Monday, February 8, 2010

What is bromelain?

I was in the checkout lane at Publix yesterday and saw a headline on one of the magazines.  The cover page teaser and the article said that you could reduce your sinus symptoms with pineapples, because they contain bromelain.  This is a group of enzymes that digest proteins.  The idea is that bromelain will digest and reduce the mucus present in the sinuses from infections as well as act as an anti-inflammatory medicine.  I am interested in safe, effective and inexpensive treatments for allergic diseases.  However, I can't vouch for bromelain.  Some questions: how does bromelain get from your mouth and stomach into the sinuses? Wouldn't it get digested itself in the gut?  Are there any studies that measure how well bromelain digests nasal or sinus mucus?  Are there any studies the measure the benefit of bromelain in sinus infections?  I couldn't find any.  How would a proteolytic enzyme benefit inside our body cells?  If bromelain is not specific, then would it digest the cells and other structures?

That's it from your Allergy Dude.  Nix on products containing bromelain.  Yix, I mean yes, on fresh fruits without preservatives and additives.  Go back to my nutrition and allergy pyramid please.

1 comment:

Alenza said...

The arthritis-afflicted would probably get their hands on the first pineapple that they see when they hear that this fruit is rich in an enzyme that can effectively alleviate inflammation and swelling brought about by arthritis. Similarly, other joint disease sufferers can also benefit from it as well. I always take help a gruop of medical answering services with virtually office for proper care.

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