are many research studies to demonstrate its potential health benefits.
It has an excellent safety record and it's protein-digesting
ability makes it a versatile enzyme for the body.
If you suffer from arthritis (osteoarthritis
and rheumatoid arthritis),
it is worth giving bromelain a try. There are very few side
effects and it is shown to work as well as some prescription
What other names is it known by?
It is also known as bromelin, pineapple enzyme, pineapple extract or
bromelainum in different parts of the world.
It is a name describing proteolytic enzymes extracted from the
stem and fruit of the pineapple. It was isolated from pineapple in 1876.
Research studies show that it is an enzymes that breaks down protein.
It is also shown to stop or slow down the growth of cancer cells and
prevent the blood from clotting.
Further studies show that it blocks
the formation of fibrin and other chemicals that leads to swelling,
inflammation and pain at the injury site.
Many more studies further
shows that it can speed up healing of the soft tissues.
Benefits and Traditional Uses
- anti-inflammatory benefits
- blood clot prevention
- cancer prevention
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- Crohn's disease
- digestion aid
- enhanced antibiotic absorption
- gastric ulcers
- gastric upset
- inflammatory bowel disease (IBS)
- injured joints
- muscle soreness
- nasal and sinus congestion
- PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
- rheumatoid arthritis
- sinusitis (sinus infection)
- sports injuries
- ulcerative colitis
Topically (on the skin)
- inflammation reduction
- local swelling
- post-surgery pain
- soft tissue injuries
- sports injuries
- wound healing
Effects, Toxicity and Warnings
effects such as stomach upset and diarrhea has been reported.
is possible that people with allergies to pineapple could have an
allergic reaction to it. If you have a known allergy to pineapple,
avoid taking this. This may lead to skin reactions or an asthma attack.
Safety - Research studies conducted
that it is safe and has few reported side effects at the appropriate
and Lactation - Avoid taking during pregnancy as there are
no information available.
warfarin / blood-thinning medications -
supplement has antiplatelet activity (preventing blood from
could increase the risk of bleeding. Have your warfarin levels
monitored when starting or stopping bromelin supplement.
that contain Bromelain
Dietary source of bromelin includes pineapple.
& How to Take It
The German Commission E suggests dosage from 80 to 320 mg taken two to
three times daily.
is available as tablets, enteric coated tablets, capsules (in many
strengths), powder and cream formulations (in strengths up to 35%).
When taking the supplement for the first time, it is best to start with
a lower dosage and to increase slowly.
Digestion Aid: 500 mg daily (divided
into two or three doses).
Traumatic injuries / Bruises: 500 mg
four times daily on an empty stomach.
Arthritis/Osteoarthritis: 250 to 1000 mg
Other dosages used include:
Knee Pain: 200 to 400 mg daily.
Muscle Soreness: 300 mg three times daily
Asthma: Take 250 to 500 mg up to three times daily.
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