Healthy Hollywood: Ask Keri Glassman — Why Should I Drink Cactus Juice?
NEW YORK, N.Y. --
Nutritionist Keri Glassman, who regularly shares her expertise on Access Hollywood and Access Hollywood Live, is answering your nutrition, diet, and health questions.
Want to know which foods to curb sugar cravings? Or, what should you eat before a workout? Ask Keri anything!
Keri will choose one great question a week to be answered Thursday in our Healthy Hollywood column.
To submit questions for Keri, click HERE!
This week’s question…
“I hear cactus juice is really good for arthritis. My parents are buying it whole and blending it. True?” – Alex S., Wisconsin
What Is It?
Cactus juice, also known as prickly pear juice or nopales juice, is exactly as the name suggests – juice from an edible cactus plant. And no, this juice that we’re referring to is not vodka (in case you didn’t know, certain types of alcoholic beverages are made from cactus plants). These cacti are common in Mexico and other regions of Central America. Recently becoming more popular in the United States, these fruits are popping up in specialty stores and farmer’s markets.
What Are The Health Benefits?
Cactus juice is loaded with nutrients that give it many health benefits including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As we age (no stopping this process sorry!) our cells break down and produce what are known as free radicals. Free radicals are “bad guys” because they cause oxidative damage, which disrupts normal cell functioning and is linked to inflammation, premature aging, heart disease, cancer, and a host of other illnesses.
Free radicals also arise from pollution, the sun and even some foods we eat! In a nutshell, free radicals cause damage and antioxidants can help protect us from them. Vitamin C is one of the many powerful antioxidants found in cactus juice. Though not clinically proven to cure arthritis, cactus juice may help alleviate inflammatory-associated pain for some people. In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, subjects given cactus juice showed significantly improved markers of oxidative stress (aka free radical damage).Another bonus – cactus fruit is a good source of calcium.
Calcium is important as most of know, for building healthy teeth and bones. So smile and show off those pearly whites because the benefits don’t stop just yet. Studies have shown that nutrients found in certain types of cactus plants can improve your hangover by fighting inflammation accompanied with alcohol intake! That’s right - the same family of plants used to make alcohol can also save you when you’ve drank too much. Looks like the insides of these plants are nothing like their dangerous spiky outsides.
So, Is It Worth It To Drink This Stuff?
Let’s see. One cup of raw prickly pear juice has about 15 calories, small amounts of sugar, and contains roughly 15% of the daily value for calcium andvitamin C. As far as nutrients go, yes, it seems to be worth it.
Brand names of this juice can be expensive, so if you don’t want to spend the extra cash you can try making it fresh or remember all the other ways to get your vitamin C such as berries and kiwi.
Though this elixir is not a magical cure for anything there are definite health and there’s no harm in trying it out! If nothing else, it’s a great low-cal way for you to increase your calcium and vitamin C intake, and reap the benefits of antioxidants.
-- Terri MacLeod & Keri Glassman
Copyright 2013 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Ask Keri Glassman: How To Get Your Kids To Eat Healthier Food
Getting kids to eat right can be a challenge, so nutritionist Keri Glassman visits Access Hollywood Live to share tips on how parents can get their kids to improve their nutrition intake. Her book, “The New You (and Improved!) Diet: 8 Rules To Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever,” is in stores now.
Cooking With Todd English: Recipes To Shed The Winter Weight
As winter comes to a close soon, people may want to shed a few extra pounds. One way to get started is to change meals from heavy food to lighter dishes. Celebrity chef Todd English visits Access Hollywood Live to share tips about having a spring fling with some lighter foods.
Foods That Can Keep You Physically Fit
Denise Austin brings her enthusiasm for health to Access Hollywood Live to share what foods can help you lose weight, strengthen your heart and keep you fit. Denise’s book “Side Effect: Skinny” is in stores now.
Jennifer Love Hewitt Talks The Client List Season 2 Plotline & Sexy Promotion
Jennifer Love Hewitt chats with Access about “The Client List” Season 2. What can fans expect to see this season? Plus, what happened to her risqué Season 1 billboard that was removed last year? Was it her decision to take it down? Lastly, how did working out help her through a rough time? “The Client List” returns March 10 at 10/9c on Lifetime.
Faith Hill & Tim McGraw: Do They Have A Favorite Bruce Springsteen Song?
