8 Impressive Health Benefits of Pineapple

Cancer is a chronic disease characterized by uncontrolled cell growth.

Its progression is commonly linked to oxidative stress and chronic inflammation.

Several studies have shown that pineapple and its compounds may reduce the risk of cancers. This is because they may minimize oxidative stress and reduce inflammation.

One of these compounds is the group of digestive enzymes called bromelain. Test-tube studies have shown that bromelain may also help fight cancer (15, 16).

For instance, two test-tube studies showed that bromelain suppressed the growth of breast cancer cells and stimulated cell death (17, 18).

Other test-tube studies show that bromelain suppresses cancer in the skin, bile duct, gastric system and colon, among other areas (19, 20, 21, 22).

Test-tube and animal studies have found that bromelain may stimulate the immune system to produce molecules that make white blood cells more effective at suppressing cancer cell growth and eliminating cancer cells (16).

That said, pineapple contains much less bromelain than supplements do. More human-based research is needed before any conclusions can be made.

Summary

Pineapple contains compounds that reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which are linked to cancer. One of these compounds is the enzyme bromelain, which may stimulate cell death in certain cancer cells and aid white blood cell function.

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