Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in the juice and in the stem of pineapples. Historically it has been used for a variety of illnesses including nasal inflammation, digestive disorders and muscle soreness.
Bromelain is currently used for numerous clinical applications due to its therapeutic effects in the treatment of inflammation and soft tissue injuries. Source
Bromelain is considered by some to be as effective as some NSAIDs. Source
How does Bromelain work?
Bromelain seems to work by helping the body to produce substances that fight pain and inflammation. Bromelain also contains chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells and slows blood clotting.
Bromelain is thought to work synergistically with quercetin to help promote respiratory health.
Benefits of Bromelain supplementation
• Knee pain- Studies show that oral intake of bromelain may reduce mild knee pain. Source
• Skin conditions- Research has shown that bromelain may help treat some skin conditions.
• Pain after surgery.- Some research has shown that bromelain reduces pain after wisdom tooth removal. Source
• Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Studies have shown that bromelain can reduce joint swelling in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Source
• Inflammation of the nose and sinuses (rhinosinusitis)- Research shows that taking bromelain in conjunction with decongestants, antihistamines, or antibiotics helps to reduce nasal swelling in people with sinusitis. In one such study 85% of people taking bromelain had complete resolution of breathing difficulties and airway inflammation compared to just 53% and 40% in the placebo group respectively. Source
• A type of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis)- Early research shows that bromelain may help alleviate ulcerative colitis symptoms in people who haven’t had significant relief after other standard therapies. Source
• Tendonopathy- may help reduce pain after overuse or injury of tendons. Source
• Antibiotic absorption- May help enhance the absorption of antibiotics. Source
• Hayfever- May help alleviated symptoms of hayfever and is considered by many as a natural antihistamine. Source
• Antibiotic absorption- May help improve the absorption of antibiotics. Source
In some people, oral supplementation of bromelain may cause adverse reactionssuch as:
changes in menstruation
an increased heart rate
People who are allergic to pineapple should avoid bromelain.
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