Bromelain is a protein-digesting bromelain enzyme 2400GDU/G extracted from pineapples, particularly the stems; thus Bromelain is sometimes referred to as Pineapple extract. People use it as a protein digestion aid, anti-inflammatory agent and meat tenderizer.
About the measurement: The strength or activity level of bromelain is usually measured in GDU (gelatin digesting units) per gram. Gelatin is protein. GDU per gram is a measure of how much protein a gram of bromelain can digest.
The pineapple (Ananas comosus), belonging to the family of Bromeliaceae, is a plant native to South America. The plant grows to a height of 1 m. It has adventitious root, short stem and needle like leaves that spiral around the stem in a tight rosette. After flowering the plant produces a cone shaped compound fruit that develops into the stem. Each of the eyes on the surface is the dried base of a small flower. The crowns from the top of the fruit are usually used for propagation because pineapples contain no viable seeds.
When Bromelain is taken with a meal, it assists with protein digestion. It helps to break down certain proteins that can be difficult for the body to digest in the same way that human digestive enzymes work.
2. Sinusitis (Sinus Inflammation)
As an anti-inflammatory agent, bromelain may help reduce cough and nasal mucus associated with sinusitis.
3. Burns Healing
When applied to the skin, bromelain may be useful in removing dead tissue from burns, a process called debridement. Do not apply bromelain to broken skin.
Bromelain has significant anti-inflammatory activity and may help reduce joint swelling and improve joint mobility. One study suggested that a combination of bromelain, rutin, and trypsin worked very well for reducing knee pain from arthritis.
5. Wound Healing, Sprains and Strains, and Tendinitis
Bromelain is an anti-inflammatory agent and for this reason it is helpful inreducing swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain after surgery and physical injuries. It is also used to reduce inflammation from tendinitis, sprains and strains, and other minor muscle injuries.