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.
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!