Bromelain is a protein-digesting group of proteolytic enzymes that can be found naturally only in pineapple. The enzyme is present both in the fruit itself and in the stem of the plant. Bromelain is responsible for breaking down various proteins. It’s especially useful because it can function the same way in both acidic and alkaline (base) environments. In regions to which the pineapple is native or highly accessible, bromelain plays a key role in digestion, as well as healing wounds and treatings illness. The enzyme can also help soothe irritated bowels and reduce acidic stomach distress. As you will see, there are many health benefits of bromelain.
1. What Does Bromelain Do in the Body?
Bromelain is an anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent. These qualities make the enzyme helpful to painful “flare-ups” caused by auto-immune disorders. It also has fibrinolytic and antithrombotic properties, meaning it can help reduce the frequency and severity of blood clots, swelling, and edema. Bromelain also soothes and relaxes inflamed muscles and connective tissues – in fact, it is used as a meat tenderizer. Bromelain is especially good for strains, sprains, and tears in ligaments, tendons, and muscles.