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Pineapple is the Delicious End to Cancer

by Barbara Minton
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(The Best Years in Life) 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 tumors

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 swelling.

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 macular degeneration.


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.

See also:

Research: Pineapple Enzyme Kills Cancer Without Killing You

The Best Cancer Fighting and Immune Boosting Food Choices for Beating and Avoiding Cancer

Beating Cancer on a Shoestring Budget

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About the author:

Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.

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