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What is Cactus Water, and Should You Try It?

What is Cactus Water, and Should You Try It?

What is Cactus Water, and Should You Try It?

Move over coconut water, because cactus water is the new ‘it drink’. But does it live up to the hype? And should you give it a try?

How is cactus water made?

Cactus water comes from prickly pear cactus. Most varieties include cactus concentrate, water, and flavours, prickly pear extract, and of course sugar.

While the word ‘cactus’ usually makes us think of dry deserts, the hardy plant can store an impressive amount of water within its system to survive for a long time in harsh conditions.

To make cactus water, the fruit is juiced and pureed, then mixed with lemon juice and water. The result is a soft berry-like flavour that has many people hooked. And that gives cactus water big plus points over coconut water, which can be a strange and acquired taste.

What are its health benefits?

At this stage, we only have anecdotal evidence and manufacturers’ claims to go off, but the various health benefits of drinking cactus water are said to include:
  • A ‘healthier’ alternative to sports and soft drinks
  • Reducing the effects of a hangover (this one is based on research)
  • High in antioxidants such as taurine and betalains (24 of them in fact!), aiding tissue damage and combating free radicals
  • Healthy skin and reduced puffy eyes
  • Aids muscle recovery after a hard training session
  • Aids immunity
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Packed with essential vitamins and minerals
So what’s the downside? Well, for now we don’t have any research to suggest there are any health drawbacks to drinking cactus water. However, it isn’t particularly good for the health of our bank account – costing a small fortune per pack.

The only way to see if cactus water works for you is to try it! Of course, the best way to stay hydrated is with good old unfashionable water.

A nutritionist or dietitian can help you add more water to your diet.

Topic: Nutrition

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