Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes extracted from pineapple. When taken on an empty stomach, these enzymes can help reduce inflammation, swelling and improve breathing. Although bromelain is commonly thought of as a digestive enzyme for proteins, studies show that it can help treat symptoms of sinusitis -- or sinus inflammation -- which can be brought on by seasonal allergies. It has been suggested that bromelain also helps reduce other symptoms of sinusitis such as cough and nasal mucus. Traditionally, pineapple has been used for centuries in Central and South America to reduce inflammation as well as indigestion. To work as a digestive aid, bromelain is taken before or after meals. In Europe, bromelain is used to treat sinus and nasal swelling following ear, nose and throat surgery or trauma. Bromelain is taken orally and is available as a tablet or capsule, but be sure to check with Dr. Deb Bossio before taking bromelain as it may interact with other supplements, herbs or medications.
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