WHAT IS BROMELAIN?
Bromelain is an all natural enzyme derived from the pineapple plant, primarily extracted from its stem. It effectively treats many causes of inflammation and is used in Oncology as a secondary treatment in cancer therapy.
The enzyme has been widely used medicinally by Central and South Americans for several hundred years. The first documented extraction of the pineapple enzyme occurred in South America the late 1800’s. Bromelain was introduced into the United States as a supplement in 1957. In 1993, Germany’s “Commission E” (the country’s governmental regulation agency comparable to the FDA) approved the use of Bromelain to serve as a post-surgery anti-inflammatory.
USES AND BENEFITS OF BROMELAIN
Bromelain is known to relieve symptoms associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-surgery inflammation (including dental), sprains, tendinitis, allergies, sinusitis, ear nose & throat inflammation, general joint pain. It also aids in digestion, treats digestive inflammatory disorders and aids in burn wound care.
Notably, Bromelain is also used as a natural alternative to prevent and treat cancer. “Research published in the journal Planta Medica found that bromelain was superior to the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorauracil in treating cancer in an animal study…” ~ source
RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS
Although much safer than Pharma medications, Bromelain may still cause mild side effects in comparison to conventional meds. Bromelain could have a blood-thinning effect when used in conjunction with certain prescription medications. Diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain are among other adverse symptoms. Do not use Bromelain if you are allergic to pineapples.
THE GREEDY FAMILY’S USE OF BROMELAIN
Bromelain has been a medicinal staple in The Greedy Family’s house since about 2009. The husband first used it after exploring natural sinusitis treatments during a time when he didn’t have health insurance. Since then, Bromelain has helped our entire family treat allergies, sinus inflammation, and avoid full blown episodes of miserable sinusitis. Bromelain helps us to steer clear of Pharma antibiotics and their troubling side effects. No one in our family has experienced adverse side effects from the use of Bromelain. I recently used Bromelain to calm down a bad case of the hives. The itching and discomfort lessen tremendously within 30 minutes of my taking one 1,500mg Bromelain caplet.
“WHICH BRAND OF BROMELAIN SHOULD I BUY?”
After trying several different brands, we settled on Nature’s Plus Ultra Bromelain 1500 mg capsules as the best and most effective. I give the youngest Greedies Nature’s Plus Chewable Bromelain, 40 mg. One drawback to the chewables is slight moisture absorption that can develop in the pill bottle. Keep the chewables bottle closed properly and store in a cool, dry place.
Bromelain is a safer, low cost, natural option in comparison to Pharma drugs. If you or a loved one suffers from any type of inflammation or is facing cancer, consider the use of Bromelain in your supplement regimen.
The topic presented is for informational purposes. I am not a medical professional and make no guarantees regarding the natural health remedies you use.