Bromelain is an enzyme that digests proteins. It is usually derived from the stem part of the pineapple plant, and is popular for its ability to assist in the digestion process. Health benefits of bromelain also include its ability to prevent inflammation after surgeries and in serious injuries and wounds. Apart from the above, bromelain has successfully been used in the treatment of some other health disorders like Peyronie’s disease (a genitourinary tract infection capable of causing sexual dysfunction in men), arthritis, heart disease, and upper respiratory tract infection.
In order to enjoy the anti-inflammatory health benefits of bromelain, it is advisable, for maximum absorption, to take bromelain on an empty stomach – between meals.
Bromelain can be helpful in relieving asthma symptoms because of its ability to reduce inflammation and swelling. And according to the American Cancer Society, the health benefits of bromelain include: effectiveness in the relief of osteoarthritis, and joint pains like Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, arthritis, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS); it could boost the immune system; useful in the treatment of the inflammation and swelling of the sinuses and nose in a natural way; bromelain helps to increase blood circulation and ensure proper draining of tissues through its action of breaking down fibrins, blood-clotting proteins. According to the National Library of Medicine in the United States, bromelain could help to lower blood pressure when it is used together with Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
It is advisable to consult with your doctor prior to using bromelain to derive its health benefits, though it is readily available in fresh pineapples and as bromelain supplements. Is it not wonderful that a fruit-produced enzyme could be useful to health this much.