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What Is Bromelain?
For many years, pineapple has been a large part of several herbal remedies and poultices. Bromelain is a component found in pineapple, mostly in the stem and in the core. Bromelain is an enzyme of a proteolytic nature that helps break up those proteins that may negatively affect the implantation of an embryo. In case you’re wondering, that’s what proteolytic means—the breaking down of proteins into useful amino acids through the work of enzymes.
What Does Bromelain Do?
Bromelain is considered safe to ingest and does not have any side effects. It appears to, on a scientific level, have effects on inflammation. It also has possible fibrinolytic effects as well as antithrombotic effects. Fibrinolytics are agents that dissolve blood clots. Antithrombotics are agents that reduce blood clot formations. It may fight cancer and it also may have immunomodulatory effects. Immunomodulatory agents affect a person’s immune system. Bromelain has been found to help heal wounds and even improve one’s circulation. Due to these properties, one can see how bromelain from pineapple can have a therapeutic effect on a woman’s fertility.
Bromelain and Fertility
Out of all these components, it’s more than likely that bromelain’s anti-inflammatory properties are what may help a woman to improve her chances of conception when trying to conceive. Bromelain, as mentioned, has possible blood-thinning properties in it that may reduce blood clots and the formation of blood clots. So keep this in mind if you are taking blood-thinning medications such as baby aspirin or clopidogrel or any medications such as those.
How to Use Pineapples When Trying to Conceive
Organic pineapples should be used as a large number of pineapples may be consumed during the time you are trying to conceive. Sometimes pineapples that are not organic may have too many harmful chemicals or pesticides. If a woman is taking pineapple for its bromelain properties when trying to conceive, she should eat one pineapple core, separated into five portions, and eat one portion every day over the course of five days. This should begin on the day after ovulation occurs. If a woman is in the process of in vitro fertilization, she can have a core of the pineapple in the same manner, but the start day should be the day of the transfer of the embryo.
Make sure to talk to your physician if you would like to try this to make sure that it's appropriate with the treatment or whatever medication you are taking. Keep in mind that while pineapples are healthy, it’s the core and stem that have the bromelain. Since the stem is usually not ingested, the core is. The core does have a different flavor and texture, however.
Is Eating Too Much Pineapple Bad for You?
Eating too much pineapple can have some negative effects. One of them is that the natural sugar and natural acid in pineapple may cause harm to the enamel of one’s teeth. Pineapple may actually stain teach as well. Eating a lot of sugar may raise one’s blood sugar levels.
Bromelain and pineapple can interact with medications like medications that fight bacteria or those that are anti-seizure. As mentioned earlier, pineapple may interact with medications that are for thinning the blood. It can also interact with blood pressure medication and cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. Some people that eat pineapple that is not ripe may experience nausea and vomiting as pineapple that is not ripe is toxic in nature. It may also cause diarrhea as one may experience an excessive amount of vitamin C.
While bromelain has many positive properties, too much of anything is a bad thing. The bromelain may break down other enzymes in one’s body and cause dermatitis in some individual and even trigger dermatitis development and symptoms. Pineapples are high in potassium, and too much potassium may affect one’s kidneys, so if you have any kidney issues or if you are considering using Bromelain and/or pineapple to supplement efforts in trying to conceive, make sure to take an inventory of your medication list and check with your doctor first.
Are Bromelain Supplements Safe?
Bromelain supplements may not be safe because they are not FDA-approved as prescription medication to treat infertility. Bromelain, however, is on the FDA Food additives list. This is the listing for bromelain according to the FDA Website: “Bromelin or bromelain (spelling optional)—MISC, MIA, To soften tissue of meats; ENZ, REG, As an enzyme preparation (optional ingredient) in bakery products.”
On certain popular online shopping websites, you can search for bromelain and look for the ones that have five-star reviews, but keep in mind that many reviews may be paid reviews or falsified ones, so read the reviews with a grain of salt. Remember, before taking any supplements for bromelain, make sure to consult with your physician first. If you are going to consider a bromelain supplement, consider one that does not have dioxide, stearate, and magnesium.
Also obtain ones that mention that pure bromelain is used from pineapples, preferable, organic pineapples. Also make sure that it mentions that it’s free of allergenic, pesticides, and heavy metals. Sometimes, it’s best to look at the ingredients, aside from the reviews, on the actual pictures of the product, to make sure that other ingredients were not added to avoid any allergenic complications.
Scientific References Used in Article
- Rathnavelu, V., Alitheen, N. B., Sohila, S., Kanagesan, S., & Ramesh, R. (2016). Potential role of bromelain in clinical and therapeutic applications. Biomedical reports, 5(3), 283-288.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2018 Charlotte Doyle
Liz Westwood from UK on December 11, 2018:
I had not realised that pineapple could be used in this way. When I was a child growing up in the UK, pineapples were not so easy to buy, but now they are readily available.