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Bromelain Information And Description:

Bromelain is an enzyme extracted from the stem of the pineapple plant (Ananas comosus) that is thought to have anti-inflammatory effects as well as edema-inhibiting actions, and that may slow blood clotting. Bromelain is used in both folk and modern medicine to help relieve pain.

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Uses For Bromelain:

When taken orally, bromelain can act as an anti-inflammatory. It is used to help address swelling after injury or surgery; minimize muscle soreness after intense exercise; relieve pain related to arthritis and knee concerns; and treat symptoms related to hay fever, sinusitis, gout, bruises, ulcerative colitis, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Bromelain Side Effects, Interactions And Warnings:

People taking antibiotics or medications, herbs or supplements that slow blood clotting should consult with their physician before taking bromelain to avoid adverse reaction.

Some people are sensitive to bromelain and may develop hives and itching when taking bromelain – discontinue use if this occurs. Those scheduled for surgery should discontinue use or bromelain two weeks prior to the procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding, although some people use the agent beginning a few days after surgery (provided the doctor approves) to help reduce swelling and discomfort.

When Buying Bromelain:

For convenience, look for 200 mg capsules.

Bromelain Dosage:

200-400 mg three times a day on an empty stomach (at least 90 minutes before or three hours after eating).

Child Dosage:

Half the adult dose in children 6 to 12 years old.

Dr. Weil Says:

Bromelain is a very effective treatment for severe bruises and hematomas. This enzyme is absorbed from the GI tract and is able to promote healing of tissue injuries.  It can be effective in addressing black eyes, gout, inguinal hernias, and after having wisdom teeth extracted. Look for the capsules at health food stores.


Bromelain. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer version. Stockton, CA, updated March 12, 2014 and accessed April 5, 2014 at


Bromelain, Health Canada, updated July 5, 2012 and accessed April 5, 2014 at


Reviewed by Russell Greenfield, M.D., August, 2016.