Bromelain is a combination of enzymes that are extracted from the stem and core of pineapple. This mixture of compounds can be used to treat a number of health conditions.
Here are 5 health benefits of bromelain:
A recent study involving breast cancer patients suggests that bromelain may strengthen the immune system and curb the side effects of some cancer treatments, particularly chemotherapy. Animal studies suggest that it may increase the survival rates of patients with leukemia, sarcoma, tumors, and other types of cancer. However, these anti-cancer effects have not been proven in clinical trials.
Bromelain helps with the digestion of protein. Commonly used for bloating and gas, it can be used to relieve indigestion and stomach aches.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Evidence suggests that bromelain reduces swelling, pain and inflammation caused by surgery and injuries. In fact, some studies claim to have found that the anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain are more effective than several different types of medication, but results are mixed.
Because bromelain can reduce inflammation, it can may help to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It can reduce the swelling within the joints, which helps helping patients find to bring immediate relief from the pain and potentially helping to avoid further complications that can occur when joints remain inflamed for a longer period of time.
When a respiratory tract infection occurs, it can be very uncomfortable because of the congestion. Bromelain helps to soothe congestion by reducing the inflammation of the nasal passages, which in turn breaks up the mucus that is present. Bromelain has also proven effective in treating other respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and sinusitis.