Pineapple's bromelain enzyme is extremely good for your health
Written by Phillip LaVeque
Wednesday, 09 May 2012
Pineapple's enzyme called Bromelain is extremely good for your heath. This enzyme is often used by itself as a supplement to aid in various ailments and boost general health. It is also added to natural digestion aids, anti inflammatory remedies, and general health supplements.
There are also quite a few additional health benefits that may be lesser
known than its most common uses. It has been linked to better heart and
circulatory health, improvement in asthma and other breathing
conditions and improved immunity.
Improved blood circulation, heart health and breathing conditions
Bromelain is particularly known for being very efficient at breaking
down proteins which accounts for its common use as a digestive aid.
Fibrin is a protein that is used in the clotting and thickening of
blood. Bromelain works as a blood thinner since it assists in breaking
down this substance.
This means it may allow blood to flow more freely through the
circulatory system. Thinner blood is associated with lower chances of
stroke, heart attack, and other heart and circulatory issues.
Bromelain has also been linked to the improvement of breathing
conditions that occur due to thicker mucus such as asthma. It has the
same effect on mucus as it does on blood in that it thins the
consistency. This makes it easier for asthma patients to breathe since
the mucus is thinner and therefore not clogging their bronchial tubes.
It is bromelain's ability to keep blood thin and prevent it from
clotting, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties that makes it a
good supplement for bruise prevention. It is also thought to be a good
supplement for swelling and redness.
For this reason it is often recommended after surgery to help ease the
trauma caused by incisions or injections. Research also indicates that
supplementing with 200 to 400 milligrams of bromelain per day can
significantly ease the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.
It has also been implicated in the improvement of certain inflammatory
skin conditions. This could include acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema,
While most people think bromelain is found in the fruit of the
pineapple, it is primarily found in the stem. This is why it may be
preferable to buy a supplement if you are looking for the specific
therapeutic benefits this enzyme can offer.
Bromelain implicated in improved immunity
In addition to the anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties
bromelain exhibits in the human body, it has also shown promise as an
immunity booster. Studies have indicated it may enable certain immunity
enhancing receptors in the body.
This in turn may strengthen the immune response by enhancing the
response of the body's front line immune defense, T-cells. In other
words the enzyme has an enhancing effect on the immune response already
in place. It helps by enabling the other mechanisms to work more
efficiently together and "communicate" better with one another.