Updated: Sep 24, 2020
Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme mixture derived from the stem, fruit, and juice of the pineapple plant. It has a centuries-long history of being used to treat medical ailments, primarily throughout Central and South America.
Enzymes break apart compounds, and in this case bromelain or pineapple taken on an empty stomach breaks down protein-based inflammatory compounds.
Benefits: They can be used for various types of inflammatory conditions including sprains, strains, tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, knee pain, and ulcerative colitis.
Additional Benefits: When taken on an empty stomach, bromelain also helps relieve sinus inflammation and seasonal allergy symptoms and is most often combined with the bioflavonoid quercetin. When taken with food, bromelain and pineapple help you digest protein-rich foods.
Preparation: Bromelain pills tend to be most helpful — follow the dosage instructions on the product label — but regular consumption of freshly juiced pineapple (include the core, where bromelain is concentrated) may also help
Cautions and Considerations: Generally safe. They may interact with medications, particularly blood-thinning pharmaceuticals.
Excerpt From: Groves, Maria Noel. “Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care.” iBooks.