5 Insider Secrets Revealed about the Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Juice Industry.
Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) juice(1), made its debut in 2000 and generated quite a buzz, sending shock waves across the globe – from the realm of homeopathic medicine to the dietary supplement industry. A number of companies were quick to pounce on the opportunity and before you knew it, various nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice products sprouted like mushrooms.
In the following paragraphs, we will expose the nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice industry’s insider secrets, so you can be a smart nopal cactus (prickly pear) purchasing consumer.
Insider Secret 1: Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Juice Proprietary Secret Formula Exposed(2), (3)
Proprietary Blends are not inherently a negative for the consumer, though they can be confusing when comparing products.
Companies that list "proprietary blend" on the bottle are usually doing so for one of two reasons:
1) to prevent the competition from knowing exactly what ratios and amounts of nopal cactus (prickly pear) are present in the formula so the competition can't copy the recipe.
2) to hide the fact the formula contains very little nopal cactus (prickly pear) in an attempt to fool consumers.
How can you tell the difference?
You can't. Most nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice companies count on the fact that consumers don't have the time to invest researching the contents of their bottles of nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice. Some companies simply offer an impressive list of ingredients that they hope will justify higher prices; however, unless those ingredients are in proper and abundant proportions, the juice will have little effect on those consuming it. Other companies attempt to baffle buyers with exclusive proprietary blends that conceal the actual content amounts.
Now, let us ask you this question -
Is a company that is not completely transparent about how much nopal cactus (prickly pear) is in their juice, a company you want to do business with?
Extract: An extract is a substance made by extracting a part of a raw material, often by using a solvent such as ethanol or water.(7)
Concentrates: A concentrate is a form of substance which has had the majority of its base component removed.(8)
If you currently have a bottle of nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice, read the label and see if you come across the words “Extracts” or “Concentrates”. If these are the ingredients listed then you will know that you have a product mixture that uses a solvent such as ethanol or water in their formula. Natural Home Cures uses both the paddles AND the fruit in their Freeze Dried Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear). In order to harness all the healthful benefits that nopal cactus (prickly pear) has to offer, you need more than just a nopal cactus (prickly pear) concentrate or extract. You need the whole nopal cactus (prickly pear) processed in such a way that you don’t lose the precious amino acids, betalains(9), fiber, minerals, pectin, phytonutrients, and vitamins. After all these benefits are the reason you are consuming the nopal cactus (prickly pear) in the first place.
Nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice companies add fruit juices and purified water to their product. The reason they do this is to add bulk and broaden the list of ingredients to justify their cost.
If you knew that you were purchasing a concentrated extract which has been diluted with added purified water, solvents, other fruit concentrates and extracts, would you have paid the price?
According to WebMD, men need about 38 grams of fiber while women need 35 grams of fiber per day.(10) Fiber is known to promote excellent heart health, weight management and energy.(11)
The best way to consume fiber is by consuming the whole nopal cactus (prickly pear), which you will not find in most liquid nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice drinks.
It is amazing how many people fall for those Network Marketing (MLM) rags to riches stories and allow themselves to get pumped full of hopes and dreams that with almost no effort on their part, they can retire the champagne and caviar lifestyle they only dreamed about.
Unfortunately, for 99% of all network marketers, they will be left with shattered dreams and empty pockets of cold hard reality that they just made someone else rich and not themselves.(12), (13)
For those unaware of Multi-Level Marketing (MLM), let us quickly tell you what this industry is all about.(14)
Network marketing is a marketing strategy in which the company’s sales force is compensated, not only for sales they personally generate but also for the sales of the salespeople that they recruit. This recruited sales force is referred to as the participant's downline, and can provide multiple levels of compensation.
MLM companies have been a frequent subject of criticism as well as the target of lawsuits. Criticism has focused on their similarity to illegal pyramid schemes, price fixing of products, high initial start-up costs; emphasis on recruitment of lower-tiered salespeople over actual sales, encouraging if not requiring salespeople to purchase and use the company's products (even if the salesperson does not need any additional products, leading to garages full of company products not being consumed); potential exploitation of personal relationships; complex and sometimes exaggerated compensation claims, and exaggerated prices that company’s charge for their products.
How exaggerated are the prices for a bottle of the nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice which is being marketed through the Network Marketing (MLM) industry? Typically a 32 oz bottle of nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice sells for $39.95/bottle. The recommended dosage is from one to three ounces of juice a day, so it is not surprising to see that most consumers pay over $100/month for their nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice supply.(15), (16)
Now compare that to the average 32 oz bottle of premium juice sold at the supermarket which can range from $5-$10/bottle. Do you want to know why the supermarket juice is only $5 - $10/bottle compared to $39.95/bottle sold by the Network Marketing-(MLM)-Pyramid Company’s? The answer is that Network Marketing-(MLM)-Pyramid Companies are forced to charge this amount to offset the average 60% commission rates they pay out to all of their distributors (downline).
Think about it, the first 60% of your money or $24 of the $39.95 goes to pay 10 or 20 levels of distributors who each collect a piece of your payment. This makes the true value of the juice at $15.95 which is still quite pricey.
Now would you like to know the true cost to manufacture a 32 oz bottle of nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice? That depends on the manufacturing processes - by using the whole nopal cactus (prickly pear), not extracts or concentrates, to manufacture nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice, a 32 oz bottle would cost about $3.75/bottle.
If you are someone that has no interest in Network Marketing (MLM) and you are simply looking for the best quality nopal cactus (prickly pear) product without the expenses, hassles or knowing that you are dealing with a network marketing company, then we have great news for you. Read on.
