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Turkey Medicals – although the cactus fruit may sound creepy at first, there is a soft and nutrient-rich fruit inside its prickly outer parts. What is cactus fruit, or otherwise frankincense fig, which can be consumed in different ways, how to eat it? Here are some curious things about cactus fruit.

It is curious about the properties of cactus fruit, the name of which we have just heard in our country. In our news, what is cactus fruit, which has a tasty and useful fruit inside, in contrast to its prickly outer parts, how to consume it, what are its benefits.

What is cactus fruit?

Cactus fruit, also known as chives and chives, is the typical species of the genus Opuntia classified in the family of cacti (Cactaceae). it is a fleshy fruit 5-10 cm long with a peel of red, yellow, orange colors.

Where does cactus fruit grow?

Cactus fruit comes from the Opuntia cactus species native to Central America and the drier, desert regions of North America. In Turkey, it can also grow on the Mediterranean and Aegean coastal coastlines.

How to eat cactus fruit?

The cactus fruit has a large number of spines on it, and inside are its seeds. The taste of peeled cactus flowers is sweet and juicy. After the cactus fruit is peeled, it can be consumed simply, added to dessert recipes or turned into a refreshing drink.

What are the benefits of cactus fruit?

Cactus fruit contains health-promoting nutrients such as amino acids, fatty acids, and antioxidants such as betalains, polyphenols, and flavonoids.

Cardiovascular and metabolic health

Cactus fruit nutrients vary, but all cactus fruits contain a variety of antioxidants that are known to protect cells. These antioxidants help lower triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels in your body. They can also reduce body fat percentages and help lower your risk of metabolic syndrome.

Promotes digestion

Cactus fruit can help improve your digestion thanks to the betalain and potassium it contains. Potassium helps to better absorb food, while betalains are anti-inflammatory and help protect your digestive tract.

Nutritional values

Cactus fruits are rich in a number of vitamins and antioxidants, and the most abundant are betalains. These fruits are also good sources of:

– Vitamin C

– Vitamin E

– Vitamin K

– Beta carotene

– Potassium

– Magnesium

– Calcium

– Phosphorus

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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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