Does Bromelain Work?

Many people wonder about the effectiveness of bromelain. One study suggests that bromelain may work for osteoarthritis pain, as well as improving joint function. Also, in other countries, bromelain is generally accepted to be effective for treating sinus infections, reducing swelling, and promoting healing after injury or surgery. However, more research is needed to prove that the supplement is effective for these uses.

Does Bromelain Really Work?

As with most dietary supplements, bromelain is claimed to work for a variety of different uses. But does it really work? This article will address the effectiveness of bromelain for various uses, including:
 
  • Treating and/or preventing the following conditions:

 

 

  • Reducing swelling due to injuries or surgeries
  • Assisting burn debridement (the removal of dead, burned tissue)
  • Shortening labor during childbirth
  • Enhancing fat removal from the body
  • Aiding digestion
  • Reducing sinus symptoms, such as congestion.
     

Bromelain and Scientific Evidence

One study suggests that bromelain (combined with two other active ingredients, trypsin and rutin) may work for osteoarthritis, relieving pain and improving joint function. More studies are needed to confirm these findings (and to determine if bromelain is effective by itself).
 
In other countries, bromelain is generally accepted to be effective for treating sinus infections or other sinus problems, helping with wound debridement, and reducing swelling and promoting healing after injury or surgery. However, more research (especially high-quality research) is needed before it can be said conclusively that bromelain works for these uses.
 
There is not enough scientific evidence to suggest that bromelain really works (or does not work) for other uses. Again, more studies are necessary before bromelain can be recommended for such uses.
 
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