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Nopalea Review - Does This Wellness Drink Really Work? Are high price and lack of real results deal breakers?

By Summer Banks on Oct 05, 2016
Nopalea Review

There has been plenty of buzz about Nopalea lately, so we believed an in-depth review was in order. The spotlight was placed on ingredients, side effects, clinical research and customer service quality. Additionally, we analyzed hundreds of comments and testimonials. Then, we summarized and refined to give you the info you need.


What is Nopalea?

To begin, Nopalea ingredients are water, opuntia concentrate, agave nectar, grape seed, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry extracts, amylase, cellulase, hemicellulase, ananas comosus, papain (carica papaya) and lipase. It promotes wellness by focusing on antioxidant effects, boosting immunity and reducing inflammation. It’s recommended you take three to six ounces per day. Based on the serving size, one bottle could last 10 days.

Nopalea is marketed as an all-natural beverage consisting of nitrogen-containing pigments called Betalains. TriVita Wellness is the company behind the beverage and was founded in 1999. You can purchase bottle on the official website or through third party retailers. We like that we found some favorable customer comments and the inclusion of a few natural ingredients, but read on…

High Price – “Breaking the Bank?”

The first concern we had with Nopalea ingredients was the steep price tag. “If you drink only three ounces per day, a bottle will only last you about 10 days,” said our Research Editor. “This means you’ll need to purchase multiple-bottles costing more than $105 per month.”

“First, the price is insane. You are paying $8 for a small glass of mixed juice,” said one person.

“This stuff is so expensive. It is maybe a 5-day supply at most. Even if it did work, it is a total ripoff,” commented another.

However, we found that some users didn’t mind the cost. “It costs more than similar products, but what’s inside is what counts,” stated a dieter.

Lack of Results – “No Changes?”

We searched “Nopalea side effects” and we only found a few results. We did find some customers complaining about lack of results. One user stated, “Didn’t see any improvement after using this product.”

Another person revealed, “A complete waste of your hard-earned dollars. There’s nothing in Nopalea that helps me feel better.”

We dug a bit deeper and found that some dieters report their positive experiences using Nopalea. “I like it. More mobility in my knees and shoulders,” reported a customer.

“Tastes good and works pretty good. I feel like it made my feet stop swelling,” stated another.

Throughout our extensive research, we found that when anything relating to a supplement is considered concerning, like not producing results, long-term success is limited. We see additional concerns if customers don’t see results while using Nopalea.

What About Solid Science?

Looking at the official website, one would think Nopalea was the next superfood beverage. We wanted to know what research had to say. There are studies showing some of the ingredients could promote antioxidant effects, but there’s no connection to weight-loss. Also, the vitamins in this one don’t add anymore value than eating common fruits and vegetables. We like seeing clinical research used to back the claims of a supplement. But, for us at DietSpotlight, when there’s no science-based facts, we become concerned.

The Bottom Line – Does Nopalea Work?

Are you racing out for Nopalea? Before you do, here’s our final thoughts. Well, we like that we found some favorable customer comments and that it contains a few natural ingredients. But, with no direct connection to weight-loss, we can only be skeptical about this one. Also, customers talking about not seeing results and a price that breaks the back leaves us hesitant about making suggestions.

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About the Author:

Summer Banks is an ISSA-Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist and has reviewed over 2000 diet products. She has years of nursing training, experience as a manager responsible for 15 supplement brands, and completed coursework on Food and Nutrition from Stanford University. full bio.

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What You Should Know

Nopalea is an antioxidant supplements that claims to include all-natural ingredients boosting the immune system and weight loss naturally. There are several "official" websites for Nopalea as the product tends to be sold through independent affiliates from the TriVita corporation. TriVita also sells Nopalea on the company website.

List of Ingredients

Water, Nopal Cactus Fruit Pulp, Agave Nectar, Grape Seed Extract, Raspberry Extract, Strawberry Extract, Cranberry Extract, Apple Extract, Apricot Extract, Mango Extract, Orange Concentrate Juice, Papaya Concentrate, Tomato Concentrate Fruit, Kiwi Concentrate, Guava, Lemon Concentrate, Peach Concentrate Juice, Pomegranate Extract, Grape Tea Extract, Beet Juice, Bilberry Concentrate, Acerola Cherry Extract, Amylase, Hemicellulase, Proteases, Stevia Extract Leaf, Guar Gum, Maltodextrin, Cherry Powder, Xanthum Gum.

Product Features

The ingredients are not listed on the TriVita website, that we could find, but they were clearly listed on several affiliate websites. Nopalea is packed with fruit concentrates and extracts and while these will have an antioxidant effect, they could also have a diuretic and laxative effect on the body. One serving size of Nopalea is two tablespoons which claims to pack in a proprietary blend of 907.17 grams. If the label is listed based on the highest concentration being first, water would make up the majority of those 907 grams. There are no weight loss ingredients included in the Nopalea formula. Aside from fruit and a bit of thickening agent, the drink is nothing more than a fruit concentrate.

We are a bit concerned about the claims on the TriVita Nopalea website. The drink is supposed to help relieve pain and make breathing easier. If the product is taken on a daily basis the dieter could see reduced inflammation, detoxification of the body and improved cell health, but no matter how healthy fruit juice may be these are some pretty big claims.

Nopalea sells for $139.99 for four 32-ounce bottles. This price is much higher than any other natural product boating antioxidant support.

See Our Featured


  • Ingredient list found online.
  • Official website sells the product.


