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Benefits of Bromelain

pineapple-pictureDoes your tongue ever feel weird or hurt after eating copious amounts of pineapple?

Wait, what?

Normal people don’t eat copious amounts of pineapple in one sitting?

…me neither.

Anyways, back to the topic at hand.

Pineapple contains bromelain, which is a type of proteolytic enzyme (a compound that breaks down protein).

It is most plentiful in the stem of pineapples, but is also found in the fruit itself.

While pineapple may make your tongue feel weird, bromelain is relatively dilute in it’s natural form.

Manufacturers have developed methods of concentrating these compounds for some serious benefit.

I’m definitely not telling you stop eating pineapple, but there are some pretty awesome reasons to test out a bromelain supplement.

Benefits of bromelain according to research

1. Natural anti-inflammatory effects

2. Aids in healing – can be ingested or used topically (I once used it leading up to and right after surgery for quick healing time!)

3. Cardiovascular health – reduces platelet aggregation and formation of blood clots

4. Beneficial gut effects – reduction of inflammation, inhibition of harmful bacteria

5. Helpful in reducing pain and swelling associated with arthritis

6. Reduces symptoms of allergies and upper respiratory infections (even better if you combine it with quercetin)

7. Helps inhibit pathways that support cancer (tumor) growth

There are other promising areas of research still being investigated, but as you can see, bromelain is a pretty badass natural compound.

Some supplements combine bromelain with curcumin – the potent anti-inflammatory component in turmeric.

This combo increases the anti-inflammatory effects of both compounds and is an amazing natural option for inflammation.

Be careful with supplementation if you take heparin, other blood-thinning drugs, or even high potency fish oil, as the combination may increase the risk of bleeding.

*please also avoid taking bromelain supplements if you are allergic to pineapple*

Always check with your doctor for possible interactions between your prescriptions and new supplements!

What is your favorite natural anti-inflammatory?

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