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw chat with Access at the 2013 Musicares event, which honored Bruce Springsteen. Do they have a favorite Bruce Springsteen song? Plus, what does Faith thing of her husband’s chiseled physique?
How Does Minka Kelly Stay Fit & Healthy?
At her dress fitting for the Red Dress Fashion Show, Minka Kelly tells Access why staying fit is important to her. Also, she talks with Access about cooking and eating healthy foods.
Katy Perry Reveals How She Stays Fit & Her Favorite Workout Music
Katy Perry chats with Access’ Kit Hoover about how she stays fit. How does her fitness regimen change when she is on tour versus when she is home? Plus, what is her daily fitness goal? And, what music does she listen to when she works out?
The Virgin Diet: Lose 7 Pounds In 7 Days With 7 Foods
Losing weight is the top New Year’s resolution, but unfortunately, only 8 percent of people will reach their goal. The biggest diet culprit may be the foods people think are healthy, so nutritionist and author of “The Virgin Diet,” JJ Virgin visits Access Hollywood Live to list foods that people should take off of their plates now.
Foods That Help Fight The Flu
Dr. Melina Jampolis shares with Access Hollywood Live’s Billy Bush and Kit Hoover different foods that help fight the flu. Plus, what are other things you can do to help prevent catching the flu? Dr. Melina Jampolis’ book, “The Calendar Diet,” is in stores now.
Ask Keri Glassman: Simple Slim-Down Methods!
Nutritionist Keri Glassman gives Billy Bush and Kit Hoover some simple slim-down rules from her new book, “The New You (and Improved!) Diet: 8 Rules To Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever,” which is available in stores now.
The 8-Hour Diet: Watch The Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat!
Wellness expert David Zinczenko chats with Access Hollywood Live’s Kit Hoover and guest co-host Willie Geist about his new book, “The 8-Hour Diet.” How does this diet help you to quickly lose the unwanted pounds while still eating whatever you want?
Al Roker Talks Winning The Weight Loss Battle For Good
Al Roker chats with Access Hollywood Live’s Kit Hoover and guest co-host Willie Geist about his new book, “Never Going Back: Winning The Weight Loss Battle For Good.” What motivated him to get healthy? Plus, how has losing the weight changed his life?
How To Exercise During Holiday Traveling!
Celebrity trainer David Kirsch visits Access Hollywood Live to show Billy Bush and guest host Jamie-Lynn Sigler tips for how they can exercise even while they’re traveling this holiday season. Plus, David impresses the hosts by doing push-ups with his two children sitting on his back!
How To Alleviate Morning Sickness For Pregnant Moms
Duchess Kate Middleton’s bout with severe morning sickness was highly publicized, and many pregnant women suffer from the same symptoms. So, nutritionist Ashley Koff visits Access Hollywood Live to share her morning sickness survival guide. Ashley’s book, “Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged,” is in stores now.
How Does Kate Hudson Stay In Shape?
Kate Hudson tells Access she stays fit by doing Pilates and working out, but what’s her favorite work out? Also, she talks about how she gets son Ryder involved in cooking healthy meals. Plus, how is it being a mother of two kids now?
101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without: The Prevention Cookbook Demonstration
We’ve all heard the slogan, “You are what you eat.” Today, on Access Hollywood Live, Prevention Magazine’s contributing editor Leslie Bonci puts that theory to the healthy test with healing recipes from their new cookbook, “101 Recipes You Can’t Live Without: The Prevention Cookbook,” which is in stores now.
Jane Fonda Talks Starting The Home Video Workout Business
Jane Fonda chats with Access about starting the home video workout revolution with her iconic exercise videos. How did making fitness videos change her life? And, why was she at first hesitant to get into that business? Plus, what does she think when she sees her iconic fitness style from the ‘70s? Lastly, what would people tell her about how her workout videos changed their lives?
Billy Bush Undergoes First Acupuncture Treatment
Lots of celebrities, including Mariah Carey and Gwyneth Paltrow, boast about the benefits of acupuncture, so Dr. Jeanne Wilson of East West Essentials in Beverly Hills visits Access Hollywood Live to give a demonstration for how it works. Check out Billy Bush and Kit Hoover enjoying the treatment! For more info, visit www.eastwestessentials.com.
Billy Burke Reveals His Revolution Workout
Billy Burke chats with Access’ Shaun Robinson at the Hollywood premiere of “Breaking Dawn - Part 2.” How does he stay in shape for his role on the NBC show, “Revolution”? Plus, which prop does Billy wish he was able to take home from the first “Twilight” movie?
