4 Cactus Health Benefits That’ll Have You Sipping an Unlikely Source
It’s amazing how cacti prosper in arid terrain, suppressed by intense heat for whole seasons. After all, just one stifling day in the city can leave even casual joggers longing for liquids.
So, if fruit of the berry-like flavored prickly pear cactus can not only withstand – but flourish – despite its dry, desert habitat, couldn’t its biological properties that help it endure the wild also benefit our bodies in Boston?
Through a new beverage called Steaz Cactus Water – the first functional and flavorful green tea blend of healthy Cactus Water to hit shelves at local Whole Foods – we recently learned that the answer is a resounding “Yes!”.
Here’s how Steaz is invigorating Boston with their new line of healthful prickly pear cactus fruit from Mexico, blended with certified organic, fair-trade Kenyan green tea:
- Super-hydrating effects on the body
From Fenway park to your local school’s ball field, athletes know the importance of keeping hydrated – especially during extended periods of physical activity and hot conditions. And while water is always necessary for hydration, the addition of the prickly pear cactus fruit makes a post-workout recovery extra-hydrating as it actually locks in more moisture.
Debuting with three refreshing flavors – Original Cactus Water with Green Tea, Cactus Water with Cucumber and Green Tea, and Cactus Water with Starfruit and Green Tea – Steaz knocks dehydration out of the park because they’re the only can that packs an extra rejuvenating punch.
- Delays the aging process
Ponce de Leon might have been more successful in discovering the key to everlasting vitality had he searched for the prickly pear cactus, rather than a fabled fountain of youth. That’s because this enigmatic ingredient has been shown to include exceptional, all-natural antioxidant and hydrating properties that improve overall skin health. Plus, it contains less sugar and calories than most functional waters with comparable nutritive values, like coconut water.
A low-in-fat, completely delicious way to enhance our beauty and revitalize our complexion? Yes, please!
- Improves cell health
Not only is the prickly pear cactus’ fruit ultra-hydrating and age-defying, it’s also rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are key in keeping us strong and shielding our bodies from harmful effects of our environment such as UV rays. And, the fruit is loaded with necessary vitamins and minerals needed to support cell growth, to ultimately help protect us from energy deficiency and illness.
- Soothing properties
The pre-historic plants that grow prickly cactus fruit may blossom in rugged landscapes faced with harsh conditions, but that’s part of what makes them so tough in battling the elements and healing our bodies. The determined prickly pear cactus fruit fights free radicals that can lead to inflammation. Plus, some early stage research has shown that cactus water slows down the onset and spreading of cancer – a health benefit we’re certainly interested in.This is a paid partnership between Steaz and Boston Magazine's City/Studio