With its sharp leaves and thick skin, the pineapple is as intimidating as a porcupine, yet equally intoxicating because of its juicy, sweet golden flesh. What most people don’t realize about this tasty fruit, however, it’s infinitely more useful to humans than just as a garnish for tropical drinks. It’s a true medicine.
Pineapple is a South American native and a cherished part of Hawaiian folk medicine. Used widely as a natural remedy to treat everything from indigestion to allergies, it is brimming over with vitamin C, B1, potassium and manganese. In addition to these phytonutrients, it appears that the secret to its almost supernatural healing power comes from a protein-digesting enzyme called bromelain. In fact, pineapple is one of the richest sources of bromelain in the world.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the use of the enzyme bromelain with turmeric has been believed to be effective in the treatment of arthritis pain. This enzyme is a mixture of proteolytic enzymes that helps the intestines break down and absorb more proteins. In addition, it helps in relieving stomach problems such as stomachache and diarrhea. Another study also says that eating half-pineapple fruit contains 2.2 grams of total dietary fiber. Back again with the content of bromelain and fiber from pineapple fruit that is beneficial to the digestive system, bromelain has a soothing properties in the stomach.
Future of Bromelain Market: High Demand in APAC Region
According to the ongoing study by PMR, in food and beverage and pharmaceutical industries, bromelain is used on a large scale and is also considered as the major driver for the growth of the market. It is also considered as a medical treatment. It is an important ingredient in anti-aging solutions and the increasing anti-aging cosmetics demand and rising consumer beauty awareness is anticipated to drive the market growth. Herbal medicines market is expected to record higher growth rate in future which is anticipated to propel the demand for bromelain. During the forecast period, APAC is anticipated to account for significant share in the market. Rise in population density along with increasing meat import in China and ASEAN countries is expected to contribute noteworthy share in bromelain market in the region. North America and Europe accounts for significant share in the market, owing to increasing demand for herbal raw materials in cosmetic industry. In North America, U.S. holds significant share due to rise in consumption of ready to drink beverages, processed food and meat. Due to rapid industrialization, Latin America is anticipated to register higher growth rate in future.
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