How To Alleviate The Holiday Overeating Binge
The holidays turn many of us into overeating machines, so nutritionist Kimberly Snyder visits Access Hollywood Live to share tips with Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on how to beat the holiday bloat.
Thanksgiving Workout: Burn Off The Extra Calories With Astrid McGuire
The day after Thanksgiving means it’s time to start burning off all those Thanksgiving calories — and celebrity trainer Astrid McGuire visits Access Hollywood Live to make sure that Billy Bush and Kit Hoover start working up a sweat!
Keira Knightley Talks Embracing Her Skinny Figure & Not Wanting To Be A Role Model
Keira Knightley chats with Access at the “Anna Karenina” press junket about the pressure society puts on women to look a certain way. Plus, why doesn’t she want to be a role model? And, what are her rules for being nude in movies?
Billy Billy Bush & Kit Hoover Experiment With Chinese Cupping Therapy
Therapists Lori Deutsch and Homa Sajadian from Exhale Spa give Billy Bush and Kit Hoover a demonstration about how the Chinese treatment called cupping works. What did Billy and Kit think about their experience?
Why Did Michelle Pfeiffer Adopt A Vegan Diet?
Michelle Pfeiffer chats with Access at the 8th annual Elyse Walker Pink Party, which she hosted, about what motivated her to adopt a vegan diet. Plus, why is it important to her to support this event?
Brooke Burke-Charvet’s Sexy Lingerie Shoot!
Brooke Burke-Charvet’s love for design led her to become the creative director for intimint.com, and the mother of four showed off her amazing body as the model for the new winter lingerie line.
Healthy Hollywood: Try It On Tuesday – Molly Sims’ Happiest Time Ever!
Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin’ Monday – Train With Madonna!
Healthy Hollywood: Fab Food Friday – Healthy Father’s Day Recipes!
Healthy Hollywood: Basketball Player Chris Paul Is An All-Star Dad!
Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday – A Fitness Rx For TV’s Favorite Dads!
Healthy Hollywood: Try It On Tuesday – Kerri Walsh Jennings’ Post-Baby Workout!
Healthy Hollywood: Fab Food Friday – Brew A Healthier Drink!
Healthy Hollywood: A Champion Of A Long, Healthy Life!
Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday – Designs On A Healthy Life!
Healthy Hollywood: Try It On Tuesday – Lusting For Kim K’s Lashes!
Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin’ Monday - The World’s Most Gorgeous Athlete!
Healthy Hollywood: Fab Food Friday – Stars Favorite Super Seed!
Healthy Hollywood: Ryan Reynolds Beefs Up!
Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday – Be Ab-Tastic Now!
Healthy Hollywood: Try It On Tuesday – Get Your Freekeh On!
Healthy Hollywood: Memorial Day Party Ideas!
Healthy Hollywood: Try It On Tuesday – Memorial Day BBQ Recipes!
Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin’ Monday – Reggie Bush’s Cool Down Mission!
Healthy Hollywood: Fab Food Friday – Berries Do A Body Good!
Healthy Hollywood: Ask Keri Glassman — Should I Be Worried About M&Ms?
Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday – Alison Sweeney’s Novel Dream!
Healthy Hollywood: Try It On Tuesday – Vanessa Williams’ Heart-Healthy Lifestyle!
Healthy Hollywood: Get Movin’ Monday – Great Gatsby-Inspired Workout!
Healthy Hollywood: Fab Food Friday – Nurture Mom’s Spirit!
Healthy Hollywood: Mother’s Day Dos & Don’ts!
Hollywood’s Hottest Beach Bodies — The Girls!
Check out Hollywood’s lovely ladies stripping down & soaking up some sun!
Hollywood’s Hottest Beach Bodies — The Guys!
Hollywood hunks strip down and show off their rockin’ beach bods!
The Biggest Loser: Sweat, Tears & Trainers!
All the hot shots from the 2013 season of “The Biggest Loser.”
Body After Baby: Stars Who Slimmed Down After Giving Birth
Shots of Hollywood’s hottest mamas before and after the arrivals of their little ones!
Workin’ Up A Sweat With Stars Staying Fit
These celebs prove keeping up a great bod takes work! Check out these hot shots of celebrities working out over the years.
Funky Fitness Fads From Hollywood
Wonder about how your favorite celebs slim down and tone up? Check out these photos of some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities and see how they keep in shape with unique workouts year round.