|Bromelain (Ananas comosus)
Pineapple, A. ananas, A.duckei, A.sativus, Bromelia ananas, Bromelia comosa
Medicinal parts used
Extracted from the stem and the fruit of the pineapple
Bromelain is a sulfur-containing proteolytic digestive enzyme
Bromelain is taken orally:
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
When used orally and appropriately
Side effects and warnings
The most commonly reported side effects are gastric upset and diarrhea.
Anticoagulant/antiplatelet herbs, supplements, and drugs
Potatoes and soybeans contain a protein inhibitor of proteolytic enzymes. In theory, these foods may inhibit bromelain activity.
References and recommended readings
Bromelain. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database website. http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=&s=ND&pt=100&id=895&ds=&name=BROMELAIN&searchid=51213301. Accessed April 14, 2015.
Bromelain. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health website. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/bromelain. Published August 2014. Accessed April 14, 2015.
Review Date: 3/30/15
Contributed by Crystal Petrello, MS, RDN, LD