Bromelain is an enzyme that is
taken from the stem and fruit of the
pineapple. It is used to help ease inflammation in the body, speed the healing
of wounds and bruises, and aid in the digestion of proteins. Some studies put forward
that it may also be beneficial in helping to fight cardiovascular
disease and cancer.
Bromelain is also as a good treatment for pain and swelling
caused by trauma from sports injuries, surgery, and infections. Studies have
shown its ability help the body recover
from injury faster by stopping the accumulation of fibrin and inflammatory substances, such as leukotrienes.
The German Expert Panel has approved bromelain for treatment of swelling and athletic
injuries, and recommends a dose of 80 to 120 milligrams two to three times
There’s also evidence that a taking 1,200 to 1,800 milligrams every day can help relive painful inflammation
from rheumatoid arthritis. When combined with antibiotics, it may also
help reduce inflammation associated with sinusitis. Studies have shown that it
is also beneficial for reducing swelling and improving breathing.
Bromelain inhibits the clumping of blood platelets, and so it has been suggested that it might help prevent heart disease caused by plaque formation
that could lead to a heart attack. It has been studied for its effectiveness in
treating angina and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), both alone and
in combination with other therapies.
However, higher doses of bromelain may
increase the heart rate and the effects of prescription blood thinners often
prescribed to treat heart disease; people with cardiovascular disease should
talk to their doctor before using the supplements.
Bromelain may increase the absorption of some drugs, including
antibiotics, chemotherapy drugs, and certain blood pressure medications. Some researchers
are concerned that it could increase the effects of
other medications such as blood-thinning drugs like warfarin (Coumadin);
anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin, Advil, naproxen, and aspirin;
antiplatelet drugs such as clopidogrel (Plavix); herbs,
such as ginkgo, saw
palmetto, or garlic;
and high doses of vitamin
E. People who have are taking any of these substances, or who suffer from
bleeding disorders should take this supplement with caution.
The supplement may help those suffering from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) by
inhibiting the prostaglandin hormones that cause premenstrual cramps, although
some studies have shown that bromelain may actually increase bleeding during
If you suffer from pain or inflammation, or have recently sustained an injury,
you may very well benefit from taking it. There is no recommended dietary
allowance (RDA), but doses of up to 1,000
milligrams taken three times daily have shown no toxic effects.
Supplements are available in tablets and in a topical cream. Some say taking it on an empty stomach (potatoes and soybeans may
interfere with its absorption) in combination with magnesium,
which may increase the effects of bromelain.
People who are allergic to pineapples, tree or grass pollen, carrots,
bees, latex, or flour should avoid it, as it has been reported to cause
allergic and asthmatic reactions in these people.
Few side effects have been reported with its use.
The most common side effects reported are stomach upset and diarrhea. Keep in
mind that it may increase the sedative effects of some medications, including alcohol, antidepressants, barbiturates, and narcotics
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