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Bromelain Health Benefits

What is Bromelain?

Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme mixture found naturally in the stem, fruit, and juice of the pineapple plant. Bromelain supplements are safe and used to treat a variety of health conditions.  Benefits include relieving constipation, sinus problems, reducing inflammation, and improving digestion.  Even though bromelain is extracted from pineapple, eating pineapple or drinking its juice doesn't supply a large enough dose to be effective. 

People use bromelain to reduce inflammation and swelling — particularly of the nasal passage.  It can also be used topically, to remove dead skin from burns,  Bromelain is also used as a digestive aid for osteoarthritis and to reduce soreness in aching muscles.

Because bromelain helps with digestion, it makes the breakdown faster, and can help get things moving around down there if you're having trouble staying regular.

Health Benefits

Bromelain and its potential health benefits have been studied extensively in multiple areas.  These include:

  • Relieves constipation
  • Relieves sinusitis
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Enhancing digestion
  • Treating osteoarthritis
  • Anti-cancer effects
  • Weight loss

Side Effects

Bromelain is generally considered safe but can cause digestive issues like diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, when taken in very high doses.

As always, talk to your physician about possible interactions with prescription medications.

Summary

Bromelain has many great health benefits.  You can get bromelain by eating papaya, pineapple, kiwifruit and fermented foods, or you can take a supplement. Be sure to read the fine print before buying supplements, checking for potency, quality, enzyme type and dosage instructions as all supplements are not created equal.  You can get a high quality form of bromelain below.

Yours in health,


Dr. Steven M. Nickels, DC, NMD, DACBN, DCBCN


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