Bromelain is a pineapple enzyme that may assist the body during times of physical stress. It is also a digestive enzyme with a wide pH range that can function effectively within the acidic environment of the stomach. Some researchers believe that bromelain may also increase the potency of antibiotics.*
Current-day traditional health practitioners in Japan, Hawaii, and Taiwan use topical bromelain to clean wounds and burns. Similarly, some clinicians may recommend this topical agent to reduce swelling from insect bites or stings.
Bromelain supplements may help suppress coughs, reduce nasal mucus associated with minor sinus conditions, and relieve the inflammation caused by occasional hay fever.*