What if nature has all the medicine we need just hidden in some of the most unlikely plants and fruits? Over the years, more and more natural remedies have continued to be uncovered. One natural remedy that has recently attracted the attention of the medical world is Bromelain.
Bromelain is an enzyme that is found in good old pineapples. Yes, every time you had some pineapple, you were actually consuming a fruit rich in this multi-purpose enzyme. Bromelain has been found to be able to relieve, and even cure some of the health issues that plague the world, both the rare and common ones. But, among all its medical uses, four benefits stand out.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, Bromelain has shown strong signs of cancer fighting abilities. This is because bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme, that is an enzyme that digests proteins. Conventional medicine has a high rate of failure when it comes to cancer treatment due to the fact that the treatment weakens the body itself, leaving it vulnerable to other diseases, including more cancers. Bromelain, on the other hand, has been proved to only attack cancer cells, leaving the body unharmed. This was touched upon as far back as 1911 by John Beard when he published, ‘The Enzyme Treatment of Cancer and Its Scientific Basis‘.
The medical conditions that cause joint pains, for example, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis, do so by inflaming joint tissue. According to a study conducted 2005 in German, it was shown that bromelain activated cells in the immune system that fight infection, and it also displayed considerable anti-inflammatory properties. In this manner, bromelain acts as a pain reliever for arthritis and such inflammatory medical problems. It further reduces swelling and improves mobility, which goes a long way in the day to day life of an arthritic person.
Speaking of the anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain, asthma is another disease that causes inflammation of the lungs and airways. A study in 2004, whose results were presented to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, demonstrated how mice that were induced with asthma, reacted to bromelain after 8 days of treatment. The group of mice that received the treatment showed a significant decrease in eosinophils, which are indicators of inflammatory asthma. Many people have gone on to take bromelain supplements to experience some marked relief in their asthmatic attacks.
It has been shown, according to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, that bromelain reduces pain and swelling experienced right after surgery. It has also proven to be useful when it comes to shortening the healing time of physical bruises and injuries. A study that involved people that just went through dental, nasal and other types of surgeries revealed that users of bromelain experience quicker healing with less pain. The enzyme’s anti-inflammatory properties also help with tendinitis, and muscle strains and sprains.
While there are bromelain supplements on the market today, it is pleasant to know that you can get this powerful enzyme just by consuming pineapple.