What is Bromelain?
Commonly found in the juice and stem of the pineapple, bromelain is an enzyme that is known to digest proteins. Because of its reaction to proteins, it is used in a powdered form as a meat tenderizer and will make the meat more palatable when prepared for consumption. Given its role as an enzyme of proteins, it is also used as a dietary supplement for aiding digestion. Its other primary nutritional function is that of an anti-inflammatory agent.

What are the health benefits of Bromelain?
Because it digests proteins, bromelain is used to treat digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome and symptoms such as bloating and gas. As an anti-inflammatory agent, bromelain is used to treat swelling, bruising, and pain after injury, as well as sinusitis, gout, and back pain. It is also used for its apparent ability to modulate histamine release, which aids in treating the symptoms of allergies.

What are the guidelines for taking Bromelain?
Bromelain is available as a dietary supplement and can be found online and in health food stores.

Are there any precautions for taking Bromelain?
Some people may be allergic to bromelain, and it is also known to cause indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, drowsiness, and heavy menstruation.

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