¿Qué es la bromelina?

La bromelina es una enzima digestiva derivada del tallo y del fruto de la piña. Se usa para ayudar a reducir la hinchazón después de una cirugía o lesión.*

Should I consider taking a bromelain dietary supplement?

Bromelain is typically taken for a short time to help promote healing.* It may reduce minor swelling and bruising following injury or surgery.* Bromelain may promote faster reabsorption of a collection of blood that causes bruising and swelling (hematoma).*

What are the dietary sources of bromelain?

Bromelain is found in the pineapple plant. It is mostly concentrated in the parts you don't eat, especially the stem. To obtain the best health benefits from bromelain, it may be easier to take a dietary supplement.

¿Cómo puede la bromelina afectar mi salud?

La bromelina complementaria puede ayudarte de distintas maneras:

  • Promueve la recuperación después de un traumatismo o una cirugía*
  • Reduce los hematomas*
  • Disminuye la hinchazón después de una lesión*
  • Reduce la sensibilidad después de una lesión aguda*

¿Cuánta bromelina debo tomar?

Se ha demostrado que la bromelina proporciona beneficios para la salud en dosis tan bajas como 160 miligramos (mg) al día. En la mayoría de los casos, de la investigación se desprende que los mejores resultados se obtienen con dosis de 750 a 1000 mg al día.* Por lo general, se divide en más de una dosis (p. ej., 500 mg dos veces al día).

Are there any side effects from taking a bromelain dietary supplement?

Most studies in humans report few side effects. However, one study showed an increased heart rate in individuals with high blood pressure who were taking a high dose of bromelain. If you have high blood pressure, consult with your health care professional before taking a bromelain supplement.

It's also possible to have an allergic reaction to bromelain. If you develop breathing problems, stop taking bromelain and seek medical help.

Is it safe to take a bromelain dietary supplement with other medications?

Bromelain may inhibit blood clotting, so it should be avoided if you take a blood-thinning medication (anticoagulant), such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven) and others.

If you are considering taking a bromelain supplement, check with your health care professional first, especially if you are pregnant or have a health condition.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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