Betalains reduce inflammation in the body. They are powerful antioxidants that are found in plants of the caryophyllases family and help to heal the body at the cellular level.
Caryophyllales family of plants includes the cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants.
Betalains are also found in beets and in some higher order fungi (mushrooms). They are also found in prickly pear cactus and it is what makes Nopalea so popular. Drinking it brings down the inflammation in your body. Inflammation is the precursor to cancers. When the body is inflamed it allows the cells around the area to weaken. That opens the door to cancer cells. Not always, but it is how cancer gets started in the body.
Studies show Betalains may be anti-cancer (if there is such a word) because the Betalains from the prickly pear cactus showed it taking care of the free radicals in the body. It also showed how it protected the endothelium with its antioxidant properties. Endothelium is the thin layer lining of the blood vessels.
Making sure your body has enough anti inflammatory material will help the cells regenerate faster as they bring down the inflammation. You can have a part of your body that has inflammation caused by an injury, bruise, or even a sliver of wood underneath the skin. An inflamed area will cause pain and be tender to the touch. To bring down the inflammation you need to make sure you have enough Betalains in your body to help it out.
Betalains works by pulling off the toxins and reducing the excess water to balance the cell inside and out. It works at the cellular level of the body. They help restore the balance and detoxify the poisons that cause so many illnesses. There are several types of food you can eat to be sure you have enough Betalains in your body to bring down any inflammations. They are beets, prickly pear cactus, rainbow Swiss chard, and Nopal fruit.
Betalains are used in the food industry as a red dye. Since the only known source of the highest count of betalains is in Nopal fruit, which is only available from the Sonora dessert, you’ll have to make due with beets and rainbow Swiss chard from the garden.