In a pathogenic state such fungus form biofilms, weed-like structures I refer to as germ gangs. A common example is that of Candida albicans, which has become a national epidemic due primarily to the overuse of antibiotics, especially when accompanied by high sugar diets and/or excessive alcohol intake.
This new study indicates that bromelain dissolves the formation of these biofilms, thereby inhibiting the spread of germ gangs from taking over more turf. This information is of clinical value for any person with imbalanced fungal issues, typically reflected by ongoing or recurring digestive and/or sinus problems. The data supports using bromelain as part of a comprehensive approach to deal with this issue.
I would like to add an additional clinical observation to this study. Gluten intolerance is caused primarily by Candida or other fungal overgrowth. When Candida weeds damage the lawn of the digestive tract there is an excessive and abnormal production of a scar-like filament called transglutaminase. When gluten interacts with transglutaminase an inflammatory reaction occurs, which further induces injury to the lining of one’s digestive tract. Obviously, by reducing the germ gangs of fungal overgrowth the amount of newly produced transglutaminase will be reduced. Furthermore, while transglutaminase is fairly resistant to degradation, protease enzymes in a high enough concentration offer a possible way to assist in the removal of already formed transglutaminase. While this is not a magic bullet for gluten intolerance, it is likely to reduce an individual’s sensitivity to gluten, which is consistent with my clinical observation over the years.
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist