Have you ever experienced that disturbing pain in your tongue and lips on prolonged contact when you last had pineapple? Although pineapples do contain citric acids which may contribute to the discomfort, it is rarely the main culprit for making you feel that way.
“You eat pineapples, or do pineapples eat you?”
With minimal effort on researching, you will find out that the enzyme in pineapple, bromelain is behind all these painful experiences people had all around the world. Read on and you will be on your way to share these uncommonly known facts with your friends the next time on a fruit platter.
What is Bromelain?
Bromelain is a protein-digesting(proteolytic) enzyme that helps to hydrolyze protein into amino acids that can be easily absorbed through our small intestine lining. It can be found in the entire fruit, however the stem is commonly used commercially as the quantity would be readily available after the fruit has been harvested.
- Stem bromelain (SBM) — This type of bromelain is widely available in the market because its extraction is cheaper and the stem is essentially a waste product of the plant. This extraction is done through centrifugation, ultrafiltration or lyophilization. When bromelain is mentioned or used in mainstream products, it is most probably this type of bromelain.
- Fruit bromelain (FBM) — Studies suggest that fruit bromelain offers a weaker digestive activity compared to stem bromelain, but has better proteolytic activity. Unlike stem bromelain, this type is not widely utilized because of its limited availability.
Over here with Cio Enzyme, we ferment whole fresh pineapples in order to serve the best of both worlds, Stem Bromelain & Fruit Bromelain.
5 Benefits of Bromelain
- Improves digestion & nutrient absorption
- Boost immunity
- Reduces inflammation and swelling
- Relieves sinus infection(Rhinosinusitis)
- Helps in weight management
1. Improves digestion & nutrient absorption
Bromelain helps in breaking down the peptide bonds in our daily protein intake(lean meat, soybean, milk, fish etc) into amino acids that will be easily absorbed through our small intestine lining. These amino acids plays an integral role in removing toxins from the body, supports metabolism, encourage healthy digestion and aid in promoting healthy body tissues.
2. Boost immunity
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, as is beta-carotene, which are both found in substantial quantities in pineapple. More antioxidants also mean better immunity against many diseases, especially in many age-related diseases.
3. Reduces inflammation and swelling
Bromelain may help alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatism. It’s also used to help in sprain and strain recovery by reducing swelling and promote tissue healing. For people who are currently on arthritis medications, consider switching to bromelain for a more natural alternative.
4. Relieves sinus infection(Rhinosinusitis)
Bromelain helps to dilute mucus and makes it easier to expel or expectorate it. It can also decongest the nasal passage and reduce the cold and cough associated with sinusitis.
In fact, bromelain is used in Europe as a treatment for sinus swelling after ear, nose, or throat surgery.
5. Helps in weight management
Bromelain has also been studied based on its ability to inhibit the lipogenesis, which is important in the prevention of obesity. A 2012 study done at the Institute of Microbial Technology shows that stem bromelain had the ability to reduce fat formation by suppressing adipogenesis and promoting apoptosis in mature adipocytes.
Like Papain, bromelain is one of the most popular proteases to use for meat tenderizer.
Beware of pineapple allergy!
You could be allergic to pineapples. The bromelain may cause gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, nausea, and flatulence.
If you’re allergic to latex, wheat, celery, papaya or grass pollen, you may be allergic to bromelain in the pineapple too.
Weight-watchers & Diabetics
Although it is a known fact that pineapple juice can help in weight loss because of it’s low calories count, there is no doubt that pineapple juice can also be high in sugar when consumed in large quantity.
At Cio Enzyme, we ferment our pineapples for a year, extracting the essences of the pineapple enzymes, without worrying about the sugar intake of the pineapple juice.
Suitable for diabetics, we recommend our customers to consume 30ml – 60ml of our Pineapple Fermentate(Reserve) diluted with 9 portion of water daily.