ingredient information
Bromelain
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Bromelain is found most commonly in the stem of the pineapple plant. However, just eating pineapple will not give you a great deal of extra bromelain, because it is mostly concentrated in the stem, which is not nearly as tasty (albeit still edible). Bromelain is not a single substance, but rather a collection of enzymes and other compounds. It is primarily produced in Japan, Hawaii, and Taiwan, with the first two nations doing most of the research. However, Germany has recently taken a great interest in Bromelain research, where Bromelain is currently the 13th most widely used herbal medicine. Bromelain can be used in a vast array of medical conditions. Works by blocking some proinflammatory metabolites that accelerate and worsen the inflammatory process. It is an Anti-inflammatory agent, and so can be used for sports injury, trauma, arthritis, and other kinds of swelling. It's main uses are athletic injuries, Digestive problems, Phlebitis, Sinusitis, and surgery. It has also been proposed in the use of arthritis, chronic venou insufficiency, easy bruising, gout, hemorrhoids, menstrual pain, and ulcerative colitis. Studies have shown that Bromelain can also be useful in the reduction of platelet clumping and blood clots in the bloodstream, especially in the arteries. It may even be useful in the treatment of AIDS to stop the spread of HIV. It has no major side effects, except for possible allergic Source: www.wordiq.com/definition/