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 enzymesóchymotrypsin, trypsin, and papainólived 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 theyíve 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.
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