THE promise made last week (4 February, 2016) to give Dr. Axe the floor today is kept in the following article in which he shares his knowledge of pineapple and Bromelain, one of its enzymes. There are contributions, also, by other people. They suggest pineapple is good for human health and for overcoming all sorts of human health challenges. Dr. Axe has the floor…
“Of the 600 plus articles evaluating the medicinal benefit of Bromelain, I decided to narrow down this brief review to some of the more important topics because of their prevalence in our society and because of the sheer volume of research that supports its use.
“Not just an effective treatment against lung cancer, the journal ANTICANCER DRUGS published the results of a Clinical trial this past February that evaluated how Bromelain affected malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (MPM)… a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. According to the study, it was uncovered that the addition of Bromelain increased the die off of cancer cells (cytotoxicity) significantly… Bromelain has the potential to being developed as a therapeutic agent in treating malignant cancer.”
“Because it’s an enzymes that specifically digests proteins, Bromelain has been found to help your body digest food and absorb nutrients more efficiently, as well as being extremely effective at healing issues in the gastrointestinal tract:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Colon cancer
- Crohn’s disease
Faster recovery from surgery and injury
“Just this past July, a study was published that evaluated Bromelain’s ability to treat patients who just had impacted third molars extracted.
Most patients who undergo this surgery experience significant post-operative pain and swelling. Unfortunately, antibiotics and pain killers are not only quite effective, they bring with them a slew of side effects.
“Of the 80 people participating in the study, those who were prescribes Bromelain ‘significantly lowered’ post-operative pain, swelling and even redness compared to the control group that were prescribed a generic pain killer. Bromelain’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a natural replacement to harmful medications like Aspirin.
Allergies and asthma
“Last year, the journal EVIDENCE BASED COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE highlighted the results of a study that investigated how Bromelain affected mice with asthma. The study produced some interesting results. In addition to showing that Bromelain reduced allergic sensitization, it was discovered that the development of allergic airway disease was also markedly decreased. ‘This is actually quite profound because it suggests that Bromelain helps modulate the entire immune system’. It was observed in the study that CD 11c (+) dendritis cells and DC.44 anti-antigen presenting cells were kept at bay, which proves that Bromelain does more than masks the primary immune response that most people suffering from allergies experience (stuffy/ runny nose, itchy eyes and skin e.t.c.). It can actually prevent allergies by addressing the root cause… a hyperactive, oversensitive immune system!
Sinus infections (rhinosinusitis)
“To see whether or not a daily dose of Bromelain (300 fip units) (600mg tablets) could help people suffering from chronic sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), the University of Cologne, Germany researchers recently took 12 patients who had already had sinus surgery and treated them with Bromelain for three months. They discovered the following Bromelain benefits.
- “Total symptoms scones improved
- “Total rhinoscopy scones improved
- “Overall quality of life was enhanced
- “And no adverse effects were reported.
“Because surgery can oftentimes be effective at treating sinusitis, this research brings a lot of hope to people suffering for irretraceable sinus problems!
“Due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic characteristics, Bromelain is fantastic for acute or chronic joint pain. This past winter, the journal ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES IN HEALTH AND MEDICINE published a research trail that evaluated 42 osteoarthritis patients with degenerative spine or painful joint conditions.
“Two 68mg capsules of Bromelain were given to the patients two to three times each day on an empty stomach (depending on whether they had acute or chronic pain) and it was discovered that pain decreased up to 60 percent for acute situations and more than 50 percent for chronic disorders.
“There are three primary ways to incorporate Bromelain in your natural health regimen: ONE: eating the fiber-rich core of a juicy, ripe pineapple is the right way to consume natural sources of Bromelain. Keep in mind that the riper the fruit is, the softer the core will be. So, make sure you keep it out on your counter an extra day or two to make sure that you are not growing on a tough steam! Note that the flesh of a pineapple is also good for you, but doesn’t have a high Bromelain Content like the core does.
“TWO: juicing the stem of the pineapple or throwing it into a smoothie along with other vegetables like cucumber.
Drinking fresh pineapple juice has been shown to be a powerful remedy against inflammatory disease. I recommend drinking four ounces a day to help prevent digestive issues and up to eight ounces to treat illness like ulcerative colitis, inflammatory Bowel Disease or constipation.
“THREE: Taking a natural Bromelain supplement or protolytic enzymes supplement with Bromelain can also be quite effective if you are targeting some specific inflammatory or Chronic disease. If you are trying to improve digestion, you will take it with meals but for all other health conditions, you will take it on an empty stomach.
