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Bromelain

Bromelain

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About

Bromelain is a group of enzymes found in pineapple juice and in the pineapple stem. People use it for medicine.

Bromelain is used for reducing pain and swelling, especially of the nose and sinuses, dental gums, and other body parts after surgery or injury. It is also used for hay fever, treating a bowel condition that includes swelling and ulcers (ulcerative colitis), removing dead and damaged tissue after a burn (debridement), preventing the collection of water in the lung (pulmonary edema), rheumatoid arthritis, a skin condition called pityriasis lichenoides chronica, relaxing muscles, tendon injuries (tendinopathy), knee pain, stimulating muscle contractions, slowing clotting, improving the absorption of antibiotics, preventing cancer, shortening labor, preventing urinary tract infections, and helping the body get rid of fat.

It is also used for preventing muscle soreness after intense exercise.

Some people use a specific product (Phlogenzym, also known as Wobenzym) for arthritis (osteoarthritis) that combines bromelain with trypsin (a protein) and rutin (a substance found in buckwheat).

How does it work?

Bromelain seems to cause the body to produce substances that fight pain and swelling (inflammation).

Bromelain also contains chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells and slow blood clotting.

Traditionally used for

Severe burns.
Knee pain.
Osteoarthritis.
A skin condition called pityriasis lichenoides chronica (PLC).
Pain after dental surgery.
Pain after surgery.
Rheumatoid arthritis.
Sinusitis.
Tendon injuries (tendinopathy).
Hay fever.
Improving antibiotic absorption.
Inflammation.
Preventing cancer.
Shortening of labor.

Dosage

The appropriate dose of bromelain depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for bromelain. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Possible Side Effects

Bromelain is SAFE for most people when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in appropriate amounts. Bromelain may cause some side effects, such as diarrhea and stomach and intestinal discomfort. Bromelain may also cause allergic reactions, especially in people who have other allergies. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking bromelain.

Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of bromelain during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Allergies: If you are allergic to pineapple, latex, wheat, celery, papain, carrot, fennel, cypress pollen, or grass pollen, you might have an allergic reaction to bromelain.

Surgery: Bromelain might increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using bromelain at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

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