In folk medicine, medicinal properties of pineapple have been known for centuries.
Among the healing ingredients, especially bromelain, a group of enzymes that break down proteins and help in the process of digestion. If pineapple is eaten immediately after a meal, it helps the stomach to break down proteins to amino acids. This is why this southern fruit is often recommended during dieting. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, minerals and fiber, which accelerate the intestinal work and stimulate digestion.
Bromelain from pineapple has a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Clinical trials have confirmed that bromelain from pineapple relieves inflammation and reduces swelling in acute inflammation of the sinuses, throat, helps with arthritis, gout, and accelerates healing after surgery and injuries.
Bromelain is a natural remedy against colds and bronchitis, because it dilutes the secretion in the airways and facilitates its expectoration. Some studies have even shown that in some inflammations, bromelain could be used instead of an antibiotic. For this feature of pineapple to be fully used, it is recommended to consume pineapple between meals, otherwise the enzymes are used for the process of digestion.
Bromelain is found in the loops and in the fruit of the pineapple, but is deactivated by heat. Therefore, the preserved pineapple is not a good source of these enzymes, so it is best to consume it fresh.
Because the pineapple is rich in antioxidants, especially vitamin C, it also positively influences the protection of the body from the harmful effects of free radicals, which can cause various diseases such as: atherosclerosis, heart and blood vessel disease, bronchitis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis arthritis, osteoarthritis, colon cancer, and other types of malignant diseases. Accordingly, pineapple is considered a natural anti-cancer drug, which can help prevent and fight cancer.
Pineapple strengthens the natural immunity of the body and protects human health.
Pineapple is not only healthy but also a real cosmetic wizard, who also nourishes the skin from the outside and from the inside, retains its moisture, restores it, cleans it and collects the pores. Also, pineapple works also against aging. It has been proven to slow down the aging process of the skin, increases its elasticity, makes the skin younger, fresher and softer.
Pineapple stimulates the metabolism, so it is a successful fighter against cellulite and excess pounds.
Pineapple contains magnesium. Due to lack of magnesium there is hypersensitivity to the nervous system, irritability, nervousness, muscle cramps, impaired heart and digestive organs. The lack of magnesium leads to insufficient calcium utilization, for the needs of the organism. Also, magnesium deficiency is associated with the onset of malignant diseases. Pineapple juice reduces tension, nervousness, and stress.
Pineapple bromelain prevents cancer
One recent discovery by scientists gives hope to patients with malignant diseases.
A group of Australian scientists have announced that a strong anticancer agent has been discovered in the pineapple molecules. Scientists hope their discovery will allow the development of new drugs against breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer, ovarian cancer, and against melanoma.
Scientists at the Institute of Medical Research in Queensland found that two molecules of bromelin (a molecule-CCZ and a molecule-CCS) are involved. Bromelin is a substance derived from Pantalone pineapple. Former research has shown that bromelain is rich in enzymes. And is therefore used in the food industry (to soften the meat or to get a brighter beer).
One Bromelin molecule – CCZ stimulates the body’s immune system and helps it detect and destroy cancerous cells.
Another Bromelin molecule-CCS blocks the RAS protein. Which is defective in approximately 30 percent of all cases of cancer and is responsible for its occurrence.
CCS and CCZ are protease enzymes, which are usually associated with the process of protein degradation.
This is the first study that found that such enzymes can have a specific action on the immune system.
If the results of the start of the two-year research on the safety of this therapy are positive. The institute will start looking for partners who would provide financial support for carrying out clinical trials of people. If clinical studies prove effective, in the future, a new remedy for cancer could be produced from pineapple.
It has been confirmed that the pineapple also preserves the sight. Scientific magazines publish studies recommending to consume at least 3 meals per day of pineapple. Which would reduce the risk of senile macular degeneration occurring in old age. Macular degeneration is an aging-associated chronic disease, which is characterized by blurred vision.