What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say the word “pineapple”?
You might be thinking “pina colada”… or even “hula dancers”!
But for me, when I see a pineapple, the first thing that comes to mind is powerful joint pain relief.
What Is Bromelain?
As sweet and refreshing as the fruit is, pineapples are one of the world’s best sources of an all-natural joint relief “medicine” called bromelain.
Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in the juice and stem of the pineapple. It has a long history as a natural healer.
In fact, Western medicine learned of pineapple’s healing power soon after Christopher Columbus landed in the New World — and found pineapples — on the island of Guadalupe in 1493. Even before then, healers in areas where pineapples grow were using it as a natural way to relieve inflammation and indigestion.
But it wasn’t until the late 1800s that a Venezuelan chemist isolated bromelain as an enzyme.
Now, here’s what I want you to understand…
Bromelain isn’t just any kind of enzyme. It’s a proteolytic enzyme. Here’s why that’s so important…
What Are Proteolytic Enzymes?
First, you should know that proteolytic enzymes are completely safe and natural. They occur naturally in your body. They’re the enzymes that break down and eliminate the excess proteins that accumulate at the scene of an injury, irritation or burn.
More to the point, bromelain mops up a specific protein — called Circulating Immune Complex (CIC) — that’s sent by the human immune system to form a protective wall around injured areas.
But after the age of 27, your body stops producing enough proteolytic enzymes to do the heavy lifting. This leaves you more vulnerable to the inflammation that makes your aches and pains — like crippling joint pain — feel worse as you age. Inflammation also makes you more vulnerable to strokes, Alzheimer’s and heart attacks as well as just about every other chronic disease known to man.
The research on bromelain is overwhelming. More than 1,600 scientific studies show it’s a powerful treatment for everything from allergies and asthma to ACL tears and even sprained ankles!
I could write about ALL the different things bromelain treats, but it would take me forever! So I’ve narrowed it down to just five…
5 Incredible Health Benefits of Bromelain
1. Bromelain for Joint Pain
I’ve been researching natural ways to relieve joint pain for more than a decade. Here’s what I’ve found…
Modern medicine’s solutions for joint pain relief are just plain terrible. Over-the-counter pain pills like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) all have serious side effects.
Did you know acetaminophen is the leading cause of acute liver failure?
And NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen dramatically increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Prescription pain meds can be downright deadly, too. Just look at the tragedy of this country’s opioid epidemic.
Bromelain, on the other hand, is safe and effective for both chronic joint pain and acute joint pain.
In a study published in the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, researchers gave bromelain supplements to 42 patients with osteoarthritis.
The patients reported a 60 percent decrease in pain for acute disorders. And those with chronic pain saw their pain levels cut in half!
Other head-to-head studies have shown bromelain to be as effective for osteoarthritis as the prescription drug diclofenac.
2. Bromelain for Healing Injuries
This is what bromelain is best known for. Lots of athletes use bromelain to speed up healing when they get hurt on the court or field. It’s great for things like sprains, strains and other minor trauma.
In one study, an orthopedist gave bromelain to 59 patients with minor musculoskeletal injuries along with conventional treatments. Bromelain significantly reduced swelling, pain and tenderness.
3. Bromelain for Sinusitis
Who would have thought a pineapple could hold the key to relieving stuffy noses? Studies have shown that bromelain reduces inflammation in the nasal cavity. And it does it FASTER than standard therapies.
4. Bromelain for Digestion
Bromelain is an enzyme that breaks down — or digests — proteins. Because of this, it’s a great digestive aid. And it’s been shown in animal studies to decrease the incidence and severity of inflammatory bowel disease.
Bromelain not only helps you digest your food more easily, it also helps you get more of the nutrients from your food.
5. Bromelain for Cancer
There’s really exciting research that shows bromelain is a potent weapon in the war on cancer. One study showed that it was BETTER at killing cancer cells than the chemo drug 5-fluorouracil — a drug that’s been used by cancer doctors for more than 40 years!
What’s even better is that, unlike toxic chemo drugs, bromelain is what they call “selectively cytotoxic.” That means it kills the cancer cells but it DOESN’T destroy healthy cells in the process.
How To Get More Bromelain
Eating more pineapple is a good way to increase your body’s supply of bromelain. But here’s the problem…
You’d have to eat a LOT of it raw to make an impact on your health. So much that you’d probably get sick of it…
And keep in mind… canned pineapple won’t do the trick. Food processing destroys the natural, beneficial effects of these good-for-you proteolytic enzymes.
One of the best and safest ways to get the right amount of bromelain for your health is among the most convenient, too. Bromelain is one of 12 natural and powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients in Heal-n-Soothe® that work synergistically to give your body a powerful one-two punch against pain and inflammation.
Heal-n-Soothe® provides fast and long-lasting pain relief. And because it contains bromelain, you’ll get all the other healing benefits of this powerful enzyme, too.
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Written By: Updated: October 11,2017