Bromelain is an additive extracted from the stem or juice of pineapples. Bromelain is composed primarily of the enzymes found in pineapple that degrade proteins and are responsible for the irritation of the mouth that occurs after consuming large amounts of pineapple. Bromelain is a popular meat tenderizer and is also used in baking, beer production, to prevent browning of apple juice, and as a supplement.

Health considerations

Bromelain is not a regulated drug with approved health claims; it is available for therapeutic use. Uses include prevention of platelet aggregation, improving digestion as a digestive enzyme, increasing uptake and potency of antibiotics, and treatment of inflammatory diseases. Bromelain is also used as a food ingredient, particularly as a meat tenderizer due to its ability to degrade proteins in the meat.

May be found in

Pineapple, meat tenderizers, beer, fruit juices, nutritional supplements


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