Cactus water has all the beauty and health benefits we want in a trendy non-water water (It reduces under-eye puffiness! And helps curb muscle damage after a gym session!) but it also has half the sugar and calories of most coconut water brands. Seems to be a worthy heir to the throne, doesn’t it?
Caliwater—extracted from the prickly pear cactus—seems poised to give the omnipresent coconut water a run for its money. It claims to offer similar health benefits, but is lower in sugar and calories.
Not only does it deliver an intense hydrating effect to your body, but it also helps prevent moisture loss in your skin by enhancing the efficiency of your skin’s barrier function and preserving its natural oils.
It’s earthy, almost berry-ish taste comes from prickly pear cactus extract and juice, which is said to be a hangover helper.
Prickly pear cactus is the only fruit which contains all 24 known betalains AKA powerful antioxidants, like calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which revitalize skin for a healthy glow and fight signs of aging.
Why we love it: Popular in Latin America, prickly pear is rich in antioxidants and carotenoids, magnesium, and vitamin C.
It has just 35 calories per box and very little sodium. It can give you good hydration for shorter distances, like a 5K.
The antioxidants in the cactus fruit potentially prevent premature aging, reduce inflammation, and detoxify the body.