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Why do people take bromelain (bromelin)?

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Bromelain seems to reduce inflammation, at least in some cases. When taken along with trypsin and rutin, bromelain appears to help with osteoarthritis, relieving pain and improving joint function.

Studies have also found that bromelain might help with knee pain not caused by arthritis, sinus infections (especially when paired with antibiotics), recovery from surgery (like sinus surgery), and colitis. As a cream, it might help relieve rashes and burns.

From: Bromelain (Bromelin) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Bromelain.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Bromelain.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Bromelain.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Bromelain.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Bromelain.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Bromelain.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2019

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