Stop reaching for that Tylenol or Advil and give Bromelain a try! If inflammation is the cause of your pain: knee, hip, shoulder, back, elbow....anywhere on the body - Bromelain will help your body heal. Derived from pineapple stems, Bromelain is finally gaining recognition for its natural pain-relieving effects - it has been used for centuries. Sorry, you won't be able to eat the pineapple to gain these benefits (although it is a great fruit choice)!
Scientists have recently shown that Bromelain provides powerful anti-inflammatory properties without the problems associated with drug therapy.
Generally speaking, a dose of 250-500 mg. /3 times a day is optimum to reduce chronic pain. Bromelain needs to be taken AWAY from food (11/2 to 2 hours after eating). Otherwise, the body will use it as a digestive aid - helping to digest protein (another use of this amazing thing!)
Any brand that you find in a good health food store will be fine.
When you start to feel relief will depend on how severe/deep the inflammation is.
Keep at it though, it is worth protecting your liver, kidney and stomach lining, as continual use of pain reliever drugs causes damage to all three.
Please note that Bromelain has blood thinning capabilities. If you are on blood thinning medication, please consult your pharmacist or doctor before taking Bromelain.
Athletes are increasingly turning to bromelain to help manage sports injuries, and those undergoing surgery are using it to speed their recovery time. Bromelain also holds further promise in managing varied conditions such as sinusitis, osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease - all of these involve inflammation.Bromelain’s anti-inflammatory properties have led to its main recognized medicinal use – as an effective pain reliever and healing aid in the treatment of minor injuries, such as sprains, strains, and other trauma.
Bromelain’s efficacy was studied in an open-case observation study of patients who had suffered blunt trauma to the musculoskeletal system. An orthopedist treated 59 subjects with conventional therapeutics plus bromelain for one to three weeks. Bromelain significantly reduced the patients’ swelling, pain at rest and in motion, and tenderness at the site of injury. Not only was bromelain effective, it was also well tolerated.
If you are told you have any condition that ends in "ITIS" -arthritis, sinusitis, tendonitis, colitis.....they all have one thing in common: INFLAMMATION.
These conditions will all benefit from Bromelain.
Bromelain not only helps relieve the pain associated with inflammation, it helps the body heal. Not just a bandaid approach!!!