is the name of a group of powerful protein-digesting, or proteolytic,
enzymes that are found in the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus). Discovered
in 1957, and widely studied since then, bromelain is particularly useful
for reducing muscle and tissue inflammation and as a digestive aid.
may help to:
sprains, strains, and muscle aches and pains. Bromelain reduces swelling,
bruising, redness, and tenderness that can result from tissue injuries
or muscle aches and pains, or from surgery.
back pain and chronic joint pain associated with arthritis. In addition
to easing the aching and stiffness of back muscles, bromelain also seems
to relieve pain in chronically inflamed joints. It has been found that
in some arthritis patients, smaller amounts of corticosteroids (such as
prednisone) were needed when bromelain was taken at the same time.
digestion and reduce heartburn. Bromelain can enhance the effect of such
digestive enzymes as trypsin or pepsin (especially when the pancreas is
producing insufficient amounts of them). Bromelain can also ease the pain
of heartburn and lessen the effects of diarrhea when these conditions
are caused by a shortage of digestive enzymes.