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February 14, 2016

By Hayley Sims, Contributing Columnist










Pineapples have been a staple fruit in the US and UK for
centuries. They were first brought to Europe in 1493 by
Christopher Columbus from the Caribbean and remained a
status symbol for quite some time, owing to their expense
and exoticism.

Things have changed since then and pineapple fruit, juice
and other products make regular appearances in the fridges
of the average household.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
of the US, the United States and European Union countries
(EU) are the world’s biggest importers of pineapples, and
since the 1960s, world production of pineapples has
increased by 400%.

So what makes them so darn good? Aside from their obvious
refreshing and delicious nature, they contain a powerful
component called bromelain which has some amazing health
benefits including fighting cancer, diarrhea, arthritis, angina
and cardiovascular diseases, urinary tract infections (UTIs),
sinusitis and bronchitis and the treatment of wounds and
injuries.



Pineapples Will Not Permanently Erase Your Fingerprints!


Despite popular folklore, pineapples cannot permanently
remove your fingerprints and turn you over to a traceless life
of crime.

However, pineapple juice does contain a strong protein
which can erode the outside layer of skin, and may
temporarily affect your fingerprints, although they will grow
back.

You might experience a similar sensation in the mouth when
eating pineapple, as if you have been burned. A paper from
the 1950s by Dr Polunin of the Faculty of Medicine of the
University of Malaya reported on so-called pineapple
dermatosis, and studied a group Malaysian workers in a
pineapple canning factory and the effects on their skin.
These workers handled pineapples for hours every day and
developed skin conditions. However, their skin conditions
were treatable. So, you can fearlessly go ahead and make
that pineapple fruit salad or smoothie!

We have pulled together for you a list of the most
remarkable health properties of pineapples and bromelain,
proven by scientific studies.

7 Surprising Health Benefits of Pineapples






























1.
Pineapples Fight Cancer

One of the most extraordinary properties of bromelain is that
it has been proven to have antitumoral properties. In other
words, pineapples can help fight cancer.


In a study in 2007 held at the Facultad de Ciencias Médicas
in Cuba and led by Dr Baez, bromelain obtained from
pineapple stems was used to treat animals with 6 different
types of tumor.

The results showed significant increase in survival index in all
but one of the animals that had been treated. This is because
bromelain has been shown to have the capacity to modify
key biological pathways that support malignancy.

This key component found in your everyday pineapplecan
fight cancerous tumors and potentially increase survival.

In another experiment, conducted by Beez et al, it was
found in their observations of treating mice with bromelain
that tumor formation and volume were reduced.



2.
Eat Some Pineapples to Stop the Runs

We’ve all been there. While  travelling in some far-away,
exotic country, indulging in what the local cuisine has to
offer, we're joined suddenly by the worst of companions ---
diarrhea.

Diarrhea can be a major cause of illness, and something
assimple as some fresh pineapple from around the corner of
your hotel can help.

Studies have shown that bromelain counteracts some of the
effects of certain intestinal pathogens like cholera and E.coli.

In fact, a study in Baltimore at the University of Maryland in
1997 showed that bromelain was 51% effective against the
cholera toxin and even 62% effective against another type.
Bromelain can also be taken as a food supplement, which is
often how it is used in these clinical studies.



3.
Pineapples Help Heal Your Arthritis

Clinical trials have found that bromelain from the pineapple
stem can significantly reduce pain and inflammation in
patients with different forms of arthritis.  Though primarily
osteoarthritis is helped, the truth is that this is exactly the
form of arthritis which is the most common form in Western
countries.

In Pakistan in 2004, a study was conducted in King Edward
Medical College in Lahore, with 103 patients suffering from
painful cases of osteoarthritis.

Scientists gave half of the group bromelain over a course of
6 weeks, and gave the other half an alternative, routine
medicine.

The results showed that bromelain was just as effective in
treating the pain as the arthritis normal drug.

What’s more, in other studies, there has suggestions that
because of its anti-inflammatory effect, bromelain could be
used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, another common form of
the condition.


4.
Drink Some Pineapple Juice to Heal Your Wounds

Remarkably, injuries and wounds of many different kinds,
from sports injuries to post-surgery wounds, can be treated
with bromelain.

Bromelain reduces swelling, bruising, pain and wound
debris, although evidence for different cases varies.

It has been reported that the administration of bromelain
before a surgery takes place can reduce recovery time of
pain and inflammation. Scientists in China, in Daping Hospital
in 2012, found that in pigs, bromelain significantly reduced
healing time in wounds caused by high-velocity projectiles
(the point of the study was to trial therapy for firearm
wounds).

In a rather different context, another study examined
women who had had episiotomies (surgical cuts in the
perineum) during childbirth.

A group of 160 women were evaluated, with half given
40mg of bromelain 4 times a day for 3 days following the
birth, and half given a placebo. The results showed that 90%
of the patients on bromelain showed a good decrease in
inflammation and pain, in contrast to 44% in the placebo
group.

Some people have also suggested that bromelain can help
with bruising, although there is less solid evidence.



5.
Pineapples Are Good for the Heart

Angina pectoris (more commonly known simply as angina –
a squeezing feeling in the chest and/or surrounding areas)
and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as heart disease
and hypertension can be minimised with bromelain.

Bromelain has been shown to break down cholesterol
plaques which can put a massive strain on the heart. That's
such astonishing news that it almost bears repeating.

Bromelain has been used routinely to treat angina and other
diseases for some time. A study out of Indian paper in 2012,
based on a study at Mangalayatan University which was led
by Dr Pavan et al, states that bromelain has the potential to
reduce the development of cardiovascular disease.

What’s more, in recent research, scientists found bromelain
could offset the development of allergic airway disease
(AAD), which led them to suspect that bromelain could have
similar effects on asthma which could help countless patients.



6.
Blast that UTI with Pineapple Juice!

One of the main impressive effects of bromelain is that it
heightens the levels of absorption of some drugs, including
antibiotics.

In other words, consuming pineapple while on a course of
antibiotics can increase the effectiveness of the pills and help
you eliminate the symptoms of the condition.

Urinary tract infections are a case in point. In one study led
by Dr Mori in Japan in 1972, 28 people with urinary tract
infections were given a course of antibiotics alongside
bromelain or a placebo.

Symptoms of the infection were eliminated in all of those on
bromelain but only in 46% of those on the placebo.

This remarkable multiplying effect of bromelain apply to
other conditions treatable with antibiotics such as
pneumonia and cellulitis.



7.
Breathe Easy with Some Tinned Pineapple

Because of its use as an anti-inflammatory, and efficacy
alongside antibiotics, bromelain can work wonders for
respiratory conditions such as sinusitis and bronchitis.

As with UTIs, pineapple or a bromelain supplement can be
administered with antibiotics for effective relief for sinusitis
and bronchitis.

Aside from antibiotics, bromelain can complement other
treatments.

In one study by Dr Ryan at the St Louis University School of
Medicine in the USA in 2005, 48 patients with severe
symptoms of sinusitis were put on bromelain with other
standard treatments and 83% of the patients saw
inflammation relief, compared with 52% of the placebo
group.



So there you have it! 7 crazy good health benefits of
pineapples, all because of the one crazy great component:
bromelain.

Of course, if you plan to start integrating bromelain
supplements into your daily routine rather than simply
upping your intake of pineapple juice, you should consult a
doctor first, and care should be taken if you are on warfarin,
as bromelain also thins the blood to some extent.

However, generally speaking, you would have to eat a very
excessive amount of pineapples to cause any harm. And we
have seen how much good they can do! So, now you have
no excuse – who’s up for pina coladas?










































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