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 this product.
It is a proteolytic enzyme, one that decomposes protein in the body. One of its first noted benefits was as a digestant. 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 tryptin.
Bromelain, derived from the stem of 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 arthritis.
“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 pro-inflammation.
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 1997)
Bromelain 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 without side effects. (Spectramin)