Last update Oct. 7, 2023

Prickly Pear

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Leaves, flowers and fruits are used. It contains mucilages, peptin, flavonoids, tannins, vitamin C and carotenoids. Traditional use as a diuretic and astringent( No indication has been approved by the Commission E of the German Ministry of Health. (Blumenthal 1998)

At the date of the last update we found no published data in relation to breastfeeding.

Plant devoid of toxicity (EFSA 2012) and widely consumed in the gastronomy of various regions of the world. Compatible with breastfeeding.

May stain body fluids red-orange.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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  1. Vanaclocha B, Cañigueral S. 1992 - - Disponible en: Consulted on Dec. 21, 2023 Abstract
  2. EMA-EFSA. Compendium of botanicals reported to contain naturally occuring substances of possible concern for human health when used in food and food supplements. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). 2012 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  3. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, Gruenwald J, Hall T, Riggins CW, Rister RS, editors. The American Botanical Council. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Integrative Medicine Com; Boston, MA, USA: 1998

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