Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme (one which is able to break down proteins), or more specifically, a cysteine protease. It is extracted from pineapples (1).
Bromelain has long been used in certain traditional pharmacopoeia, including those of Hawaii, Central America and the Philippines (2). Now many of today’s scientists are also investigating its benefits.
Substances which naturally break down proteins may prove to be highly beneficial for health. Bromelain in particular, could help support the pancreas and reduce acid reflux (3).
Shooting pains, difficulty moving, stiffness... Joint discomfort is a blight on many people’s lives (4). According to some scientists, bromelain may help to moderate such problems. In particular, it’s believed to play a part in improving joint mobility (5) and inhibiting the production of prostaglandins. It is also thought to accelerate wound-healing and promote the elimination of arterial plaque and blood clots (6-8).
Small amounts of bromelain are present in the pulp of the pineapple: be sure, though, to eat the fruit in its fresh state, as the enzymes are heat-sensitive, and canned pineapple is subject to high temperature sterilisation. But it is primarily the pineapple stem and roots that contain bromelain, yet these parts of the fruit are never eaten.
So to benefit fully from the fruit’s properties, it’s best to take a dietary supplement such as Bromelain. What’s more, this product comes in gastro-resistant capsules, which make it particularly absorbable by the body. A perfect way in which to benefit from bromelain’s virtues!
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