PINEAPPLE AND PAPAYAS
Medical authorities say that pineapples and papayas can relieve arthritis pain.
Research shows that pineapples and papayas have potent anti-inflammatory properties from high levels of bromelain and papain, which are natural enzymes. These enzymes reduce inflammation in two ways.
First, enzymes neutalize hormones in body called prostaglandins. These are chemicals that spark pain in body's nerve cells.
Second, they reduce painful pressure from fluid buildup in joints. This is achieved by enzyme dissolving joint debris, like tiny bone chips, calcium deposits, dead tissue and blood cells that can clog joints, leaving them stiff and swollen. University teams have found that eating fruits can diminish inflammation by 25%.
Bromelain and papain can turn a leathery-tough steak buttery soft, so you can imagine what they will do for stiffened joints. It will loosen them and restore movement. One of most important functions of bromelain is to neutralize free radicals, destructive compounds produced when body uses oxygen.
Pineapple is also rich in vitamens B1 and B6, which also helps to ease arthritic pain, while papaya is one of highest sources of vitamin C. Both of these fruits are low in calories - 40 to 80 calories per cup - and promote good digestion and elimination of toxins and waste in body.