September 27th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

What if there was a supplement that made the protein in your diet more effective and easier to digest? A group of digestive enzymes called Bromelain appears to be that supplement.

What is bromelain?

Bromelain is the name of protease enzymes(protein digesting) from the pineapple plant stem. It may also include some other substances grouped with these enzymes naturally found in the stem. Most of the bromelain is in the inedible stem, so eating pineapple won't help as much as supplementing with it.

How does bromelain work?

The two major enzymes in bromelain break protein down in the body. This helps handle large amounts of protein, when the human stomach may not be able to handle it at once. Bromelain is best taken together with your high protein meals.

Does bromelain really work?

Yes. Bromelain has been is used as a common meat tenderizer for years. Meat tenderizers work by breaking down protein in order to make it softer.

Benefits of taking bromelain:

Digesting protein better means you get the benefits of more protein in your diet, which is increased muscle gains. Most people have some trouble digesting large amounts of protein to some degree. If you get gas and bloating, bromelain will help you digest it better to eliminate these side effects.

Bromelain vs. Aminogen:

Aminogen is a synthetic protein digestive aid on the market. is the other protein digestion aid. You can read more about it in a previous article of mine: Does Aminogen Work?

Other health benefits of Bromelain:

Bromelain appears to be an anti-inflammatory and has been used over the years to help with a wide variety of inflammatory conditions.

Side effects of Bromelain:

Do not go outside the recommended dosages, as it will increase your heart rate beyond the normal dosages.