res. Int.. 2012; 46: 279-285

Valente, L.M.M., da Paixão, D., do Nascimento, A.C., dos Santos, P.F.P., Scheinvar, L.A., Moura, M.R.L., Tinoco, L.W., Gomes, L.N.F., da Silva, J.F.M.. Antiradical activity, nutritional potential and flavonoids of the cladodes of Opuntia monacantha (Cactaceae). Food Chem.. 2010; 123: 1127-1131

Kuti, J.O.. Antioxidant compounds from four Opuntia cactus pear fruit varieties. Food Chem.. 2004; 85: 527-533 [OpenAIRE]

Valente, L., Scheinvar, L., da Silva, G., Antunes, A., dos Santos, F., Oliveira, T., Tappin, M., Aquino Neto, F., Pereira, A., Carvalhaes, S.. Evaluation of the antitumor and trypanocidal activities and alkaloid profile in species of Brazilian Cactaceae. Pharmacogn. Mag.. 2007; 3: 167-172

Yang, N., Zhao, M., Zhu, B., Yang, B., Chen, C., Cui, C., Jiang, Y.. Anti-diabetic effects of polysaccharides from Opuntia monacantha cladode in normal and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Innov. Food Sci. Emerg. Technol.. 2008; 9: 570-574

Osorio-Esquivel, O., Alicia-Ortiz-Moreno, null, Álvarez, V.B., Dorantes-Álvarez, L., Giusti, M.M.. Phenolics, betacyanins and antioxidant activity in Opuntia joconostle fruits. Food Res. Int.. 2011; 44: 2160-2168

Paiz, R.C., Juárez-Flores, B.I., Aguirre, R.J.R., Cárdenas, O.C., Reyes, A.J.A., García, C.E., Álvarez, F.G.. Glucose-lowering effect of xoconostle (Opuntia joconostle A. Web. Cactaceae) in diabetic rats. J. Med. Plants Res.. 2010; 4: 2326-2333

Schaffer, S., Schmitt-Schillig, S., Müller, W.E., Eckert, G.P.. Antioxidant properties of Mediterranean food plant extracts: Geographical differences. J. Physiol. Pharmacol.. 2005; 56 (Suppl. S1): 115-124

Stintzing, F.C., Schieber, A., Carle, R.. Evaluation of colour properties and chemical quality parameters of cactus juices. Eur. Food Res. Technol.. 2003; 216: 303-311 [OpenAIRE]

Stintzing, F.C., Schieber, A., Carle, R.. Phytochemical and nutritional significance of cactus pear. Eur. Food Res. Technol.. 2001; 212: 396-407 [OpenAIRE]

Galati, E.M., Mondello, M.R., Giuffrida, D., Dugo, G., Miceli, N., Pergolizzi, S., Taviano, M.F.. Chemical characterization and biological effects of Sicilian Opuntia ficus indica (L.) mill. Fruit juice: Antioxidant and antiulcerogenic activity. J. Agric. Food Chem.. 2003; 51: 4903-4908 [PubMed]

Galati, E.M., Mondello, M.R., Monforte, M.T., Galluzzo, M., Miceli, N., Tripodo, M.M.. Effect of Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Mill. cladodes in the wound-healing process. J. Prof. Assoc. Cactus Dev.. 2003; 5: 1-16

Tesoriere, L., Allegra, M., Butera, D., Livrea, M.A.. Absorption, excretion, and distribution of dietary antioxidant betalains in LDLs: Potential health effects of betalains in humans. Am. J. Clin. Nutr.. 2004; 80: 941-945 [OpenAIRE] [PubMed]

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