Bromelain is a protein digesting enzyme which is derived from the stems and juices of pineapples. Bromelain is significant for the fact that it is not easily broken down by your digestive juices which mean that it survives intact and is able to be absorbed and utilised from the intestines, thereby enabling it to have therapeutic effects throughout the body
Bromelain is associated with several physiological effects and as such can be beneficial for a range of conditions. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and it is useful for all conditions where inflammation is a factor such as acute injury, infections and allergies such as hay fever. It is also beneficial with chronic inflammatory conditions such as sinusitis, asthma or arthritis, (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), and inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis.
Bromelain can be used to reduce the risk of blood clotting and thrombosis, since it discourages platelet aggregation. Bromelain is used for treating diseases of the arteries such as atheroma, or where there is a risk of thrombosis. It appears to activate substances which dissolve blood clots, and so is good reducing the damage caused by thrombosis. Due to these effects care must be taken if you are taking anti-coagulant drugs such as warfarin.
It accelerates the action of anti-biotics thus minimising the dose required to have the desired effect.
Bromelain can inhibit the growth of cancer cells; it stimulates the immune system and appears to have the effect of making cancer cells more differentiated and hence more susceptible to attack by the immune system.
Your can obtain Bromelain by eating lots of pineapple
Try this recipe for Green Pineapple Juice
- ½ Pineapple – peeled and diced (including the core)
- ½ cucumber
- 2 apples
- 1 lime
- 2 sticks of celery
- Bunch of leafy greens – e.g. spinach, lettuce, watercress
- Pass all the ingredients in turn through a juicer.
- Drink Immediately
Alternatively you can take Bromelain in supplement form. The dosage needed is from 500-1500 mg, in divided doses, per day.
So next time you are about to reach for an anti-inflammatory drug, try eating pineapple or taking a Bromelain supplement instead.