Herbs & Supplements 101: Bromelain

What it is
Derived from protein-digesting enzymes in pineapple fruit and stem, this digestion-benefiting compound is a staple in tropical folk medicine.

Conditions it benefits
Reduces inflammation when taken on an empty stomach, and aids digestion when taken after meals; helps relieve arthritis pain; promotes healing of wounds and burns. Also used in some cosmetics to smoothe skin.

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