These fruits contain high amounts of enzymes thought to help in the fight against autoimmune disease (AIDS), allergies, and cancer.
The pineapple and kiwi contain the enzyme Bromelain, to reduce pain from arthritis or muscle swelling or tenderness. Bromelain is similar to human gastric juices and helps digestive problems. The papaya contains enzymes papain and chymopapain which are similar to bromelain.
For centuries, Island cultures have eaten fresh pineapple. Pineapple juice will reduce body heat in hot weather.
While all three of these fruits are a good source of Vitamin C – the papaya and kiwi have a much higher content of Vitamins A and E, magnesium, potasium, phosphorous and fiber.
The kiwi is the top fruit source for copper.
And those enzymes are good for tenderizing meat too.
Give your summer diet a tropical flair!
Warning: Avocados, bananas, eggplant, pineapple, plums, tomatoes, and walnuts contain large amounts of serotonin. Which normally is a good thing. Serotonin is the feel good chemical. But – eating them seventy-two hours before a carcinoid tumor test can create a false-positive result. Carcinoid tumors sometimes arise from tissues of the endocrine or gastrointestinal systems and secrete serotonin, a chemical that causes blood vessels to expand or contract. Because serotonin is excreted in the urine, these tumors are diagnosed by measuring the serotonin levels in the urine, and eating these foods before such a test can indicate tumors when in fact none are present. These foods should be avoided before undergoing such a test.