An Enzyme in Pineapples Could Help Treat Cancer

Most people probably just eat pineapple because it's absolutely delicious. But, it turns out that there's also an enzyme in it that might help treat cancer.
An Enzyme in Pineapples Could Help Treat Cancer

Last update: 19 November, 2018

Pineapple is common in fiber-rich diets. Besides its high fiber content, health-conscious people also love its diverse properties. But, it turns out that there’s an enzyme in pineapples that might actually be able to help treat cancer and related diseases, especially in the mammary glands, rectum, or colon.

What’s the name of this cancer-treating enzyme in pineapples?

You can find fiber in pineapples, a lot of it. There are also a lot of vitamins, organic acids, and mineral salts. But it might turn out that the most important thing in pineapples might be a special enzyme called bromelain, if it really does help treat cancer.

What is bromelain and what does it do?

Bromelain is a natural enzyme that can be extracted from pineapples. Scientists are studying whether it might have a powerful role in fighting carcinomas and other forms of cancer.

One study that compared the effects of bromelain with 5-fluorouracil, a traditional chemotherapy substance. Based on their studies on animals, they found that the anti-tumor effects of bromelain surpassed that of 5-fluorouracil. 

cancer cells

There was also some debate on how effective the traditional medication (5-fluorouracil) reall is. Instead of improving the patient’s quality of life by responding to the disease, it pinpointed all cell division. This meant that it affected both cancer cells and normal, healthy cells. That could be what caused it to poison other cells and enzymes.

Bromelain, on the other hand, has a property that only natural composites have: selective cytotoxicity. This is the property that allows a substance to kill cancer cells without affecting healthy ones.

Bromelain as an enzyme

This might all sound very complicated, so it might help to talk about why exactly bromelain could be good for people  with cancer cells in their body, and even people without them.

So, bromelain is an enzyme that digests proteins (a proteolytic) and brings them to the blood stream and lymphatic system, where they support the rest of the body.

Unfortunately, the question of whether you can get the benefits of these kinds of enzymes through your diet is still a mystery inf the world of science. But they have managed to prove that they work.

Besides enzymes in the body, the enzymes in our mouth (for digestion) might also be helpful in medical issues. They could help treat simple things like sport injuries and more complicated things like heart disease, bone disease, and the issue at hand: cancer.

Our recommendations…

Remember to be very consistent in your treatments and the processes and changes that occur in your cells and body. Pineapples aren’t the only thing with enzymes and nutrients that could help fight cancer. You can also help yourself by eating foods that contain vitamin C, turmeric extract, or beet extract.

Besides that, it’s important to have a balanced diet. This means eating raw foods that reduce your body’s need to produce all the enzymes on its own. Basically, if your body needs to produce less enzymes for digestion, it could use them for other important physiological processes.


pineapples with an enzyme that could help fight cancer

At the end of the day, it’s always best to try natural options. It’s rare for there to be a better treatment than the natural composites found in foods and plants. It turns out this enzyme in pineapples can even save your life and possibly help treat cancer. Talk to your doctor and just stay conscious of your health risks and improvement.

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