Bromelain, also known as pineapple extract, is a concentrate of proteolytic Enzymes and, because it is Digested, it also influences the body and blood. This enzyme acts on the decomposition of Proteins, promoting greater efficiency in their digestion. The use of bromelain is associated with inhibition of platelet aggregation, anti-inflammatory and antitumor action, modulation of cytokines and immunity, increased Absorption of drugs, among others. In high doses, bromelain can cause several side effects, such as nausea and gastrointestinal discomfort.
The immune system is made up of cells, tissues and organs that act in the organism’s defense against the harmful effects of external microorganisms. The supplements indicated for immunity act as strengthening agents of this system, increasing the antibodies production and, consequently, its defense activity.
Bromelain acts as an antioxidant, helping the body to fight oxidative stress. Oxidative stress signals that there are many free radicals in the body and that interaction can lead to weakened immune system and harmful diseases. In the immune system, bromelain can remove receptors that correspond to pro-inflammatory signals in T cells (lymphocytes responsible for defending the body), making it impossible for pathogens to form in the body.
Supplementing bromelain in doses higher than recommended can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, diarrhea and gas. There are not enough studies for the consumption of bromelain during pregnancy, therefore, a medical prescription is recommended.
Bromelain can slow blood clotting. Consumed with anticoagulants can increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.