What Is Bromelain?

Pineapple contains certain enzymes that are called bromelain. These enzymes can dissolve protein and are used to tenderize meat and as nutritional supplements. Bromelain is thought to aid in digestion and reduce inflammation. It may also have activity against cancer and blood clots.
 
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 also affect the way white blood cells function, which may produce anti-inflammatory properties.
 
In general, there is little scientific evidence to suggest conclusively that bromelain really is effective for most uses. However, early research shows promise for a few different bromelain uses.
 
(Click Bromelain for a more in-depth look at what bromelain is used for. This article provides a complete overview of the supplement, including possible benefits, potential side effects, and safety concerns to be aware of before taking it.)
 
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