Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, bromelain often is used to treat sports-related injuries, such as sprains and strains, and seems to help bruises heal faster. A number of studies attest to bromelain’s anti-inflammatory effect. A 1995 German open study, for example, found that people with strains and torn ligaments who took bromelain had a significant reduction in pain and swelling. [Fortschr Med 1995 Jul 10; 113(19):303].
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As a digestive aid, bromelain can boost the effect of digestive enzymes in the body, such as trypsin or pepsin.
(Source: Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia: An A to Z Guide, by Kenna Simmons. An official publication of the Arthritis Foundation. To purchase, visit www.arthritis.org.)