Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme found primarily in the fruit, juice, and stem of plants belonging to the Bromeliaceae botanical family, with pineapple being the one most familiar to us.
Bromelain concentration is highest in the pineapple stem, which is typically a waste byproduct of pineapple juice extraction. Bromelain seems to be best known as a digestive aid for the breakdown of dietary proteins. If you’re someone who has difficulty with protein metabolism then this might be an option for you. Please consult with a medical professional before including any new supplementation or making any dietary changes.
The beneficial effects of bromelain aren’t limited to this property. This enzyme exerts interesting effects in the lungs, suggesting it could be a helpful adjunct used in pulmonary edema, bronchitis, sinusitis, and conditions related to inflammatory airway diseases, such as asthma. Some people like to drink pineapple juice to help with an annoying cough. The beneficial effects of bromelain on lung function are a result of its protease activity. Using pulmonary fibrosis as an example, thick fibrin deposits on the alveoli prevent normal exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen, leading to shortness of breath upon exertion. If bromelain is successful in degrading some of the fibrin, lung capacity and ease of breathing could be improved.
Another action of this enzyme is an anti-inflammatory effect. When taken away from food this enzyme can act as an anti-inflammator for common musculoskeletal issues.
Please consult with a medical professional before including any new supplementation or making any dietary changes.
Jurgelewicz, Michael. (2014, Oct 9). Breathe easier with bromelain. Retrieved from www.designsforhealth.com