Pineapple (Ananas comosus), named among the healthiest foods in the world, is known to exert many health benefits and has a lot of beneficial properties. Pineapple is rich in vitamin C, manganese, fiber, vitamin B6, B1 copper and folate, but to this properties we will have to add a new one, being the source of an active constituent, namely Bromelain, that has been found to exert anti-cancer properties, being stronger than certain chemo-agents against some types of tumors.
Although existing in all parts of the fresh pineapple plant and fruit, bromelain, a pineapple stem extract with a variety of therapeutic benefits arising from interaction with a number of different biological processes , is concentrated in higher quantities in the core of pineapple, in the stems.
Since long time ago several studies and scientific research identified bromelain as a supplement thought to have important anti-inflammatory and anti-tumoral effects [1,2,3,4,5,]. Bromelain is also used as a culinary ingredient that serves as meat tenderizer . Image: Pineapples! by Matthew Rutledge under Creative Common license (CC BY 2.0).
Common name: Pineapple.