5 Jaw Dropping 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.
Over the next few minutes, we are going to expose the nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice industry’s insider secrets, so you can be a smart nopal cactus (prickly pear) purchasing consumer.
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 are inherently confusing for the buyer.
A supplement that lists a “proprietary blend” on the bottle can be there for one of two reasons:
(a) to prevent the competition from knowing exactly what ratios and amounts of nopal is present in the formula which prevents the competition from copying their formula (referred to as a ‘knock off’) or
(b) to hide the fact the formula contains very little nopal in an attempt to fool consumers.
Often times the proprietary blend will contain an impressive list of ingredients and unless those ingredients are in proper and abundant portions the juice will have little effect on the overall health and wellness of someone who is consuming it. This tactic is referred to as “label decoration” by industry experts.
So how can you tell the difference?
You can’t without research and knowledge, which some juice company’s know you don’t have the time, or the investment to dedicate yourself to finding the true answers to what is inside their bottle of nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice. So in short, we have a conundrum as there are those juice company’s making a quality product attempting to protect their formula from other companies trying to copy it vs. those company’s that simply attempt to baffle buyer’s in hopes they can fool you into purchasing their products that would otherwise provide you little health benefits.
So let me ask you this question?
Is a company that is not completely transparent when it comes to disclosing how much nopal cactus (prickly pear) is in their juice, a company that you want to do business with?
If you do come across a more transparent company that fully discloses the amount of nopal cactus (prickly pear) in their bottle of nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice, look to see if there are any “extracts” or “concentrates” as we will explain in our next section.
Insider Secret 2: Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear) Juice - Extracts and Concentrates (4*) (5*) (6*)
Extract: 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 you have such a nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice bottle, then I applaud the company for being candid enough to disclose to you that you are not consuming whole nopal cactus cacti (prickly pear fruit) but rather a mixture using a solvent such as ethanol or water. 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) fruit processed in such a way that you don’t lose the precious amino acids, betalains, fiber, minerals, pectin, phytonutrients and vitamins which is the reason you are consuming the nopal cactus (prickly pear) in the first place.
Further, if you are purchasing nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice for the benefits of the nopal cactus (prickly pear), why add all the other fruit juices and purified water to the bottle of nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice?
The reason is to add bulk to their product which in turn makes it look like you are receiving more nopal cactus (prickly pear) when you are really receiving less. Remember when I spoke about the nopal cactus (prickly pear) “Proprietary Blend” being kept a secret.
Now would be a good time to expose the secret and the secret is: If you knew that you are not purchasing whole nopal cactus (prickly pear) but an concentrated extract which has been diluted with added purified water, solvents, other fruit concentrates and extracts, would you have paid the price?
Did You Know: Many nopal juice company’s do not even use whole food nopal cactus (prickly pear) but rather, “Opuntia concentrate”, look on the product label to see if you can see the words Opuntia concentrate? (9*) If you do, then you are not purchasing whole nopal cactus (prickly pear) and may be loosing out in many of its health benefits such as its rich fiber content.
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) fruit which many liquid nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice drinks are without. .
It just amazes me 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). I will 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 other 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 32oz 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 32oz 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 Company’s 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 itself is still pretty pricy.
Now would you like to know the true cost to manufacture a 32oz bottle of nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice?
Depending on the manufacturing processes, how much actual whole nopal cactus (prickly pear) is being used and I do not mean extracts or concentrates, but real whole nopal cactus (prickly pear) to manufacture a 32oz nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice bottle; the cost is $3.75/bottle.
(The price above is based on Natural Home Cures’ cost to produce one bottle of nopal cactus prickly pear juice.)
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 I have great news for you.
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.
(Based on one bottle representing the equivalent of 4 nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice bottles at the price of $39.95.)
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 which allows for a premium crop.
Compare that to the desert nopal cactus (prickly pear) which many liquid beverage companies, especially those marketing their products through MLM or Network Marketing Schemes use. 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 also only uses nopal cactus pads that are at least 30 cm in length, 1kg 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 Freeze Dried Nopal Powder (Prickly Pear) is the highest quality possible. (23*)
Two questions, I would like to answer that we often receive are:
What Is The Process Of Freeze Drying Nopal Cactus (Prickly Pear)?
The simple and digested answer is that we take the entire nopal cactus (prickly pear) fruit and we dehydrate it by removing the water through a process which is using freezing cold and not hot heat. We use freezing cold as it does not destroy any of the medicinal or therapeutic properties of the nopal cactus (prickly pear).
Think of it like this: If you have ever purchased a food dehydrator and dehydrated say a banana, the heat removes the water from the food and in the end you still have the banana just without the water known as banana chips and that is exactly what our nopal cactus (prickly pear) is. We removed the water using cold/freezing temperature that 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 that if you want nopal cactus (prickly pear) that this is exactly what you should be paying for and that is exactly what you receive with our Freeze Dried Nopal Powder Capsules.
Another question we receive is:
“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 of our nopal cactus (prickly pear) bottles contain (500mg / 120 capsules) 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 nopal cactus (prickly pear) capsule 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 32oz bottle of the nopal cactus (prickly pear) juice and 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 with 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 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) O'Donnell, Jayne (February 10, 2011). "Multilevel marketing or 'pyramid?' Sales people find it hard to earn much". USAToday (Gannett Company). Retrieved April 5, 2011.
(14) Wikipedia Network Marketing
(15) Wikipedia Multi-Level Marketing Criticism
(16) Article Base: You're Failing Because Your MLM Products Are Too Dam 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) Wikipedia 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