Pineapples, sweet, juicy and the colour of sunshine. This tropical fruit is not only delicious, but it is also the source of the health supporting enzyme bromelain. Those in the plant know will see the link with the name – pineapples are of course part of the bromeliad family, native to Central and South America. Pineapple has a long historic use for many health challenges, perhaps the best know is its ability to support digestive health through its proteolytic enzyme activity (helps to digest proteins).
It’s not uncommon for people to think of herbal medicine as a ‘new age’ trend. Actually, the opposite is more accurate. The use of plants as medicine dates back as far as there are records of human cultures and civilisations. But few of these traditionally used plants have been brought through modern science development quite like Salix alba, common name white willow bark and one of the best-known natural sources of salicylic acid.
As we age, we find that the wear and tear of living can bring about discomfort in everyday activities. Living with discomfort is not what we want and yet it is more prevalent than ever. Research shows us that over 60% of over-60’s suffers from some form of chronic pain, and yet the only solutions out there are pharmaceutical products that may or may not have other effects on the body.