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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805459/opuntia-ficus-indica-l-miller-as-a-source-of-bioactivity-compounds-for-health-and-nutrition
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M Aragona, E R Lauriano, S Pergolizzi, C Faggio
Plants with beneficial properties are known in traditional medicine. Nowadays, in spite of widespread availability of synthetic compounds, the search goes towards natural compounds to lower cost and few side effects. The increasing interest in preventive medicine encourages use of nutraceuticals, bioactive compounds of vegetable origin with important nutritional values. Among the medicinal plants, Opuntia ficus-indica (L.) Miller (Family Cactaceae, subfamily Opuntiodeae, Genus Opuntia, subgenus Platyopuntia, species Opuntia ficus-indica (L...
August 14, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764043/characterization-of-carotenoid-profile-of-spanish-sanguinos-and-verdal-prickly-pear-opuntia-ficus-indica-spp-tissues
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M P Cano, A Gómez-Maqueo, T García-Cayuela, J Welti-Chanes
Carotenoid profiles of different tissues (peel, pulp and whole fruit) of Spanish Sanguinos (red) and Verdal (orange) prickly pears (Opuntia ficus-indica spp.) have been characterized in detail and quantified for the first time. Carotenoids were determined by HPLC-PDA-MS (APCI(+)), using a reverse phase C30 column. A total of 9 xantophylls and 4 hydrocarbon carotenes were identified. Also, minor amounts of chlorophyll a, a' and b can be observed in Opuntia peel extracts. All carotenoids were found to be present in their free form (no carotenoid esters were detected)...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680065/nopal-opuntia-ficus-indica-protects-from-metabolic-endotoxemia-by-modifying-gut-microbiota-in-obese-rats-fed-high-fat-sucrose-diet
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Mónica Sánchez-Tapia, Miriam Aguilar-López, Claudia Pérez-Cruz, Edgar Pichardo-Ontiveros, Mei Wang, Sharon M Donovan, Armando R Tovar, Nimbe Torres
Current efforts are directed to reducing the gut dysbiosis and inflammation produced by obesity. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether consuming nopal, a vegetable rich in dietary fibre, vitamin C, and polyphenols can reduce the metabolic consequences of obesity by modifying the gut microbiota and preventing metabolic endotoxemia in rats fed a high fat and sucrose diet. With this aim, rats were fed a high fat diet with 5% sucrose in the drinking water (HFS) for 7 months and then were fed for 1 month with HFS + 5% nopal (HFS + N)...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631306/cactus-stem-opuntia-ficus-indica-mill-anatomy-physiology-and-chemical-composition-with-emphasis-on-its-biofunctional-properties
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REVIEW
R I Ventura-Aguilar, E Bosquez-Molina, S Bautista-Baños, F Rivera-Cabrera
Cactus stem (Opuntia ficus-indica Mill) is native to Mesoamerica and marketed in different forms such as fresh, frozen or pre-cooked. Worldwide, this vegetable is recognized for its pharmaceutical actions, including its antioxidant, diuretic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and anti-hypercholesterolemic properties, as well as their anti-viral and antispermatogenic effects. However, not all of these properties have been associated to its chemical composition; therefore, this review aims to present and integrate information available on the physiology and anatomy of cactus stem and its chemical composition, focusing on some of the many factors that determine its biofunctionality...
June 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573793/traceability-of-opuntia-ficus-indica-l-miller-by-ipc-ms-multielemental-profile-and-chemometric-approach
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A F Mottese, C Naccari, R Vadala, G D Bua, G Bartolomeo, R Rando, N Cicero, G Mo Dugo
BACKGROUND: Opuntia ficus india L. Miller fruits, particularly "Ficodindia dell'Etna" of Biancavilla (POD), "Fico d'india tradizionale di Roccapalumba" with protected brand and samples coming from an experimental field in Pezzolo (Sicily), were analyzed by ICP-MS in order to determinate the multi-element profile. A multivariate chemometric approach, specifically Principal Component Analysis (PCA), was applied to individuate how mineral elements may represent a marker of geographic origin, useful for the traceability...
