Bromelain is a Proteolytic (protein digesting) enzyme which is found mainly in the stems of pineapples. It also has anti-inflammatory and blood thinning actions in the body.
What it does
- Digestion support: Bromelain can assist the enzymes that the body naturally produces to carry out protein digestion, which can help avoid the development of intestinal disorders, toxic build-up and food allergies.
- Anti-inflammatory: Proteolytic enzymes have been shown to inhibit various inflammatory processes, such as those that occur in arthritis, sports injuries etc, facilitating healing. nflammation and facilitating healing of injuries. The effect is usually quicker than that of herbs, making it particularly useful for short-term inflammation, such as sports injuries or muscle strain.
- Immune support: White blood cells of the immune system often use enzymes to digest invading viruses and bacteria. Additional enzymes from foods may reduce the work load on the immune system, allowing it to work more efficiently on viruses, bacteria, etc. This may also reduce immune system hyperactivity.
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For use other than protein digestion, bromelain should be taken on an empty stomach, at least half an hour before food.
Bromelain may increase the effectiveness of the drug warfarin, check with your doctor before use.
Do not use on an empty stomach if you have a stomach ulcer.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using bromelain.
Bromelain supplements may enhance the action of some antibiotics, in particular amoxicillin, erythromycin and penicillin improving their anti-bacterial action.