Pineapple for Arthritis?


Pineapple contains a substance called Bromelain.  Bromelain is a mixture of proteolytic enzymes (enzymes that aid in the digestion of proteins).  Bromelain is also thought to possess anti-inflammatory effects.  The anti-inflammatory effects of Bromelain may help reduce painful symptoms associated many forms of arthritis.  

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, An estimated 52.5 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia.  The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (overuse/wear and tear arthritis). Other common rheumatic conditions include gout, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.  People who are overweight or obese report doctor-diagnosed arthritis more often than people with a lower body mass index (BMI). 

While Bromelain can be ingested through consumption of pineapple, it is also available in concentrated supplement form over the counter or through your health care provider.  In addition to adding Bromelain (and/or pineapple) into your diet, conservative therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture and therapy can be extremely beneficial. Earlier stages of arthritic conditions often benefit from chiropractic care and specific exercise therapy to help maintain and improve mobility of joints and strength.  Acupuncture is also a great treatment for pain, with little to no negative associated side effects!  

To find out more about how chiropractic and acupuncture may be right for you contact us!  

**If you are taking any over the counter or prescription NSAID pain relievers, blood thinners, blood pressure medications, chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics or medications for anxiety or depression, consult your prescriber before you start supplementing with Bromelain to avoid any potential drug-herb interactions.