Every day, it is becoming more and more apparent that nature might have everything we need for our well-being. Not only does it provide us with nourishing food, but it also packages its healing powers in so many surprising ways. One way is through vegetables, herbs, and fruits, some of which we consume every day. Did you know that all those times you were munching on a slice of pineapple you were actually loading your body with one of nature’s most potent medicines? More and more research continues to reaffirm this.
The pineapple’s secret is bromelain, an enzyme with multiple benefits for the body. Studies have shown that it can ease pain and even heal some of the most common health problems that people face. But of all its wonderful uses, there are four that are really worth mentioning.
Strong Anti-Cancer Properties
Studies conducted by the University Of Maryland Medical Centre indicate that bromelain possesses strong anticancer properties. This has been attributed to its status as a proteolytic enzyme. Proteolytic enzymes have the ability to digest proteins and bromelain has been known to target cancer cells. This is not a new discovery. In 1911, the book “The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer and Its Scientific Basis”, alluded to this fact.
Ease Joint Pain
Rheumatoid arthritis and similar health conditions cause debilitating joint pain which makes it hard to perform day to day activities. This creates an unending self-feeding cycle since the less active you are, the worse the joints become. A study done in German in 2005 suggests that bromelain might offer some relief. The research concluded that bromelain enhanced the activity of cells within the immune systems that are reasonable for fighting infection. It was found to have considerable anti-inflammatory properties. In this way, bromelain works for pain relief in arthritis patients and such conditions.
The anti-inflammatory action of bromelain can also be life-saving for patients with asthma. Asthma is a condition that affects patients by inflaming their lungs and the air passages. Research that was published in the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, indicated that mice that were infected with asthma responded positively to bromelain after 8 days of administration. The mice were found to have fewer eosinophils, which are asthmatic indicators. Patients have shown a marked decrease in attacks after taking bromelain.