The right nopal cactus (prickly pear) product to buy is not nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice but rather Freeze Dried, High Altitude, Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) sold in solid capsule form which, on average, is 1/4 the cost of the nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice.
Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried, High Altitude, Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) is grown at an altitude of 2,500 meters (or 8,200 feet above sea level) on a mountainside with rich volcanic soil and a mild, semi-tropical climate.(17)
The higher the altitude the greater the phyto-nutrient and polyphenol content of the nopal cactus (prickly pear) product. This was demonstrated in a recent analysis of the Nopal species Opuntia ficus-indica and its reaction to elevated UV radiation exposure at the University of Arizona's Arid Land Studies Department.(18) The findings were as follows: in nature, plants produce polyphenols to protect themselves from oxidation caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The nopal cactus (prickly pear) that are found at higher altitudes in the mountains are naturally exposed to significantly higher levels of ultraviolet radiation stimulating those nopal cactus (prickly pear) to produce higher concentrations of polyphenols. This high altitude environment is also a natural pest deterrent. Insects are less abundant at higher elevations allowing for a premium crop.
Compare that to the desert nopal cactus (prickly pear) which many liquid beverage companies use, especially those marketing their products through MLM or Network Marketing Schemes. Desert nopal cactus (prickly pear) receives very little moisture and nutrients from the arid environment and the low organic content of desert soil.(19), (20), (21)
Nopal Powder Capsules by Natural Home Cures only uses nopal cactus pads that are at least 30 cm in length, 1-kg in weight and contain no fewer than 6 prickly pear fruit. The larger the pad, the higher the nutrient and mineral content of the finished product.(22)
Compare that to most companies that call the larger size pads their "premium brand" and charge their clients even more money. The secret behind the "premium brands" of the competitors is that they don't own their own farms and must purchase their pads from other companies who in turn charge a premium that gets passed on to you, their consumer.
In the end, you pay more money for something that we offer at no additional cost to all of our clients. In fact, this is the only nopal cactus (prickly pear) we offer as anything less would require us to lower our standards and this is not something we are willing to do. That is why you will always receive the finest in consistent quality. We guarantee that every capsule of our Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules (Prickly Pear) is the highest quality possible.(23)
What Is The Process Of Freeze Drying Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear)?
The simple answer is that we take the entire nopal cactus (prickly pear) fruit and we dehydrate it by removing the water through a freeze dried process rather than a heat dried process. We use the freeze dried process so it preserves the medicinal or therapeutic properties of the nopal cactus (prickly pear).
Think of it like this: When dehydrating a banana, the heat removes the water from the fruit. In the end, you still have a banana but without the water you now have banana chips and that is exactly what our nopal cactus (prickly pear) is. We remove the water using freezing temperatures which retains all the therapeutic and medicinal properties of the nopal cactus (prickly pear).(24), 25)
Eating the whole fruit will always provide you better medicinal or therapeutic health properties than eating a diluted extract or concentrate. It just makes sense to buy from us at Natural Home Cures to ensure you consume the highest quality nopal cactus (prickly pear).
“How Much Does Your Freeze Dried, High Altitude, Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Cost In Relation To That Of The Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Juice?”
One bottle of our Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules - nopal cactus (prickly pear) contains 120 capsules each containing 500 mg of 100% freeze dried nopal cactus (prickly pear) and retails for $30.00 which includes shipping and handling. The more you purchase the less you pay. For example, we currently have a Buy 3 Get 2 Free. This works out to just $18/bottle and includes shipping/handling.
One Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsule - nopal cactus (prickly pear) is equal to about one ounce of the juice, so if you currently consume 3 ounces of juice a day, you would consume 3 capsules of our Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules a day. As there are 120 capsules in the bottle, the bottle will last 40 days. Compare that to the 32 oz bottle of the nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice - you will need 4 bottles of juice to equal one bottle of Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules. Therefore, you will spend $30.00 (or less)/40 days for our Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules compared to $200/40 days for nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice. This represents an average savings of $1500/person/year.
For a limited time, we would like you to put everything we said above to the test with our Free Natural Home Cures Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules Offer:
(1) Wikipedia - Nopal
(2) Food and Drug Administration - Dietary Supplements Food Labeling Guide
(3) Brinkzone - Proprietary Blends in Nutritional Supplements
(4) ehow - Fruit Concentrates vs Extracts.
(5) Fitday - Understanding Concentrate Juice
(6) Food and Drug Administration - Common or Usual Name For Non-Standardized Foods
(7) Wikipedia - Extract
(8) Wikipedia - Concentrate
(9) Wikipedia - Opuntia
(10) WebMD - Fiber How Much Do You Need
(11) WebMD - Fiber Health Benefits
(12) Wikipedia - Multi-Level Marketing Criticism
(13) USA Today - "Multilevel Marketing Or 'Pyramid'? Sales People Find It Hard To Earn Much".
(14) Wikipedia - Network Marketing
(15) Wikipedia - Multi-Level Marketing Criticism
(16) Article Base - You're Failing Because Your MLM Products Are Too Damn Expensive
(17) Nopal Powder Capsules - Your Trusted Source For Quality Products
(18) University Of Arizona - School Of Natural Resources and the Environment
(19) Wikipedia - Soil Fertility
(20) Phoenix Tropicals - Vitamin Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms of Plants
(21) eHow - Sandy Soil
(22) Nopal Powder Capsules - Your Trusted Source For Quality Products
(23) Nopal Powder Capsules - Chemical Analysis
(24) Wikipedia - Freeze Drying
(25) How Stuff Works - Freeze Drying