“The most common prescribed dosage for Bromelain is 500mg daily. However, for various conditions, many physicians may recommend: arthritis 400mg one to two times daily, Allergies 1,000mg daily of Bromelain plus Quercitin / Cancer 2000mg of Bromelain with other proteolytic enzymes / Digestion 500mg with meals / Surgery recovery 1,000mg three times daily between meals. Bromelain should be taken on an empty stomach, unless you are taking it to improve digestion.
“Because it helps prevent blood clots, be especially careful when consuming excess pineapple or a Bromelain supplement if you are taking blood thinners. Make sure you get your platelet count regularly checked by your natural health care provider and keep your iron levels up so you don’t develop a blood thinning disorder.”
Thanks, Dr. Axe.
This column suggests that you visit his website regularly for more health tips. You will also find useful, I believe, the contributions of Dr. Edward in Globalhealingcenter which has helped many people improve their knowledge of the health benefits of Bromelain and pineapple. Dr. Edward says:
“Bromelain breaks down protein. This has daily obvious benefits when you consider that many of the foods you eat contain high amounts of protein and they have been thoroughly cooked, destroying most of the naturally-occurring enzymes. As a proteolytic enzyme, it assist the body’s own digestive mechanism in reducing very large, complex protein molecules into smaller peptide units or individual amino acid.
“These smaller components are crucial for your own production of muscle, neurotransmitters and other protein-vared molecules that your body produces.”
Dr. Edward links the acceptance in Europe of Bromelain for would healing after surgery to a double-blend controlled studies. “One double-blend study of over 150 women who received episiotomies (surgical cuts in the perineum) during child birth,” he says, “found that women given large servings of oral Bromelain over a period of three days, beginning four hours after delivery, should a huge decrease in swelling and discomfort. Ninety percent of women taking the supplement showed excellent recovery compared to 44 percent of women in placebo group.”
Dr. Edward cites studies in which Bromelain helped all degrees of burns, sports injuries, oesteo arthritis, hemorrhoids, varicose vein, cardiovascular health, coughs, mucus related to Sinusitis, and many other conditions. People who need to upgrade the capacity of their immune system are advised by Dr. Edward:
“One German Clinical study of 16 breast cancer patients found that oral supplementation of Bromelain could help stimulate immune. Other studies suggest that it may also boost the amount of certain immune system hormones, called CYTOKINES (made in our white blood cells). Recent studies suggest that Bromelain may help relieve some of the standard cancer side effects related to lowered immunity. Animal studies suggest that Bromelain possesses action against harmful organisms, and it may be effective for ailments resulting from their presence. For women challenged with uterine fibroids, the website shrink may offer a lead into how to combine such enzymes-rich food supplements as Bromelain, Serrapeptase and Nattokinese in a warhead. Bromelain is mentioned also in electroherbalism as a possible answer to tissue explosion in the uterus. It says:
“Bromelain in large amounts is helpful to assist processing the ludge tissue as can gaira herbs scudder’s, alternative, a deep tissue cleanser. Non acidic enzymes like Megazyme or Bromelain are used when large amount are taken since ones which contain acid components can upset or burn the stomach when taken in large amounts.
Darasimi Ogunwunmi, Boy Three, who drank Acid
We take many things for granted, and know of how silly we can be with the health of our bodies only when trouble assails us. The news broke last week of a boy aged three, Darasimi Ogunwunmi, who mistakenly drank caustic soda at a day care Centre. He was said to have told the minders many times that he was thirsty and helped himself when he receive no attention. Poor boy!
His throat was burnt and his stomach was damaged. He is now feed liquid food through a tube passed into the stomach from the nose, or through a hole made in the stomach. I will return to this subject later. Today, I only wish to mentioned that there are many Nigerian adults who feed through a tube in the stomach because their throats are blocked and do not let food down into the stomach. For some of those people, there can be intense feeling of pain in the stomach whenever they pipe food down into the stomach through a tube. They often have to be on dangerous pain killers and dangerous antibiotics every day. In a recent case, it has been observed that mixing liquefied meals with a greens drink keep away the pain and prevents the need for antibiotics. The helpful greens mixture are wheatgrass, chlorella, Spirulina, Kale and a teaspoonful of splina liquid chlorophyll. Golden sea root powder may be added from time to time. So may be orange peel powder. More of these cases later.
Mangos back in season, but be careful the good old mango was sighted in some Lagos market last week. That mean it has come one month ahead of schedule. These early arrivals may not be juicy, because they are immature and maybe fought to ripen with the use of carbide. Certainly, this is not good for health. So, be careful. The mango is rich in Vitamin A, and possibly Lutein and Zeazanthin, but Carostino, which, like Vitamin A, nourish the eye and give us good vision. For many ready’s of these column who have begun to enjoy the consumption of fruit or peel skin, beginning with orange peel and banana peel, the mango peel will be yet another addition, very soon, to their collection.