Bromelain: Benefits, Side Effects, Dosage And More

Bromelain
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About Bromelain

The enzyme Bromelain is thought to stimulate the body’s natural ability to relieve inflammation and chronic pain. This naturally occurring enzyme also contains certain chemicals which can slow the clotting of blood, and reduce* the growth rate of cancerous tumor cells.

Where Does It Come From?

This enzyme is currently only found in fresh pineapple juice, and in the stem of the tropical fruit. Used for certain medicinal practices, it is gaining popularity among athletes for its ability to reduce* pain and inflammation after strenuous workouts. While current studies suggest that Bromelain might not be effective at treating muscle pain, the enzyme does have other health benefits.

What Are The Health Benefits of Bromelain?

While it may still not be known whether the enzyme can improve* muscle pain, it can help to reduce* swelling in your nose and sinuses. You can also use the natural ingredient to relieve the symptoms associated with hay fever, and ulcerative colitis. Other health benefits associated with Bromelain also include its ability to prevent water from collecting in your lungs, and helping to prevent certain cancers. You can also use the enzyme to improve* the appearance of your skin after a burn, and to help you burn fat while losing weight.

Bromelain is also thought to be able to improve* your body’s ability to absorb lifesaving antibiotics, and improving* blood flow while preventing clotting. Some health care professionals also suggest that adding the enzyme to your diet during pregnancy can help to ease* some of the pain associated with labor.

What Are The Potential Side Effects of Bromelain?

It is always important to speak to a health care professional before adding Bromelain to your diet, especially if you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding. While the enzyme can help to induce and shorten labor, there is still not enough information available to safely recommend it. Some of the common side effects associated with Bromelain are nausea and diarrhea. It is also important to note that the enzyme is found in pineapples, which should be taken into account in case of an allergic reaction. In most cases though, it is safe to add this natural enzyme to your daily diet.

Recommended Dosage and Timing for Bromelain

As always it is important to speak to your health care provider about any dosage or schedule, but in most case the following is recommended by researchers;

Bromelain can be beneficial in treating osteoarthritis when combined with other ingredients. After careful research, most health care professionals recommend taking 2 tablets with each meal throughout the day. In most cases this equals 2 supplements with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The recommended dosage is generally 90mg of the enzyme per tablet.

Use of Bromelain in Supplements

The natural enzyme is often combined with other ingredients in supplements used to treat* the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. While this has been backed up by scientific research other potential uses are still being studied. Some promising results include using Bromeliad supplements to treat* and improve* the appearance of skin burns*, along with treating certain sinus conditions. Before adding a Bromelain supplement to your diet, it is important to check with your health care provider.

Bromelain Interactions

The enzyme can interact with certain antibiotics, and can increase* your risk of developing side effects. It can also interact with certain medications that improve* blood flow can increase* your risk of bruising and profuse bleeding. Your health care provider will be able to tell you if you are at risk by adding Bromelain to your diet.

Conclusion

Even though research is still pending on many of the potential benefits or side effects of the enzyme, it can improve* the lives of some people. Found in pineapple juice, the enzyme has been proven* able to reduce* pain and swelling associated with osteoarthritis. It is generally thought to be safe for most people, and studies are showing signs that the enzyme might have other health benefits. Some of which include preventing cancer and helping you to lose* weight.

Even with all of the benefits associated with pineapples, it is still important to speak with your health care provider before adding any supplement to your diet. After all, it never hurts to get a second opinion when it comes to your health.

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