Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme derived from pineapple juice. It is best known as a digestive aid and for its anti-inflammatory properties. It treats inflammation by breaking down proteins in swollen tissues. This is especially useful after traumatic injuries to tissue. It also has anti-viral properties and can break down blood clot formation. It prevents blood clots by decreasing the amount of fibrin in serum.
In addition, it has been utilized to treat heart disease, arthritis and upper respiratory infections. It can also promote healing of wound caused by burns, and increase the action of anti-biotics and chemotherapy.
Bromelain Health Benefits
Considerations In UseAvailable in tablet forms and when used by itself as much as 50% of the medication is passed out of the GI tract unabsorbed. Many times it is combined with papain so the more of it actually enters the bloodstream, as a result the combination formula is preferable to pure compound. Take 500mg with each meal.
You should use bromelain for only 8-10 days.
Taking with tetracycline will increase the concentratiton of the antibiotic in the bloodstream and therefore may increase allergic reactions.
You should not take this supplement if you are on Coumadin or any other blood thinners, if you are pregnant, or have kidney disease or hypertension.
There have been many reports on the internet saying that Bromelain may help with cancers as it has anti-tumor effects. Unfortunately these have been studies on mice only and it is a long step from laboratory mice studies to full clinical trials on humans.
Avoid bromelain if you are allergic to pineapple.
Brien S, Lewith G, Walker AF, et al. Bromelain as an adjunctive treatment for moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized placebo-controlled pilot study.QJM. Dec 2006;99(12):841-850.