ABC's of ProBLEN: Bromelain - Letter "B"

Posted by Administrator on 5/12/2013 to The ABC's of ProBLEN

Summer is fast approaching and that means summer fruits are on their way too! Do you like pineapple? Pineapple juice and the stem of the plant contain a very beneficial enzyme called bromelain. You can spend your whole summer eating pineapple to reap these benefits, or you can make sure your supplements contain bromelain. Luckily for you ProBLEN’s newly formulated Digestive Enzyme & Probiotic contains bromelain! Our formulators are experts at knowing which ingredients combine to give your body all of the help it needs with today’s lifestyles. Our diets consist of a lot of protein and bromelain helps the body break down protein for better absorption and digestion.

What Does Bromelain Do?

Put simply, bromelain breaks down protein. This has fairly obvious benefits when you consider that many of the foods you eat contain high amounts of protein and they have been thoroughly cooked, destroying most of the naturally-occurring enzymes. As a proteolytic enzyme it assists the body’s own digestive mechanisms in reducing very large, complex protein molecules into smaller peptide units or individual amino acids.

These smaller components are crucial for your own production of muscle, neurotransmitters, and other protein-based molecules that your body produces. Many of bromelain’s benefits; however, are actually based on absorption of the intact enzyme in the small intestine; it is this absorption makes possible its systemic effects such as reducing inflammation.

The Health Benefits of Bromelain

  • Swelling & Inflammation
  • Arthritis & Sinus Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Reduced Inflammation After Sports Injuries
  • Varicose Veins & Hemorrhoids
  • Sinusitis
  • Indigestion & Heartburn
  • Helps Balance the Acidity of the Stomach
  • May Boost Overall Immune Strength
  • May Stop Blood Platelets From Clotting
  • May Help Bronchitis, Pneumonia & Urinary Tract Infections

Bromelain & Food Digestion

Bromelain is definitely useful as a digestive enzyme. Unlike most digestive enzymes, bromelain is active both in the acid environment of the stomach and the alkaline environment of the small intestine. This may make it particularly effective as an oral digestive aid for those who do not digest food properly. While most large enzymes are broken down in the digestive tract, those found in bromelain appear to be absorbed whole to a certain extent. This finding makes it reasonable to suppose that bromelain can actually produce systemic (whole body) effects. Once in the blood, bromelain appears to reduce inflammation, "thin" the blood, and affect the immune system. These influences may be responsible for some of bromelain's therapeutic effects.

We usually cook our foods to such a degree that all beneficial naturally occurring enzymes are destroyed. Bromelain is definitely useful as a digestive enzyme. Unlike most digestive enzymes, bromelain is active both in the acid environment of the stomach and the alkaline environment of the small intestine. (http://www.lifescript.com ) Bromelain, “being a proteolytic enzyme assists the body’s own digestive mechanisms in reducing very large, complex protein molecules into smaller peptide units or individual amino acids. These smaller components are crucial for your own production of muscle, neurotransmitters, and other protein-based molecules that your body produces. Many of bromelain’s benefits; however, are actually based on absorption of the intact enzyme in the small intestine; it is this absorption makes possible its systemic effects such as reducing inflammation.” (http://www.healthiertalk.com/health-benefits-bromelain-4135)


Sources:

www.bromelain.net

http://www.healthiertalk.com/health-benefits-bromelain-4135

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