June 2, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559609/effect-of-opuntia-ficus-indica-flowers-maceration-on-quality-and-on-heat-stability-of-olive-oil
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Imène Ammar, Amal BenAmira, Ibtihel Khemakem, Hamadi Attia, Monia Ennouri
This study was focused on the evaluation of the quality and the oxidative stability of olive oil added with Opuntia ficus-indica flowers. Two different amounts of O. ficus-indica flowers were considered 5 and 15% (w/w). The olive oils were evaluated towards their quality, fatty acids profile, total phenol contents and thermal properties by differential scanning calorimetry. The oxidative stability was also monitored by employing the Rancimat and the oven test based on accelerating the oxidation process during storage...
May 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554636/ultrasonic-extraction-of-pectin-from-opuntia-ficus-indica-cladodes-after-mucilage-removal-optimization-of-experimental-conditions-and-evaluation-of-chemical-and-functional-properties
#7
Nadia Bayar, Tahani Bouallegue, Mabrouka Achour, Mouna Kriaa, Ali Bougatef, Radhouane Kammoun
Ultrasonic assisted extraction (UAE) of pectin from Opuntia ficus indica (OFI) cladodes after mucilage removal was attempted using the response surface methodology. The process variables were optimized by the isovariant central composite design in order to improve the pectin extraction yield. The optimum condition obtained was: sonication time 70min, temperature 70°C, pH 1.5 and the water-material ratio 30ml/g. This condition was validated and the performance of experimental extraction was 18.14%±1.41%, which was closely linked to the predicted value (19...
November 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491239/opuntia-spp-characterization-and-benefits-in-chronic-diseases
#8
REVIEW
María Del Socorro Santos Díaz, Ana-Paulina Barba de la Rosa, Cécile Héliès-Toussaint, Françoise Guéraud, Anne Nègre-Salvayre
Opuntia species have been used for centuries as food resources and in traditional folk medicine for their nutritional properties and their benefit in chronic diseases, particularly diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. These plants are largely distributed in America, Africa, and the Mediterranean basin. Opuntia spp. have great economic potential because they grow in arid and desert areas, and O. ficus-indica, the domesticated O. species, is used as a nutritional and pharmaceutical agent in various dietary and value-added products...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455607/effect-of-spineless-cactus-intake-opuntia-ficus-indica-on-blood-glucose-levels-in-lactating-sows-and-its-impact-on-feed-intake-body-weight-loss-and-weaning-estrus-interval
#9
Gerardo Ordaz-Ochoa, Aureliano Juárez-Caratachea, Rosa Elena Pérez-Sánchez, Rafael María Román-Bravo, Ruy Ortiz-Rodríguez
The effect of spineless cactus intake (Opuntia ficus-indica) on blood glucose (BG) levels in lactating sows and its impact on daily and total feed intake (dFI(-1) and TFI, respectively), body weight loss (BWL), and weaning-estrus interval length (WEI) were evaluated. Thirty-four hybrid (Yorkshire × Landrace × Pietrain) sows in lactation phase were used. Sows were divided into two groups: G1 (n = 17) where they received commercial feed and G2 (n = 17) provided with commercial feed plus an average of 2...
June 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386896/antimicrobial-activity-of-aqueous-extracts-from-four-plants-on-bacterial-isolates-from-periodontitis-patients
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Leila Arbia, Nassima Chikhi-Chorfi, Ilhem Betatache, Chuong Pham-Huy, Selma Zenia, Nabil Mameri, Nadjib Drouiche, Hakim Lounici
Four aqueous extracts of different plant organs are the following: Artemisia herba-alba, Opuntia ficus-indica, Camellia sinensis and Phlomis crinita were evaluated against two bacterial strains: Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia, which are implicated in periodontal diseases. By using a disc method, these plant extracts demonstrated powerful bacterial activity against these Gram-negative strains. The minimum inhibitory concentration values of the four plant extracts varied between 0.03 and 590...
May 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332163/fermentation-of-dietetic-fiber-from-green-bean-and-prickly-pear-shell-by-pure-and-mixture-culture-of-lactobacillus-acidophilus-la-5-and-bifidobacterium-bifidum-450b
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Y N Mora-Cura, N P Meléndez-Rentería, M Delgado-García, J C Contreras-Esquivel, J A Morlett-Chávez, C N Aguilar, R Rodríguez-Herrera
The aim of this study was to evaluate the fermentation of dietary fiber from green bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and prickly pear shell (Opuntia ficus-indica) by Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5 and Bifidobacterium bifidum 450B growing as mono-culture and co-culture, the fermentation products, and proteins expressed during this process. The analysis of the fermentation profile showed a major growth of bacteria in the culture media of each dietary fiber supplemented with glucose, and particularly B. bifidum 450B at 48 h showed the highest growth...
