Jay has long been an advocate for the use of freshly made pineapple juice. When he was an athlete in his early years he did some damage to his knees during his football playing career. He found pineapple juice helped him alleviate the aches and pains in his joints and knees. After studying the properties of pineapple he became aware that it was the enzyme bromelain in fresh pineapple that was responsible for him feeling better.
Bromelain for Natural Healing
Bromelain is actually a group of enzymes in pineapple, known as proteolytic enzymes because they digest protein. For centuries civilizations have used pineapple to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation. Germany approved bromelain to treat swelling and inflammation after surgery as far back as the 1800s. Bromelain is also used to treat infection and injuries.
More recently from a study published in 2007, researchers found that bromelain performed better than a prominent cancer chemo-therapy treatment at inhibiting cancer cell growth in an animal model. The researches said:
“This antitumoral effect [bromelain] was superior to that of 5-FU [5-fluorouracil], whose survival index was approximately 263 %, relative to the untreated control.”
When you consider not only the healing power of bromelain but also unlike highly toxic chemo therapy, which kills not only cancer cells but healthy cells at the same time, bromelain has no such problem. Bromelain does not destroy healthy tissue in the same manner as chemo drugs.
- Bromelain is concentrated in the core of a pineapple, the tough center that is not usually eaten however juicing it is simple.
- Enzymes are destroyed during the canning and bottling process. The pineapple must be fresh to receive the benefits from the enzymes.
- Insert pieces of fresh pineapple with the skin and all into your juicer. Here is a short video demo that shows the best way to juice pineapple in the Jay Kordich PowerGrind Pro juicer.