Eat More of this Food that Kills Cancer!

Abundant research is showing that an enzyme found in pineapple is both safer and more effective than chemotherapy in killing cancer. This enzyme is so effective it is blowing the conventional approach to cancer treatment out of the water, so we ought to eat it every day. Here’s why:

First published in 2007 in the journal Planta Medica , researchers found that an enzyme extracted from pineapple stems known as bromelain, was superior to the chemo-agent 5-fluorauracil (5-FU) in treating cancer.

What is so remarkable about this research is that 5-FU has been used as a cancer treatment for nearly 40 years, and has been relatively unsuccessful due to its less than perfect selectivity at killing cancer, often killing and/or irreversibly damaging healthy cells and tissue, as well.

This highly toxic drug is supposed to work by tricking more rapidly dividing cells — which include both cancer and healthy intestinal, hair follicle, and immune cells — into taking it up, thereby inhibiting (read: poisoning) cancer cell growth.

Keep in mind that a 7.5 gram dose of 5-FU (the weight of 3 pennies), would kill 50% of the humans given it. On the other hand, bromelain doesn’t kill anyone and it’s been found to be 3 orders of magnitude safer!

How then, can something as innocuous as the enzyme from the stem/core of a pineapple be superior to a drug that millions of cancers patients over the past 40 years have placed their hopes of recovery on, as well as exchanging billions of dollars for?

It’s because of a well-known effect (associated with a wide range of natural compounds) called “ selective cytotoxicity.” This effect induces programmed cell death (the graceful self-disassembly known as apoptosis) within cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells and tissue unharmed. No FDA-approved chemotherapy drug on the market today has this indispensable property (because chemicals don’t behave like natural compounds).

And this is why cancer treatment is still in the dark ages, destroying the quality of life, and accelerating the death of those who undergo it, often unwittingly. When a person dies following conventional cancer treatment it is all too easy to “blame the victim” and simply write the patient’s cancer off as “chemo-resistant,” or “exceptionally aggressive,” when in fact the non-selective nature of the chemotoxic agent is what ultimately lead to their death.

Like all natural substances, bromelain will never receive FDA drug approval . Money just doesn’t flow into the development of non-patentable (i.e. non-profitable) cancer therapies, even if they work and are safe and extremely affordable. So we’ll just have to take the health bull by the horns and do our own thing.

For instance, this science blather makes a solid argument for having a pineapple green smoothie every single day of our lives, wouldn’t you say? Remember, this healing enzyme lies in the fruit’s core, so a powerful blender is the best for fully pulverizing it. Adding greens will help keep the body in an alkaline state (where immunity is strengthened and health protected), and the pineapple core will provide the cancer-fighting bromelain.

Also, you might want to add 3 or 4 very ripe bananas to your pineapple smoothie. They will provide Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF). Discovered by Japanese scientists, TNF is a factor which has the ability to combat abnormal cells and enhance the property of white blood cells. The riper the banana, the more TNF and the richer and sweeter the smoothie! Bromelain + TNF = a powerful healer and health protector!

While there’s no rocket science to smoothie-making (experimenting works well with them), here’s the recipe I make every day:


2 tablespoons chia seed

3 ripe bananas

¼ fresh pineapple (core and all), peeled and chunked

2 to 3 cups fresh greens (kale, collards, beet greens, romaine, etc.)

1 cup unsweetened apple or orange juice

1 cup ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and mix for approximately 1 1/2 minutes.

Finally, to view additional research on the potential therapeutic properties of bromelain in over 30 health conditions, visit the natural medical resource site, Green Med Information - - That’s where the good news that an enzyme can kill cancer without killing you, came from.


    Alice Osborne
    Weekly Newsletter Contributor since 2006
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