is the Delicious End to Cancer
by Barbara Minton
TBYIL articles by Barbara Minton
Imagine sunshine, tropical breezes and relaxation. If you put a fruit in
that picture, it's probably pineapple, the sweet juicy gift from the
tropics. Just like a tropical vacation can ease the mind, pineapple can ease
the body. Bromelain, the key enzyme in pineapple, banishes inflammation as
effectively as drugs. It reduces swelling, treats arthritis and gout, and
speeds digestion of proteins. And research is now showing that pineapple is
highly effective at shrinking tumors and sending cancer on the run.
Bromelain keeps cancers from getting started and shrinks
The people of South America, China and Southwest Asia have long recognized
the medicinal qualities of bromelain from pineapple. In a review of current
evidence and data, scientists at the University of Oxford in the UK are
pointing out the virtues of pineapple to Europe and the U.S. They note that
bromelain is effective against cancer by shrinking tumors. Bromelain has the
ability to dissolve fibrin, the protein based defense shield that protects
tumors, leading to their elimination. They also note evidence from clinical
observations and study models suggesting that bromelain has the capacity to
modulate key pathways supporting malignancy. This anti-cancer activity
consists of a direct impact on cancer cells and their micro-environment, as
well as in the modulation of immune, inflammatory and hemostatic systems.
Bromelain is able to normalize breast cancer cells to the point where they
die on schedule in a process known as apoptosis, according to scientists at
the Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research in Florida. Cancer cells are only
a threat when they refuse to die and multiply instead.
Scientists at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research in India have
reported the anti-inflammatory, anti-invasive and anti-metastatic properties
of bromelain. They studied its anti-tumor effects against induced skin tumor
formation in mice.
They found that pre-treatment with bromelain resulted in a reduction in
cumulative number of tumors and in average number of tumors per mouse.
Reduction in tumor volume was a whopping 65%. Bromelain resulted in
up-regulation of the anti-cancer gene p53. The scientists concluded that
bromelain was protective of DNA formation, and able to prevent inappropriate
cell signaling cascades.
Bromelain has strong anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits
Bromelain from pineapple is a complex mixture of substances, the most widely
studied of which is a group of protein digesting enzymes, known as
proteolytic enzymes. These enzymes give bromelain its ability to dissolve
fibrin as well as blood clots. Two clinical trials with heart patients have
shown an elimination of thrombosis with bromelain. Therapeutic doses of
bromelain reduce excessive coagulation of blood.
Bromelain is approved by the German Commission E for the treatment of
sinusitis. Clinical studies have shown that children diagnosed with acute
sinusitis recover significantly faster when treated with bromelain than when
given other treatments.
Bromelain is effective in treating bruises, sprains and strains by reducing
swelling, tenderness and pain. It works well at reducing post operative
Bromelain manages digestive disorders, particularly those caused by lack of
pancreatic enzymes. It works so well to break down proteins that it can be
used as a highly effective meat tenderizer. Bromelain works synergistically
with other enzymes to produce optimal digestive results.
Bromelain is effective against inflammatory colon and bowel disease,
according to a study published in Clinical Immunology in 2008.
Eating pineapple and other fruits offers protection and treatment for
Antioxidants in pineapple protect the immune system
Pineapple is a super source of the body's primary water-soluble antioxidant,
Vitamin C. This important vitamin mops up free radicals implicated in the
aging process. Free radicals damage normal cells and have been shown to
promote clogged arteries and diabetic heart disease. Free radicals can cause
airway spasms that lead to asthma attacks, and can help colon cancer get
started. Free radicals are implicated in joint pain and osteoarthritis.
Vitamin C is an excellent cold and flu fighter due to its ability to support
the immune system.
Vitamin C from pineapple is good for oral health by reducing the risk of
gingivitis and periodontal disease. It increases the ability of the body to
fight bacteria and toxins that contribute to gum disease. Periodontal
disease destroys gum tissue and the underlying jaw bone, and has been linked
to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Tantalize your taste buds with pineapple
To enhance the body's healing mechanisms and promote overall good health,
add fresh pineapple to your diet whenever possible. Always choose the whole
fresh fruit and cut it up at home to get the maximum healing benefits. Most
of the bromelain and Vitamin C in canned pineapple has been destroyed, and
pre-sliced packaged pineapple has lost much of its Vitamin C.
Most pineapples show they are ripe by turning a beautiful golden color. A
pineapple is ripe when you can easily pull out a leaf from its top knot.
To prepare pineapple, cut the top off and make a narrow cut across the
bottom. Place the remaining pineapple upright on a cutting board or counter,
and slice off the outer skin at a depth that cuts off most of its eyes. The
few eyes that remain can be eaten or cut out individually. To separate the
succulent meat from the hard inner core, make four top-to-bottom slices
around the core. This allows the fruit to be removed in four large blocks.
As large blocks, the pineapple will store better and retain more of its
sweetness and Vitamin C until you are ready to eat it. It can be cut into
smaller chunks right before serving.
Almost any spring or summer dish can be embellished with pineapple. Add it
to a cooked dish after it has cooled, or use it in salads, smoothies and
tropical drinks. For maximum anti-cancer benefits, pineapple should be eaten
raw and not at the same time as protein foods are eaten. If pineapple is
eaten with protein, its digestive enzymes will be used to help digest that
protein, rather than being available for use in the body to dissolve fibrin
and send cancer packing.
Try these pineapple smoothies:
Pineapple and Kale Smoothie (just a hint of sweetness)
1 1/2 cups cold water
Half a pineapple, cored and chopped
2 cups washed kale
Blend ingredients in blender.
Pineapple, Banana, Mango Smoothie (a sweet tropical treat)
1 cup crushed ice
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cored and chopped
1 large ripe banana
1 cup sliced mango
Blend ingredients in blender. Garnish with lime slices.
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