Pineapples are one of the most well-loved tropical fruits around the world. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain.
Bromelain has managed to take notice of the medical world because of the impressive health benefits it may offer!
What Is Bromelain?
Bromelain, or it may be called pineapple extract. It is widely known for its ability to aid in digestion. The good news is that it’s available in the market as a supplement or as the fruit! (fiber, fiber, fiber!)
The history of bromelain is heavily linked to pineapple because it is the only known major source for this group of enzymes.
First discovered of this element/enzyme in 1891 by a chemist, being described as the “proteolytic ferment of pineapple juice.”
Its first primary source was pineapple the fruit, before it was discovered that the mature pineapple stem had much more concentrated bromelain content.
After many years of research, bromelain supplements are used for numerous health approaches!
There are no other fruit that contain high amounts of this compound. There are currently two types of bromelain, dependent on where the enzyme was extracted.
These types are:
Pineapple stem bromelain – This type of bromelain is widely available in the market because its extraction is When bromelain is mentioned or used in mainstream products, it is most probably this type of bromelain.
Pineapple fruit bromelain – Unlike stem bromelain, this type is not widely used because of its limited availability. The studies suggest that fruit bromelain has a weaker digestive ability compared to stem bromelain, but has better proteolytic (helps digest protein by helping break it down into amino acids) activity.
Studies are leaning towards a few areas of benefit with bromelain. They are:
1)Improves protein absorption in the body.
2 )May help reduce inflammation and swelling
3) May help Improve immune function. Studies show that bromelain promotes a healthy immune system by regulating numerous inflammatory proteins.
4) May speed up wound healing. The use of bromelain post-surgery has been observed to promote soft-tissue healing and reduce bruising.
5) May relieve sinusitis symptoms. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the inner lining of the sinuses, which may be caused by infections, or allergies. Bromelain has been known as a supplement for relieving sinusitis symptoms.
Other possible uses for Bromelain:
Indigestion and heartburn. Taking bromelain has been known to assist in easing indigestion and bloating.
A soothing balm for insect bites and stings. Applying bromelain directly to insect bites and stings may lessen inflammation and discomfort.
A meat tenderizer. Pineapple has been used in cooking to soften meats. Today, bromelain is sold in powder form as a meat tenderizer.
Possible Drug Interactions:
Bromelain may have specific drug interactions to medications that you are currently taking. Speak with your primary care physician or practitioner for direction regarding bromelain.
Examples may be; Antibiotics, Anticoagulant, antiplatelet, aspirin, NSAIDs, sedatives, antidepressants.
*************If you are on any of these medications, talk to your physician or practitioner to ensure that there is not being harm caused***********