Survivalist Tip: If you have to evacuate your home when the apocalypse hits, or if you’ll be on foot anyway, one thing you might consider taking with you is cactus juice. For centuries the indigenous peoples of what are now Latin America and the American Southwest have used cactus juice as a nutritional source. Now scientific research has proven there are actual benefits to it. For one thing cactus juice is rich in a rare antioxidant called betalain, which is actually the pigment that gives the prickly pears that attractive reddish pink color. But, altogether juice from the prickly pear cactus can:
- Decrease inflammation, the leading cause of pain in the body
- Cleanse cells of harmful toxins
- Reduce swelling in the joints and muscles
- Improve breathing
- Ward off annoying relatives
Whether you’ll be in your home or traversing the barren wasteland, you must be in peak physical condition. It’s one reason why the native peoples of the Americas could survive so long in a harsh environment, often without running fresh water or coffee shops. The strength provided by cactus juice also helped Native Americans stave off some of the diseases brought by the first Europeans, such as jock itch and Catholicism. Therefore, it’ll be an essential tool in your arsenal, as you struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. With all you have to worry about, annoying relatives trying to take your food shouldn’t be one of them.