March 23, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303158/antidiabetic-effect-of-fresh-nopal-opuntia-ficus-indica-in-low-dose-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats-fed-a-high-fat-diet
#12
Seung Hwan Hwang, Il-Jun Kang, Soon Sung Lim
The objective of the present study was to evaluate α-glucosidase inhibitory and antidiabetic effects of Nopal water extract (NPWE) and Nopal dry power (NADP) in low-dose streptozotocin- (STZ-) induced diabetic rats fed a high-fat diet (HFD). The type 2 diabetic rat model was induced by HFD and low-dose STZ. The rats were divided into four groups as follows: (1) nondiabetic rats fed a regular diet (RD-Control); (2) low-dose STZ-induced diabetic rats fed HFD (HF-STZ-Control); (3) low-dose STZ-induced diabetic rats fed HFD and supplemented with NPWE (100 mg/kg body weight, HF-STZ-NPWE); and (4) low-dose STZ-induced diabetic rats fed HFD and supplemented with comparison medication (rosiglitazone, 10 mg/kg, body weight, HF-STZ-Rosiglitazone)...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261812/the-fatty-acid-profile-of-fat-depots-from-santa-in%C3%A3%C2%AAs-sheep-fed-spineless-cactus-opuntia-ficus-indica-mill
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Roberto G Costa, Michelly D A Almeida, George Rodrigo B Cruz, Edvaldo M Beltrão Filho, Neila L Ribeiro, Marta S Madruga, Rita de Cássia R E Queiroga
BACKGROUND: Fat is the tissue that varies most in animals from both a quantitative and distribution perspective. It plays a fundamental biological role as energy storage during food scarcity. Renal, pelvic and internal fat are deposited first. These fats are used identify fatty acid profiles that may be considered beneficial or unhealthy. The aim of this study is to evaluate the fatty acid profile of fat depots in Santa Inês sheep finished in confinement with spineless cactus in their diets...
March 6, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220491/prevalence-and-behavior-of-multidrug-resistant-salmonella-strains-on-raw-whole-and-cut-nopalitos-opuntia-ficus-indica-l-and-on-nopalitos-salads
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Carlos A Gómez-Aldapa, Eduardo J Gutiérrez-Alcántara, M Refugio Torres-Vitela, Esmeralda Rangel-Vargas, Angelica Villarruel-López, Javier Castro-Rosas
BACKGROUND: The presence of multidrug-resistant Salmonella in vegetables is a significant public health concern. Nopalito is a cactaceous that is commonly consumed either raw or cooked in Mexico and other countries. The presence of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella strains on raw whole nopalitos (RWN, without prickles), raw nopalitos cut into squares (RNCS) and in cooked nopalitos salads (CNS) samples was determined. In addition, the behavior of multidrug-resistant Salmonella isolates on RWN, RNCS and CNS at 25° ± 2 °C and 3° ± 2 °C was investigated...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173866/opuntia-ficus-indica-cladodes-as-a-functional-ingredient-bioactive-compounds-profile-and-their-effect-on-antioxidant-quality-of-bread
#15
Lotfi Msaddak, Ola Abdelhedi, Amani Kridene, Mostafa Rateb, Lassaâd Belbahri, Emna Ammar, Moncef Nasri, Nacim Zouari
BACKGROUND: In the context of a balanced diet, the antioxidant-rich food consumption is a preventive way of many degenerative diseases. Consequently, improving the nutraceutical quality of traditional foods such as bakery products is an interesting approach. Considering the present consumer's demand, cladodes from prickly pear that were traditionally used as a valuable food as well as in folk medicine for the treatment of several chronic diseases were investigated for their use in bread production to improve its functionality...
