I’ve just returned home from a hockey training clinic out in Regina.
And since this is where I went to grad school naturally I had to make a trip back to my alma mater.
One of the classes I took during my days in school out there included a biology class titled ‘Drug Plants of the World’.
But don’t get me wrong. This wasn’t an easy class. And many people who signed up for it hoping there would be a lab component and opportunity to do some real, hands-on experimentation with the course material were quickly looking to drop this class after they realized how much biochemistry they would have to learn in order to pass.
I’m really glad I stuck this class out because I learned a lot of things about various plants and their medicinal benefits.
Which kind of ties in with what I do today.
One of the teaching points that stuck with me was the proteins papain and bromelain.
You may have heard of the these before. They are the enzymes found in pineapple.
Specifically they are protease enzymes which means they break up proteins.
Commercially we see papain and bromelain used as meat tenderizers. Think about when you have meatballs and they are accompanied by a few chuck of pineapple on the side. Or many would have had some ham for Easter with some pineapple as well.
It’s not just that the flavours complement each other. They also serve a purpose in helping tenderize the meat and thus assist in digestion.
But besides being used to make meats and porc easier to chew and tastier these enzymes serve other functions.
While the following uses are more anecdotal than proven in the research you’ll find many people who swear by the use of papain and bromelain to:
* act an anti-inflammatory agent
* treat arthritis
* apply to bee and jelly fish stings as it is believed to break down the toxins in the sting
Let me make the point once again that these last few uses are not borne out in the research but are more household type of remedies that some people swear by.
Below is short video of me at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii.
It’s kind of interesting to check out but we found it kind of pricey. I wasn’t about to plunk down $15 for a pineapple sundae!
Anyways enjoy the video. And remember when you’re on vacation to Hawaii or anywhere for that matter to eat the local foods. You’ll usually get a fresher version of that food than if it were picked early, packed and transported around the world to your local grocer.
Stay tuned for an upcoming tip on how to loosen up on the tee box when you only have 3 minutes before your tee time.
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