  • Fruit juice is not a weight loss product.
  • The ingredient list contains no fat burners or appetite suppressants.
  • At only two tablespoons, the dieter could get more out of increasing fruit intake.
  • No support is given for the claims of improved health when taking the supplement.
  • Testimonials are not available on the website.


We would tell consumers to stay away from the Nopalea product and others like it. Nopalea is a fruit juice concentrate that may cause dehydration and diarrhea as is the case with natural fruit juices. The price is far too expensive for any fruit supplement with other superfoods like Acai berry being offered for a mere fraction of the $139.99 cost.

16 User Reviews About Nopalea

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  • 1

    had inflammation in th bottom of my feet I took nopolea for a yearll and haven’t had the problem since.


  • 2

    I’m trying to find out about the nopalea product



    Hi Mark! For detailed product and usage instructions, please refer to the Nopalea official website for more information.


  • 3

    I had surgery for endometriosis in 2015, it was Grade 4, which is the worst it can be, bleeding has reduced significantly, but the pain is still really bad. Also, my husband broke his L4,L5,S1 in 2012, he had surgery, but is still in chronic pain 24/7. I am considering trying Nopalea for both of us, but I think it is quite expensive.


  • 4

    I have osteoarthritis in my hands shoulders knees and some symptoms in my feet. Years ago I started taking Nopalea. The pain in my feet quit completely. Also the pain in my hands stopped but my thumbs are starting to deteriorate slightly. Recently I moved to a new town so I stopped the Nopalea temporarily. I find that my hands and feet are starting to give pain symptoms again. I will go back on the Nopalea to see if this pain goes away again..


  • 5

    Nopalea worked for me. I had a lot of pain in hands. Could not even shake anyone’s hand anymore. I tried Nopalea. After 3 bottles I had no more pain. So I took it for years. Then I had so much I stopped my orders. Now that I am out of it and forgot order any more. I’ve been off of it for about 4 months and the pain in my hands is coming back. So I’m gonna order some more right now. It worked for me. .



    I tried Nopalea about 4 years ago. I had all kinds of aches and pains especially in my knees and hands. It worked for me and those aches and pains went away. I stopped because I couldn’t afford it. Again I have aches and pains but now the difference is I have been diagnosed with liver disease (Cirrhosis). I would like to find out if it would be safe for me to take Nopalea again. Nopalea.


    Jessica (Editor)

    Hi Gloria. Please make sure to consult with your physician before continuing to take this product and let them know about the side effects you were experiencing.


  • 6

    Tell us your thoughts about Nopalea. I had the opportunity to try Nopalea, I’ve had severe inflammation in my intestinal tract for years , and within 4 days my flare ups were gone! I’m so excited about this, I’ve never had anything work for me other than this product!! 5 stars, amazing results!!


  • 7
    Susan Smith Name

    I have SEVERE Fibro Myalgia, first diagnosed as Epstein Barr in 1987 with a rider level of 1700. I could find nothing to help me. In approximately 2008 I was prescribed Lyrica. The price even with insurance was higher than Nopelea. I experienced severe weight gain and swelling in my hands and feet, and had suicidal thoughts! The Dr kept increasing the dosage as I was so young and in incredible pain. I finally realized the danger I was in and discontinued use of the drug! Several months later I saw an infomercial for Nopelea and figured I had nothing to lose. After 3 weeks MY PAIN AND BRAIN FOG WAS GONE!!! I continued using Noplea regularly for about 18 months. During that time my husband injured his rotator cuff. He scoffed that Nopelea was helping me. “It’s all in your head!” Well he tried it and it made a believer of him! I had to discontinue use in 2013 for financial reasons. I have had very few problems with Fibromyalgia until today, June 2016. I now live in the dry climate of Arizona but am experiencing severe pain! I am ordering more Noplea and have no doubt it will work beautifully without nasty side effects nor harmful chemicals!


  • 8
    bowling joondalup

    Some really nice and utilitarian information on this internet site, as well I believe the style and design has excellent features.


  • 9
    g evans

    I took nopalea for my knees in a day or two I broke out in a rash with swelling with in a week I had to go to the hospital,too hospital trips and a stay of 7 to 1o days I have been under a DR SINCE 2010 I am in contious pain on pain meds daily I had muscle loss stifness and some paralysis I would be careful about this product.


  • 10

    My grandma and Grandpa lived to 100 years old my grandma died because my dad put her in a nursing home and she went on a hunger strike but she was walking around at that age with no pain they ate cactus their whole life they were from Zacateca Mexico where cactus is abundance


  • 11
    Gloria Villarreal

    My mother has diabetes and kidney problems and she always complains that her body hurts . She takes all this kind of medications my question is Can she take nopalea ?


  • 12
    Josephine Mastran

    as a child I ate the prickly pear also known as the nopelya to this day I do not have inflammation arthiritis or varicous viens I have stood on my feet for 50 years as a hair dresser my legs do not show it I am slways asked how come now I know my older siter is the same but my other two sibblings did not eat this fruit and have a vast of complaints I wish I knew where I could buy the fruit so glad I ate is for many years I lived in Trenton NJ and we bought it in the Italian section kwon as the bury thank you prickly pear



    I’m on my legs,feet 14-18 per day I work at the hospital.I noticed I have a few spider veins.Will this product help.I tried wearing to stocking but there too hot.I work sometimes 6 days in a row,so if this product works I”ll try it and tell my co-workers…Thanks Rose


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