Did you know that eating pineapple before surgery can help reduce your swelling?

Bromelain is an enzyme that digests protein.  Bromelain has been shown to be helpful in aiding digestion, as an anti-inflammatory for the relief of joint inflammation (very helpful for athletic injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and arthritic conditions),  and for relief after traumatic injury and after surgery. New research has also demonstrated important immune system and heart health benefits that may be derived with the use of Bromelain.

Disclaimer:
The information presented herein  is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent disease. Individual results may vary.

History:
Bromelain is one of a group of proteolytic enzymes that are capable of digesting protein and is found in the stem and fruit of the pineapple plant.  It is extracted from the pineapple by filtration or by chemical processing, and both are safe and effective.

Beneficial Uses:
Bromelain is considered an aid to good digestion, because it intensifies the digestive process by breaking down protein, and facilitates the passing of food to the intestine.

Bromelain has been called an herbal anti-inflammatory and is widely used after traumatic injuries and surgery.  It is said to “release” inflammation by breaking down proteins in swollen tissues and is thought to reduce swelling in virtually all kinds of inflammatory reactions.  Bromelain apparently inhibits formation of prostaglandin E-2, a chemical that causes inflammation, and it also helps to stimulate the production of prostaglandin E-1, an anti-inflammatory chemical.

Women may find relief from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) with the use of Bromelain supplements. It is believed to balance the body’s production of prostaglandins, a class of regulatory hormones, including a number of substances that cause smooth muscles to contract.  As a smooth muscle relaxant, Bromelain is thought to decrease spasms of the cervix that accompany PMS.

Recommended Dosage:
Take one (1) capsule, 1-2  times each day with water at mealtimes.

Contraindications:
Those who are taking any blood thinning medications (Coumadin, warfarin, etc.) should not use Bromelain Herbal Supplement. Pregnant women, people with high blood pressure, liver or kidney disease and those who are taking any prescription medications should take Bromelain only under the direction of a knowledgeable healthcare provider. Prolonged use (more than eight/ten days successively) is not recommended, and individuals who are allergic to pineapples should not use Bromelain.  Bromelain may cause nausea, excessive menstrual bleeding and gastric distress. It is not recommended for children.

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