Bromelain comes from Pineapples . . .
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice and the pineapple stem. Bromelain is known for its use as an anti-inflammatory especially regarding the nose and sinuses. However, studies show that Bromelain can be especially beneficial for persons who suffer from dysmenorrhea.
Bromelain works as a muscle relaxant by decreasing prostaglandins (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012). Bromelain has been shown to be effective in systemic enzyme therapy in which enzymes are taken in between meals so that the particular enzyme moves through the digestive system and directly into the small intestine where it passes through the circulatory system in order to reach the affected area (Pizzorno & Murray, 2012). In order for the enzyme to work systemically, enzymes should be taken on an empty stomach at least thirty minutes before a meal.
This is a rather easy supplement. Simply add pineapple to the diet by eating the whole fruit. Try to avoid canned fruit. Fresh is always best. However, if you’re not a big fan of pineapple (like me) you can get bromelain capsules and take them as directed.
For further reading . . .
Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.