Bromelain For Fast Pain Relief
Bromelain is an enzyme that is derived from pineapples. Your body makes its own enzymes to digest food as well as do cellular repair. When you get older, your body does not make as many enzymes. Since you have fewer enzymes for cellular repair, you are more likely to have aches and pains for no apparent reason.
Bromelain, when taken on an empty stomach, or with a small amount of food, will go into your bloodstream and help to clear damaged tissue and relieve inflammation. It is a very inexpensive remedy. Often one pill of 2,000 GDU is enough to get rid of many ailments. That costs about 10 to 15 cents.
When buying bromelain, you will want to check the label and be sure that you are getting a stronger version. Enzymes are not measured in milligrams. They are measured in units. You can have the same amount of milligrams and have a higher amount of strength. Common measurements are 600 GDU and 2,000 GDU. I prefer to take the stronger amount so I take fewer pills.
I like to combine different types of natural remedies for the best results. Bromelain usually gives fast results, while glucosamine sulfate takes longer, but can regenerate the joints.
An easy explanation for how enzymes work is that when you take them on an empty stomach, they go into your blood stream and clean up waste material that your body did not have enough of its own enzymes to handle. It might help to see it is Pac Man.
The pineapple that is in cans has been cooked and the enzymes are all dead. If you want to juice pineapples, there is a lot of bromelain in the core of the pineapple.
If you do juice pineapples, be aware that they will dissolve the inside of your mouth. The bromelain is active in your mouth. If you eat a lot of fresh pineapple, you might think you are allergic to it, when it is just dissolving the inside of your mouth. That is how strong it is. I prefer pills.
If strong bromelain is not strong enough to treat your pain by itself, there are other enzymes that treat inflammation. Systemic enzymes such as bromelain can be combined with other protein dissolving enzymes to treat pain anywhere in the body.
A strong enzyme is serrapeptase. It is the same type of enzyme used by silkworms to dissolve their shell, so it is very strong to dissolve scars and damaged tissue.
I have found enzymes to be one of the most effective things to do to relieve pain. Since they are used by your body to digest your food and for cellular repair, they are effective and safe for most people. If you are on blood thinners, like Coumadin or Plavix, please be aware that enzymes will thin your blood and you should not take them without speaking to your doctor.