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Fresh pineapple has always been touted as an effective remedy for pain relief – not without good reason! According to studies, Bromelain, found in the stem and core of pineapples has been shown to be extremely effective in reducing pro-inflammatory lymphocytes like CD4+T, primary effectors involved in inflammation in the body.
Bromelain is a systemic oral enzyme obtained from both the stem and fruit of the pineapple plant, which contains a number of proteolytic enzymes and has shown potentially beneficial effects due to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Currently, bromelain is used for acute inflammation and sports injuries. It also has anti-oedematous property, anti-thrombolytic and fibrinolysis. Latter properties thin the blood and may prevent cardio-vascular conditions.
Arthritis treatment
Bromelain is one of the best researched natural anti-inflammatory agents and is an effective alternative to acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in arthritis patients. It provides an option for those on Vioxx or a COX-2 inhibitor.
Bromelain clobbers inflammatory agents that trigger joint pain and cartilage degeneration. A 2006 study cited in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology found that supplemental Bromelain is effective in easing discomfort from hip arthritis.
The Arthritis Foundation stated that pineapple’s Bromelain produces effects comparable to NSAIDs for relieving pain and inflammation. UK researchers reviewed ten studies on osteoarthritis (OA) and bromelain. They found that every single one confirmed bromelain’s benefits for osteoarthritis patients.
Bromelain for Knee Osteoarthritis
Among the studies that have assessed Bromelain in osteoarthritis of the knee, the earliest reported were a series of case reports on 28 patients, with moderate or severe rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, described by Cohen and Goldman. The studies reported indicated that the use of Bromelain, in varying doses (these doses were relatively low as compared to subsequent studies) and differing durations, had positive clinical effects in 18 patients (as measured by assessment of reduction in soft tissue swelling, pain and/or joint stiffness) and no adverse events associated with the medication were reported in any of these case reports. This data therefore provided a plausible basis for the further assessment of Bromelain in musculoskeletal disorders.
Although Bromelain is considered generally safe, it can interact with certain medications, increasing or decreasing its efficacy. These medications include blood-thinning drugs (such as warfarin), aspirin, diabetes drugs and drugs that help reduce stomach acid, such as Nexium or Pepcid.

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