Some of the most powerful healing substances on this planet are masquerading as foods. Pineapples are a powerful example of this food-medicine principle. And this is not by happenstance. There exists an ancient mutual dependence between man and fruits. Fruits are by design a perfect food, intended to entice us to eat them in order to help disseminate their seeds. This process is quite profound.
Fruits entice us because they are often sweet and have attractive colors and aromas. They also empower us to disseminate their seeds far and wide. That is, fruiting plants have a vested interest in optimizing the health of animals that eat their fruit. After all, a sickly animal cannot carry seed very far. Accordingly, fruits have evolved an array of substances tailored to fight infection and disease in animals. Let us explore this in a bit more detail.
The evolutionary meaning of vitamin C
Pineapples are one of the most concentrated sources of food vitamin C on the planet. Unlike most animals, human beings are unable to produce vitamin C from glucose. Most animals do not need vitamin C from their food. But humans are wholly dependent on dietary sources. This fact gives tremendous insight into the evolutionary history of man.
Our genetic infrastructure needs a continual resupply of vitamin C from fruits and vegetables. Without which, disease is inevitable.
Vitamin C is the body’s primary water soluble antioxidant, defending the body against free radicals that attack and damage cells. Free radicals are an inevitable fact of life. Our body produces these highly reactive toxins during energy generation. We are also exposed to them from processed foods (e.g. soft drinks) and environmental chemical exposures (e.g. generator exhaust). An excess of free radicals in the body leads to a condition known as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has a hand in almost all chronic disease processes that afflict man; from cancer to heart disease to arthritis and so on.
Vitamin C is also critical for immune function; it is an essential nutrient in dealing with infectious challenges ranging from malaria to yeast infections to flu.
That humans gave up the capability to produce such a profoundly health promoting substance demonstrates how intimately and inextricably linked we are to fruits like pineapple. But please note that this is not a prescription to buy synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid), which lacks the essential co-factors that together form vitamin C complex. Multivitamins and enriched processed foods (e.g. enriched white flour) are a scam of monumental proportions.
Enter bromelain, a proven cancer killer
The emergence of cancer cells is in fact a normal part of animal physiology. Our bodies are composed of trillions of cells, of which billions are replicating at any given time. With so much replication going on all the time, abnormalities are bound to occur. In fact, all of us have carried numerous cancer cells at various times. In healthy persons, these abnormal cells are rapidly destroyed by the immune system.
Fruits have also evolved an integral role in cancer prevention. After all, they have a huge stake in the welfare of their precious seed carriers. Pineapples really do go the extra mile for us. In the fibrous core of pineapples, is a complex blend of enzymes collectively referred to as bromelain. Bromelain has been found to be more potent than the chemotoxic agent 5-fluorouracil in killing cancer cells. Imagine that, pineapples kill cancer cells more effectively than chemotherapy. The only reason such studies remain in the dark is because they threaten the profitability of the medical establishment.
References: Roxana Báez, Miriam T Lopes, Carlos E Salas, Martha Hernández. “In vivo antitumoral activity of stem pineapple (Ananas comosus) bromelain”. Planta Medica. 2007. Web
Ezenwa Onwugbenu is a nutritional healer and public speaker on natural health matters. You can find out more about him and his passion for natural health and living on Creative Juices.