Bromelain – a powerful natural anti-inflammatory agent

bromelain from pineapple

Bromelain is a protein digesting enzyme which is derived from the stems and juices of pineapples. Bromelain is significant for the fact that it is not easily broken down by your digestive juices which mean that it survives intact and is able to be absorbed and utilised from the intestines, thereby enabling it to have therapeutic effects throughout the body

Bromelain is associated with several physiological effects and as such can be beneficial for a range of conditions. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and it is useful for all conditions where inflammation is a factor such as acute injury, infections and allergies such as hay fever. It is also beneficial with chronic inflammatory conditions such as sinusitis, asthma or arthritis, (both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis), and inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative colitis.

Bromelain can be used to reduce the risk of blood clotting and thrombosis, since it discourages platelet aggregation. Bromelain is used for treating diseases of the arteries such as atheroma, or where there is a risk of thrombosis. It appears to activate substances which dissolve blood clots, and so is good reducing the damage caused by thrombosis. Due to these effects care must be taken if you are taking anti-coagulant drugs such as warfarin.

It accelerates the action of anti-biotics thus minimising the dose required to have the desired effect.

Bromelain can inhibit the growth of cancer cells; it stimulates the immune system and appears to have the effect of making cancer cells more differentiated and hence more susceptible to attack by the immune system.

Your can obtain Bromelain by eating lots of  pineapple

Try this recipe for  Green Pineapple Juice

 Ingredients:

  • ½ Pineapple – peeled and diced (including the core)
  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lime
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • Bunch of leafy greens – e.g. spinach, lettuce, watercress

Directions

  • Pass all the ingredients in turn through a juicer.
  • Drink Immediately

Alternatively you can take Bromelain in supplement form. The dosage needed is from 500-1500 mg, in divided doses, per day.

So next time you are about to reach for an anti-inflammatory drug, try eating pineapple or taking a Bromelain supplement instead.

Comments

  1. Stopping by from the UBC! Off to read through your blog!!
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  2. What a great article….pineapple is my favorite fruit, and the receipe sounds like a great way to add in some other healthy items and capitalize on the pineapple’s strong flavor. Thanks for the info!
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  3. I don’t know much about natural health, but am interested to learn. As I age, it’s important to me that I be able to avoid prescription meds as much as possible. I’m fortunate not to have any health issues and I’d like it to stay that way!

    Your recipe sounds pretty good. I don’t have a juicer; would a blender or food processor do the trick?
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    • yes you could blend these ingredients and you would have a smoothie instead. Juice the lime separately by hand before adding to the mix.

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