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Just when you think you have discovered all the secrets about natural remedies, nature surprises you once again. Apart from being one of the world’s famous sweet deserts, pineapple is also one of the world’s well-known natural medicines. How is that possible?
Enzyme named Bromelain is the answer to this question. This proteolytic enzyme is in fact an extract that can be derived from the pineapple’s stem, while it can be also found in the pineapple’s juice.
First Knowledge About Bromelain
Natives from South and Central America were the first to discover how beneficial this medical plant is for different types of inflammation and pain. Although this enzyme can be derived from any part of the plant, and exists in other fresh plants and fruits, they were using only pineapple and usually only its stem. Vicente Marcano, the Venezuelan chemist, was the one who discovered the benefits of this enzyme and the one who isolated this enzyme from the pineapple in 1891. Other scientists proposed another name for this enzyme in 1892, but the term bromelain was accepted as the only one. In the year of 1957, bromelain became a part of the therapeutic supplement. Today, for instance, this enzyme is listed as the thirteenth most used natural medicine in Germany.
Characteristic Of Bromelain
First, bromelain is a digestive enzyme, thus sometimes it can be more important than minerals and vitamins because enzymes are necessary for most cellular metabolic actions. It has been scientifically proven that this enzyme helps with the recoveries from injuries and surgeries. More and more, bromelain has become a part of alternative medicine due to its multiple benefits. On the other hand, the most powerful usage of bromelain is as an alternative to chemotherapy, especially because it does not weaken one’s body or the immune system in general; on the contrary, it can only help boosting the immune system. This enzume in fact contains chemicals that decrease the growth of tumor cells. This enzyme has one more benefit that is important: the ability to dissolve internal scar tissue in case of inflammation.
How Effective Bromelain Is?
Bromelain can be used as a medicine to heal or lessen:
2. Bacterial Infections
5. Athletic and Musculoskeletal Injuries
6. Cutaneous Staphylococcus Infection
10. Surgical Trauma
11. Cancer and Tumors
13. Debridement of Burns
15. High fever
16. Insect bites and stings
Bromelain: Natural Fighter Against Cellulitis
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin, thus there are many different therapies suggested by the modern medicine, one of which includes various natural remedies in the combination with antibiotics. Certain nutrients also have a powerful effect in treating this skin infection. Bromelain is one of those nutrients that have anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, anti-edematous, and fibrinolytic characteristics. Since swelling, fever, pain, edema and inflammation are the symptoms of cellulitis and since celllulitis can progress rapidly, it is recommended to start a treatment with bromelain as soon as possible. The most effective results when using this enzyme are shown after two or three days. One can obtain bromelain from fresh pineapple, or bromelan can be taken in capsule form of 500 mg up to four times per day. In conjunction with turmeric, bromelain can be taken in dose of 250 mg two to three times a day. When used with quercetin, bromelain can also show effective results in reducing the inflammation.
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