- Has a beneficial effect on the digestive system.
- Has the potential to help inhibit blood clot formations.
- Has anti-inflammatory properties.
Bromelain, is a mixture of enzymes which have been used therapeutically since 1957. Subjects of extensive study, these enzymes are extracted from the stem or roots of the pineapple, Ananas comosus. Bromelain gets its name from the Bromeliaceae or Bromeliad family to which the pineapple belongs.
Bromelain is defined as a combination of proteolytic enzymes, molecules also known as peptidases or proteases. Like all proteolytic enzymes, bromelain is able to break down proteins. However, its highly specific action distinguishes it from other proteolytic enzymes such as papain and trypsin. In fact, bromelain is considered to be part of the family of cysteine proteases, which means it has the specific characteristic of cleaving the peptide bonds of proteins where the amino acid cysteine is found.
Bromelain may have a beneficial effect on the digestive system. It is gastro-resistant and acts at different pH levels, making it effective in both the stomach and intestine. It works by cleaving the animal- or plant-source proteins we consume, and so facilitates digestion. As a result, it can reduce digestive problems and improve symptoms such as pain, bloating and flatulence.
In addition to aiding digestion, bromelain also has other roles within the body:
Our dietary supplement Bromelain 500mg is available in the form of vegetarian capsules at a suggested daily dose of 1000-1500mg - 2-3 capsules a day. This dose can be adapted to your needs and the advice of your therapist. Regardless, it is not recommended for individuals with a pineapple allergy, or to a lesser degree, for those allergic to bee venom or olive tree pollen.
|Daily serving: 3 capsules
Number of servings per bottle: 30
|Quantity per serving|
|Bromelain [providing 1,000 GDU(gelatin digesting units) of activity]||1 500 mg|
|Other ingredients:Acacia gum, rice flour.|
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