Bromelain is an enzyme that is found in pineapple. This enzyme is an amazing natural remedy that is used for health problems from bruising to cancer. This natural enzyme helps break down protein and thus makes it very helpful for a variety of digestive complaints, including heartburn, acid reflux and colitis.
Perhaps the most common reason people take bromelain is to reduce inflammation. Bromelain’s anti-inflammatory effect make it a useful remedy for a multitude of health problems caused by inflammation, including the following:
- joint pain
- trigger finger
- carpal tunnel
Bromelain – A Pain Killer Alternative
Billions of dollars are spent each year on pain medications. Unfortunately, pain medications, even over the counter pain medications are not without side effects. Frequent or overuse of pain medications can cause serious health problems, including liver damage and kidney damage. Prescription pain medication can become addictive. Overuse of pain medication can even cause death.
Many people are finding that bromelain reduces pain and inflammation as effectively as over the counter and prescription medications. Bromelain carries a lower risk of side effects and brings no risk of addiction.
Bromelain is even used post-operatively to reduce pain in some cases instead of prescription pain medications. Its reputation for reducing bruising makes it especially appealing for some types of surgery.
Where Can I Get Bromelain?
A purist will want to get his bromelain straight from the source – the pineapple. You can consume pineapple juice or you can eat pineapple. The the highest concentration of bromelain is in the core. For most people who wish to take bromelain on a regular basis however, bromelain capsules can be taken.
For pain and inflammation, bromelain is taken once or twice a day on an empty stomach. For digestive problems, bromelain is taken with meals.
Side Effects of Bromelain
Bromelain is not for everyone. If you are allergic to or sensitive to pineapple, you should avoid bromelain.
Bromelain has also been known to cause hives, nausea, heart palpitations, vomiting and diarrhea.
Because bromelain has blood thinning properties, it can increase menstrual bleeding.
If you take blood thinners or have a blood disorder, bromelain may not be appropriate for you.
If you want to take bromelain for pain after surgery, you should check with your surgeon to make sure it is compatible with any other medications you are taking post surgery, and to make sure its blood thinning properties would not interfere with your healing.
Have you tried bromelain? We would love to hear from you!