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Nopalea – What Is It? Is It A Scam Or Does It Work?

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Nopalea has been around for a couple years, but I was just recently got curious when a couple different friends started asking me about it. So I figured it was high time to give it a look and see what it’s all about and whether it actually works or if it’s just another clever scam those by blood sucking health market predators. Let’s take a look…

What is Nopalea?

Nopalea is a health drink from TriVita that uses the antioxidants found in the Nopal cactus to relieve inflammation. This is meant to help pain relief, allergies, heart problems, digestive problems and fatigue. Or, at least that’s what their marketing hype says, in a nutshell. What it actually is, is a proprietary blend of about 20 different juice concentrates, water and a few additives. The first thing listed after water is concentrate of the Nopal cactus. It’s a “proprietary” mix though so we have no way of knowing (without a spectrometer) how much of each is actually in there.

With so many ingredients, I have to wonder just how much of each you’re actually getting in a 2 tablespoon serving.

The marketing for this health drink is pretty typical with lots of powerful claims, official looking information, and the obligatory testimonials, but no real scientific studies to be found. There’s very little in the way of real information on the website. Just a lot of official looking blurbs, but one in particular stood out and kind of pissed me off… “Nopalea’s Nopal cactus fruit contains a very rare and powerful class of antioxidants called Betalains”.

It’s true that Nopal contains Betalains, but saying it’s “very rare”, puh-leeeeeze. It’s found it beets, spinach, Swiss chard and several other common plants. Friggin marketing hype, sheesh.

Another one that caught my attention was that they state that the only sweetener they use is Agave nectar, but the ingredients include Stevia. Now Stevia is okay with me, but it leaves me suspicious of their honesty and attention to detail. You’re dealing with peoples’ health here, you best get it right!

There’s another big red flag at the bottom of the propaganda site, err ah I mean product website…

Order the free trial and you get “The Secret Killer Health Alert”!

Wow! Secret, Killer, Alert!!! That’s three psychological trigger words in on short sentence. I better order this now or some secret is going to kill me!!! …Or maybe, it’s just a hook to get you signed up on some kind of rebill scam.

Seriously, if you have information about something that is killing people, you can either be cool and share it with the world or be a huge asshole and keep it a secret unless you pay money, hmmmmm….

Does Nopalea work?

Well, I don’t have any of the ailments that Nopalea targets, so I went digging for what others had to say about it. To my surprise there weren’t too many negative comments about the product’s effectiveness. Most of the complaints were about the price. There are, however, quite a few positive comments. Now, that could be a good sign, but it could also be AstroTurfing (paid fake comments). You can read through some at Amazon and decide for yourself.

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Nopalea Four Pack for $199 on Amazon

In my humble opinion, Nopalea is just a gimmick,  an over-priced pink magic bullet being marketed at 4:00 in the morning to disadvantaged people with serious problems. I think the success that people report is most likely psychosomatic which is really common with higher price products like this (we need it to work, so we don’t feel stupid for being tricked.) However, with that being said, if it works for you, great! Who cares why as long as it relieves your pain.

I really think you’d be better off by changing your diet and adding Nopal cactus to it. It would be cheaper and more beneficial than $50 pink bottles of mysterious magical elixir! If you still want to try it for yourself though, the picture to the right has the best price I could find. Let us know how it goes!

To your health,
Randy “The Inflamitory Informer” Lee

P.S. If you have used Nopalea, tell us about it in the comments (good or bad). We would love to get some feedback on my opinion!

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18 Responses to “Nopalea – What Is It? Is It A Scam Or Does It Work?”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Ive been using Nopalea for a year and have had great success. I had issues with digestion, knee joint and back pain for a few years. I can only say for myself that it has helped me immensely and other family and friendsthat I have be recommended it to. Im not saying its a cure all and I still have occasional pain…. just not as intense (alot less intense) as it was before and im also im a very lazy person (phyically)so I didnt have to change my unhealthy lifestyle one bit!! my only issue is the price but if you become a member its cheaper and after 6 months I reduced my intake so I only order every couple of months. However I am considering just sourcing the cactus fruit and trying that for awhile just to see how it works?? could be a cheaper option.

  2. Sonji Uasai says:

    Sonji of Hopewell va, Ive thought about buying Nopalea I also suffer from lower back pain. if anyone knows of a cheaper recipe send me a e-mail at

  3. Lou says:

    On ebay or mexican markets

  4. GEORGE says:


    • ray fowler says:

      I believe this cure all was marketed in the wild west by various scam artists usually referred to as Dr Feelgoods magic elixir. a cure all for every known ailment to man.

    • Lou says:

      I buy 16 prickly pears skin them put them in a blender than through a strainer add 8 ounces of water and I have 32 ounces of homemade Nopela juice for $4

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s easy to grow. Just keep away from small children. You can harvest and use the whole plant not just the prickly pears.

  5. sal says:

    I have been eating nopales since I was 10 yerars old and now at 69 I feel good for my age. I think the nopales keep me in good health. I clean and chop the nopal pads and eat them raw yum.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I would sure love that nopal smoothie recipe f0r my kids?

    • randy says:

      I found two nopal smoothie recipes so far that look interesting…

      2 medium-sized nopal pads, chopped
      1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped
      1 lime, juiced
      1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice or 1 cup cut-up watermelon or other fresh fruit
      2 mint leaves, optional, plus more for garnish

      Add all ingredients to blender and zizz until smooth.
      Pour over ice (optional) and add mint leaf for garnish.


      1 orange
      1 cup nopalitos
      1 cup papaya

      Blend all the ingredients
      Add water

      Going to have to give them a try soon.

      – Randy

  7. Rachel says:

    I remember my great grandmother, making us a nopal smoothie as a child and always saying how good it was for us! Now as an adult with children, I make the same smoothie for my kids…. That and a salad, or cooked with eggs….. It’s a great food really…. However my son and I both deal with cronic back pain, so I’m not to sure about that part of the claims.. but it does help stabilize blood sugar for sure

    • randy says:

      Hey Rachel, I don’t suppose you have a recipe for that smoothie you could share? I bet a lot of people would be interested in seeing that. I’ve had it in a salad, but never a smoothie. I’d like to give that a try myself…

      – Randy

  8. Irene says:

    I would say just eat the cactus! It’s actually tasty as a salad. =)

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