Bromelain, inflammation, Osteoarthritis

Bromelain

We hear a lot about the amazing benefits of Bromelain lately, and for good reason!  Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme which is an enzyme that breaks down protein. It is found naturally in the stems of pineapples.

Inside our bodies, many unhealthy cells “disguise”themselves from the immune system using a protective protein shield. 

Proteolytic enzymes like bromelain can blast this protective layer, promoting the removal of cellular debris and allowing the immune system to do its job.

Bromelain also contains chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells and other unhealthy cells, thereby helping the body HEAL normally.

tumour cell

A noteworthy fact is that  Glioma tumor cells studied displayed reduced adhesive, migratory and invasive properties following bromelain treatment. Glioma is a type of tumor that occurs in the brain and spinal cord.  Results showed a 43% difference in tumor migration in brain tissue between bromelain-treated group compared to the control group. 

Source: Berit B Tysnes, H Rainer Maurer, Torsten Porwol, Beatrice Probst, Rolf Bjerkvig, and Frank Hoover.
Bromelain Reversibly Inhibits Invasive Properties of Glioma Cells. Neoplasia. 2001 November; 3(6): 469–479.

A super interesting fact is that when it comes to osteoarthritis, treatment with bromelain (540 mg/day over a three-week period) reduced osteoarthritis symptoms by up to 80 percent!

Source: Klein G, Kullich W. Short-term treatment of painful osteoarthritis of the knee with oral enzymes: a randomised, double-blind study versus Diclofenac. Clin Drug Invest. 2000;19:15–23

Another great benefit of Bromelain is  that it helps the body to produce enzymes that PROTECT against illness.   In fact, bromelain has been studied for its ability to enhance the effect of the antibiotics. In a study of people with urinary tract infections, 100%
of participants given antibiotics in combination with bromelain were cured of their infection,
compared to just 46% who received antibiotics alone.

 Source: Mori S, Ojima Y, Hirose T, Sasaki T, Hashimoto Y. The clinical effect of proteolytic enzyme containing bromelain and trypsin on urinary tract infection evaluated by double blind method. Acta Obstet Gynaecol Jpn.
1972;19(3):147-153.

In a nutshell some of the amazing benefits of Bromelain are:

  • Supports the body’s normal healing process
  • Promotes optimal cell health
  • Supports the body’s normal inflammatory response
  • Supports the body’s normal tissue and recovery repair process
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Supports healthy joint function
  • Promotes healthy blood circulation
  • May help support normal blood viscosity and blood platelet aggregation

Eating more pineapple is a great way to get more Bromelain but I highly recommend a quality supplement that is delivered in a therapeutic and bioavailable way.  This is my preferred supplement of choice that I use with my clients.  This link provides a lot of useful information as well as FAQ and the science behind Bromelain. If you have any questions about Bromelain or any other supplements please feel free to reach out to me. Here is the link https://www.isotonix.com/maggies/product/isotonix-bromelain-plus/?id=5195954&idType=product

Maggie Holbik.com is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Registered Nutritional Therapist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, and Certified Life Coach. Maggie offers guidance on supplement choices and diet recommendations to increase nutrient density and maximize benefit.