Bromelain: the power of pineapple

Pineapple has a long history of traditional use as both a medicinal plant and an exotic food source. Not only does the fruit taste good, it also provides an excellent source of bromelain, which has a wide range of health benefits.

What is bromelain?
Bromelain is a proteolytic, or protein digesting, enzyme, derived from the fruit and stem of pineapple. Bromelain helps to break down large protein molecules found in the diet and provides anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving activity associated with soft tissue trauma.

How does bromelain work?
Bromelain is able to be absorbed without being degraded or losing any of its biological activity in the digestive tract, so it doesn’t lose any of its therapeutic activity. The proteolytic action of bromelain initiates the breakdown of larger proteins into their smaller amino acid components, assisting protein digestion and healthy digestive function. Bromelain also provides anti-inflammatory activity through inhibition of bradykinin production, a substance that dilates blood vessels at the site of inflammation, and by limiting the formation of fibrin, a blood clotting compound. This anti-inflammatory activity assists in reducing inflammation and swelling associated with soft tissue injury or trauma. See Bromelain Forte.

Benefits of bromelain at a glance

  • Aids in the digestion of proteins
  • Aids healthy digestive function
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves pain and mild tissue oedema associated with soft tissue trauma
  • Vegetarian and vegan-friendly digestive enzyme

When to take bromelain
Bromelain can be taken before a meal, or in between meals, for a different therapeutic effect:

1. Digestion of proteins
Take just before any meal that contains protein for the best digestive effect.

2. Soft tissue injury or trauma
Take in between meals to reduce inflammation association with soft tissue injury or trauma.

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