What is bromelain?

Bromelain is a digestive enzyme derived from the stem and fruit of pineapples. It's used to help reduce swelling after surgery or injury.*

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.

How can bromelain affect my health?

Supplemental bromelain can help you in several ways:

  • Promotes healing after trauma or surgery*
  • Reduces bruising*
  • Decreases swelling after injury*
  • Reduces tenderness after acute injury*
July 26, 2016 See more In-depth