Common Names: bromelain, pineapple enzyme, pineapple extract Latin Names: (pineapple plant) Ananas comosus

What is it?

  • Group of enzymes which can be found in the stem and fruit of a pineapple
  • Medicinal Usages:
    • Dietary Supplement which can assist w/ pain & swelling
      • Especially the gut, mouth, & nasal regions after an injury or surgery
      • Potentially helpful w/ side-effects of osteoarthritis, cancer, digestive problems, and muscle soreness
    • Topical bromelain can be used to assist w/ burn healing
      • Several studies1 show the benefits of using bromelain to remove dead skin after a burn


  1. Rosenberg L, Krieger Y, Bogdanov-Berezovski A, et al. A novel rapid and selective enzymatic debridement agent for burn wound management: a multi-center RCT. Burns. 2014;40(3):466-474. ↩︎