February 7, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167451/immunoprotective-activity-and-antioxidant-properties-of-cactus-opuntia-ficus-indica-extract-against-chlorpyrifos-toxicity-in-rats
#16
Amani Smida, Saida Ncibi, Jihen Taleb, Anouar Ben Saad, Sana Ncib, Lazhar Zourgui
Opuntia ficus indica (family Cactaceae) is a typical Mediterranean plant, mainly used in food and traditional folk medicine. The present study was designed to evaluate the protective effect of Opuntia ficus indica extract against chlorpyrifos (CPF)-induced immunotoxicity in rats. The experimental animals consisted of four groups of Wistar rats (5-6 weeks old) of eight each: a control group, a group treated with CPF (10mg/kg), a group treated with Opuntia ficus indica extract (100mg/kg), and a group treated with cactus extract then treated with CPF...
April 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165410/bone-mineral-density-mechanical-microstructural-properties-and-mineral-content-of-the-femur-in-growing-rats-fed-with-cactus-opuntia-ficus-indica-l-mill-cactaceae-cladodes-as-calcium-source-in-diet
#17
Ezequiel Hernández-Becerra, Elsa Gutiérrez-Cortez, Alicia Del Real, Alejandra Rojas-Molina, Mario Rodríguez-García, Efraín Rubio, Michelle Quintero-García, Isela Rojas-Molina
Mechanical, microstructural properties, mineral content and bone mineral density (BMD) of the femur were evaluated in growing rats fed with Opuntia ficus indica (L.) Mill. (Cactaceae) cladodes at different maturity stages as calcium source. Male weanling rats were fed with cladodes at early maturity stage (25 and 60 days of age, belonging to groups N-60 and N-200, respectively) and cladodes at late maturity stage (100 and 135 days of age, belonging to groups N-400 and N-600, respectively) for 6 weeks. Additionally, a control group fed with calcium carbonate as calcium source was included for comparative purposes...
February 4, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146407/immunostimulatory-activity-of-opuntia-ficus-indica-var-saboten-cladodes-fermented-by-lactobacillus-plantarum-and-bacillus-subtilis-in-raw-264-7-macrophages
#18
Joon-Ho Hwang, Sang-Bin Lim
To increase the functionality of Opuntia ficus-indica var. saboten cladodes, it was fermented by Lactobacillus plantarum and Bacillus subtilis. Eighty percent methanol extracts were investigated for their effects on nitric oxide (NO) production, cytokine secretion, nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activity, and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) phosphorylation in RAW 264.7 cells. Methanol extracts of L. plantarum culture medium (LPCME) and B. subtilis culture medium (BSCME) did not affect lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced NO production but, at 500 μg/mL, increased interferon (IFN)-γ-induced NO production by 55...
February 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067864/protective-effect-of-cactus-cladode-extracts-on-peroxisomal-functions-in-microglial-bv-2-cells-activated-by-different-lipopolysaccharides
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Fatima-Ezzahra Saih, Pierre Andreoletti, Stéphane Mandard, Norbert Latruffe, M'Hammed Saïd El Kebbaj, Gérard Lizard, Boubker Nasser, Mustapha Cherkaoui-Malki
In this study, we aimed to evaluate the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Opuntia ficus-indica cactus cladode extracts in microglia BV-2 cells. Inflammation associated with microglia activation in neuronal injury can be achieved by LPS exposure. Using four different structurally and biologically well-characterized LPS serotypes, we revealed a structure-related differential effect of LPS on fatty acid β-oxidation and antioxidant enzymes in peroxisomes: Escherichia coli-LPS decreased ACOX1 activity while Salmonella minnesota-LPS reduced only catalase activity...
January 7, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987833/the-polysaccharide-and-low-molecular-weight-components-of-opuntia-ficus-indica-cladodes-structure-and-skin-repairing-properties
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Flaviana Di Lorenzo, Alba Silipo, Antonio Molinaro, Michelangelo Parrilli, Chiara Schiraldi, Antonella D'Agostino, Elisabetta Izzo, Luisa Rizza, Andrea Bonina, Francesco Bonina, Rosa Lanzetta
The Opuntia ficus-indica multiple properties are reflected in the increasing interest of chemists in the identification of its natural components having pharmaceutical and/or cosmetical applications. Here we report the structural elucidation of Opuntia ficus-indica mucilage that highlighted the presence of components differing for their chemical nature and the molecular weight distribution. The high molecular weight components were identified as a linear galactan polymer and a highly branched xyloarabinan. The low molecular weight components were identified as lactic acid, D-mannitol, piscidic, eucomic and 2-hydroxy-4-(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-butanoic acids...
February 10, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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