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Bromelain Enzyme in Fresh Pineapple Juice as a Healing Pathway for HIV/AIDS

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Proteolytic enzyme known as bromelain that is contained in pineapple fruit is known for its many pharmaceutical qualities. In this work, fresh pineapple juice that contained bromelain enzyme was tested in a clinical study as a healing pathway for HIV/AIDS. In the initial stage of the study, HIV-positive human serums were incubated while in contact with bromelain at different concentrations (4 hours, 37 °C). These serums were then checked using the HIV 1 and 2 test MonoTM. All yielded negative results at bromelain concentrations of > 10 mg/ml bromelain (specific activity 5.88 U/mg). Following this, a short program was carried out involving 7 HIV patients who were given 2 glasses/day of fresh pineapple juice. The results showed that within 4 months, all 7 patients achieved substantial improvement in their CD4+ counts. Three of them already reached normal CD4+ counts. Moreover, two of them, showed that the viral counts in their system were below detection limit (< 400 copies/mL). Subsequently, a three month test was conducted involving 34 HIV positive patients. Among the 34 patients who joined the program, 13 patients experienced significant improvement of CD4+. One patient reached normal range from an original CD4+ level of 280 cell/uL. Based on the improvement of the patient's condition, fresh pineapple juice has the potential as an alternative pathway for the cure of HIV/AIDS.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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