Bromelain is a general name given to a family of sulfhydryl-containing, protein
digesting (proteolytic) enzymes obtained from Ananas comosus, the pineapple
plant. Bromelain's primary component is a sulfhydryl proteolytic fraction. It
also contains peroxidase, acid phosphatase, several protease inhibitors and
organically bound calcium. Since its introduction in 1957, Bromelain supplements
have been used in a variety of conditions including arthritis, digestive
dysfunction, allergies, musculoskeletal injuries, immune disorders and wound
Bromelain is commonly used as a digestive aid in those with disorders related to
impaired digestive function. It has been found to be active both in the acid
environment of the stomach and the alkaline environment of the small intestine.
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