Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Cancer Prevention with Pineapples
Pineapple is delicious. I like to get a can of pineapple chunks and eat it in a bowl with cottage cheese. It makes a great breakfast. Especially if you like to have fruit for breakfast.
But there's another reason to eat pineapple. It might prevent stomach cancer. It has a powerful enzyme in it called bromelain. In 2007, medical journals reported this enzyme reduced tumors.
In fact, this enzyme from pineapples was found to be even better than a cancer drug that has been used for 40 years!
You would think this would be big news. Here is where you have to watch out for the pharmaceutical industry. Bromelain is a natural substance. Pineapples are extremely cheap compared to cancer drugs. Is this why there are not numerous press releases about bromelain?
To get most of the bromelain from pineapple, it should be a fresh pineapple. The canned variety loses a lot of the enzyme during the canning process, though it retains most of the vitamins and minerals.
Pineapple stops carcinogenic substances from forming in the stomach. Especially nitrosamines. These are carcinogens that are known to be one of the leading causes of stomach cancer.
So start putting pineapple on the grocery list. It's delicious and you need it.