What Are Some Possible Bromelain Benefits?
is a mixture of pineapple enzymes. In addition to its use as a meat tenderizer, bromelain is also used as a dietary supplement
. People sometimes use bromelain medicinally for the following purposes:
Some of these possible benefits of bromelain are more legitimate than others, although much more research is necessary to confirm that bromelain is truly effective for any use (see Does Bromelain Work?)
. In general, bromelain is taken by mouth for most uses, although it can also be applied to the skin as a cream (such as for burn debridement).
How Does Bromelain Work?
Bromelain is a mixture of proteolytic (protein-dissolving) enzymes. It contains substances that may slow down the growth of cancerous cells, decrease the "stickiness" of blood platelets, help to break down blood clots, and help to break down and remove dead, damaged, or infected tissue (such as in burn wounds). Bromelain may affect the way white blood cells function, which may produce anti-inflammatory properties.