Things to Know About Bromelain

When you use fresh pineapple juice to tenderize meat, bromelain is doing most of the work.  Bromelain is a protease enzyme that knows exactly how to get inside and tear apart the combined amino acids of diverse proteins.  Across many generations, cultures have been taking advantage of how the protein diverging abilities of bromelain help within the human body.  In the 1980s, intellectuals started collecting bromelain to provide it to the masses who desired its medicinal effects.  Now, it is emerging as a major natural remedy, but there are still common questions about bromelain we would like to address, so let’s look at some quick information about bromelain.

Where Was Bromelain Discovered?

First isolated uses of bromelain were linked to the Venezuelan scientist Vicente Marcano in 1891.  Even then, pineapples were the primary source of the useful enzyme.  Later, other chemists followed up on the studies, and the enzyme was termed ‘bromelin’, later transformed into ‘bromelain’.  Human therapeutic use of the supplement did not begin until roughly 1957, but apparently, it had staying power.  The main part of the pineapple where bromelain is found is the stem, but bromelain also seeps through the juices too. Today, pineapples used in harvesting bromelain are commonly grown in South America and some Asian islands.

How is Bromelain Made?

To harvest bromelain, a pineapple’s stem is separated from the plant.  Next, the stem is peeled free of the sharp leaves.  Once peeled, the mass of the stem is crushed down into a fine mush and pressed to squeeze the juices out.  Anti-dissolving agents are mixed-in to prevent the bromelain from decomposing.  Although the juices are usually dehydrated into a powder, sometimes bromelain is sold to consumers in liquid form too.

What Does Bromelain Treat?

As one of the many remedies observed by people everywhere, it actually has some research to support some of its medicinal uses.  Commonly, bromelain fights indigestion by helping decompose food when taken before or after a meal.  Perhaps the most major medicinal use is in tissue recovery where bromelain increases the shedding of dead tissues while improving new growth. The exfoliating properties of bromelain make it useful in preventing disease like cancer by keeping tissues rejuvenated and healthy.  Also, skin conditions appear less noticeable while using the enzyme.  Bromelain has been shown to reduce join and muscle pain, especially in arthritis patients who use the product Phlogenzym, a combination of bromelain, rutin, and trypsin.  Joint and muscle functions have also been improved by bromelain because it has anti-inflammatory capabilities that reduce swelling thus improving the range of motion within certain parts of the body.

Easy Access to the Health of Pineapples

Unfortunately, pineapples can upset the digestive system when consumed in large amounts, so it is difficult to take advantage of the health supplements available within the fruit’s core.  Thankfully, industrialization has allowed bromelain to be harvested from the fruit to make it readily available in an easy-to-consume form.  Bromelain is not known to have any common side effects, even during extended and heavy use in most people.




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