It is easy to take for granted this sweet, refreshing and readily available fruit. We well know that it is high in vitamin C, which provides protection against colds and flu. It is good for weight loss because its high fibre content promotes satiety and it safely satisfies your sweet tooth. It is also anthelmintic, which means that it helps destroy intestinal parasites. However, pineapple’s secret superpower can be summed up in one word: bromelain.
What’s so special about Bromelain?
Bromelain is an enzyme that aids digestion. It is proteolytic, which means it digests proteins. In the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, explains: “Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, is excellent for reducing inflammation.”
Inflammation is what happens when you sprain your foot – the site swells, becoming tender and sore. This happens in your lungs during an asthma attack, your joints in gout, and your colon in irritable bowel syndrome. Bromelain reportedly helps all these conditions, and more.
How to select a ripe one!
Your nose knows. If it has a sweet, aromatic scent, it is ripe. Pull one of the short inner leaves at the centre of the crown as a test. If it comes away easily, your pineapple is ready.
Research reveals that bromelain has powerful anti-cancer properties. Published in 2007 in the journal Planta Medica, researchers tested bromelain extracted from pineapple stems on rats with cancerous tumours. The other rats in the study were injected with the popular chemotherapy drug 5-Fluororacil (5-FU.) The results, as shown in the National Library of Medicine (US) Database stated that: “…the antitumoral effect of bromelain was superior to that of 5-FU with a survival index of 263% relative to the untreated control.”
This study confirmed that bromelain is able to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells and tissue. www.greenmedinfo.com
Try this: Grow a new pineapple from the one you just ate
How? When peeling your fresh pineapple, cut off the crown and plant this directly in the soil. It will grow a new pineapple. If you do this during summer or you live in the tropics it can grow in your garden. If it is too cold, grow it indoors as a potted plant. A number of YouTube videos illustrate how.
In The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, based on 43,000 pesticide tests, pineapple is listed as one of the ‘clean 12’ – safe to consume even if you don’t buy organic. Though if you plan to boil the skin, opt for organic pineapples.
There is more bromelain in the pineapple core and peel than in the flesh of the actual fruit. When cutting your pineapple, chop up the core into chunks and eat them. If you’d rather not give your jaws a workout, blitz the chunks in a high-powered blender and add to smoothies. Do not throw out your pineapple peel! Boil them to make a delicious pineapple tea.
1 Cover washed and sliced peel in a pan of cold water.
2 Bring to the boil.
3 Simmer for 20-45 minutes on low heat.
4 Add sugar, honey or ginger syrup to taste.
5 Serve chilled.
For an in-depth explanation of the effectiveness of pancreatic enzyme therapy in treating cancer read the book One Man Alone: An Investigation of Nutrition, Cancer and William Donald Kelley, written by Dr Nicholas J Gonzalez, a postdoctoral fellow in Cancer Immunology. Available on Amazon