Bromelain was first introduced in 1957. Since then it
has proved an important aid to so many diseases that more than 600
research articles are now found in the scientific literature about
is a proteolytic enzyme, one that decomposes protein in the body. One
of its first noted benefits was as a digestant.
Bromelain is derived from the stem of the pineapple
plant. This enzyme is effective not only in the acid present in the
stomach, but also in the alkaline environment of the intestine. It is
considered a substitute for the digestants pepsin and
found in pineapple, is a digestive enzyme that breaks down protein.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties that have been
scientifically shown to be effective in the treatment of rheumatoid
"In a study by Dr. A.
Cohenm reported in the Pennsylvania Medical Journal, over 70% of the
participants, some of whom had both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis,
experienced excellent to good results of decreased pain and swelling
and increased mobility." (AM pg. 175)
Many health professionals recommend
Bromelain for pain, inflammation and swelling. Raw
pineapple alone cannot provide sufficient amounts of this digestive
enzyme. Bromelain must be obtained from supplements to be
nutritionally beneficial for the joints.
Bromelain's effectiveness is due to its ability to reduce
the harmful prostaglandins in the body that cause pain and
inflammation and block the absorption of nutrients through the
tissues. By helping to inhibit these
Bromelain is a safe and nutritional alternative for
maintaining healthy joints. Bromelain also has a positive effect on the "good"
prostaglandins. Common therapies, such as aspirin, inhibit all
prostaglandins, including the "good" ones. (The Herbalist, Spring
natural digestive enzyme in pineapple, helps counteract histamine which is
a factor in swelling and joint aches.
Bromelain helps cells effectively shed fluids and fats. It
aids healthy digestion by naturally breaking down fat from food. No side