Pineapple extract may kill cancer cells

Pineapple extract may kill cancer cells

Chemotherapy is the most common treatment for cancer today.

There are side effects to chemotherapy, however, the main one being that it destroys the immune system.

One of the reasons why conventional cancer treatment is such a dismal failure in the United States is because it relies on chemotherapy, says Dr. Mercola, one of U.S. leading physicians and nutrition experts. “One of the biggest drawbacks to chemotherapy is the fact that it destroys healthy cells throughout your body right along with cancer cells, a “side effect” that often leads to accelerated death, not healing,” he added.

There are some natural extracts with much less side effects, which have a trait called “selective toxicity.” This means that these compounds can kill cancer cells without harming other tissues.

One of these said compounds is called bromelain, which is an enzyme found in pineapples. Research published in 2007 found that pineapple extract may kill cancer cells, and was superior to chemotherapy in animals.

The researchers noted: “This antitumoral effect [of bromelain] was superior to that of 5-FU [5-fluorouracil], whose survival index was approximately 263 %, relative to the untreated control.”

One of the key findings in this study is that the pineapple extract killed cancer cells without harming the animals. Chemotherapy on the other hand does not have the same track record.

As GreenMedInfo wrote about the study: “As a highly toxic, fluoride-bound form of the nucleic acid uracil, a normal component of RNA, the 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) RNA replication enzymes and RNA synthesis…

When a person dies following conventional cancer treatment it is all too easy to “blame the victim” and simply write that 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.”

The study showing that pineapple extract may kill cancer cells was published in the journal Planta Medica.

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1. “Research: Pineapple Enzyme Kills Cancer Without Killing You.”, 24 Dec. 2011. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.
2. “Bromelain in Pineapples Helps in Cancer Treatment.”, 11 July 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.
3. “In Vivo Antitumoral Activity of Stem Pineapple (Ananas Comosus) Bromelain.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. Planta Medica, Oct. 2007. Web. 30 Mar. 2015.

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