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In a study of mice published in the journal Cancer Letters, the enzyme bromelain (found in pineapples) was able to prevent skin cancer. Experts speculate that this may be because bromelain digests the outer protein membrane of the cancer cells, so the immune system can recognize cancer cells and kill them more effectively.

In another animal study published in Integrative Cancer Therapies, animals with cancer that was treated with three types of enzymes—chymotrypsin, trypsin, and papain—lived substantially longer than animals which did not receive enzyme therapy. Similar results were found in research in the same journal studying pancreatic and breast cancers in humans.

Research at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and published in the journal Pathobiology found the enzyme bromelain showed positive effects on the immune system. The researchers indicate that the improvements in immune system markers may help explain some of the clinical effects they’ve observed following bromelain treatment in patients suffering from chronic inflammatory disease, HIV, and cancer.

While it is still in early stages and needs additional research and funding for research, enzyme therapy has shown promise for various types of cancer.

Adapted with permission from The Phytozyme Cure (Wiley, 2011) by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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9:50PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thanks for sharing such an informative article.


5:45AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

enzymes - great enhancement

10:46AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you!

8:44AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Thank you Michele, for Sharing this!

6:50AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

pineapple and papaya also help in preventing you from getting a cold. I eat them all the time.

5:46AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Love pineapple so good news.

3:39AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Interesting article.

2:33AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Thank you

11:13PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

thank you

11:13PM PST on Jan 31, 2013

thank you

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