Gout and Bromelain from Pineapple

Pineapple, Bromelain and Gout

What is bromelain exactly and how does it help with my gout?

Pineapple, native to South America can grow up to 12 inches long and weigh up to 10 pounds. It is a fruit that is enjoyed for its’ juiciness but also has a reputation as an herbal medicine and that is what we gout sufferers are interested in here. The pineapple has a sturdy stem and it contains bromelain which is an enzyme or better yet a mix of a number of different protein digesting enzymes. Pineapple is the only fruit that contains natural bromelain and you must always eat it fresh since cooking it causes it to reduce the amount of bromelain. Pineapple is also loaded with vitamin C, a strong antioxidant.

Discovered in 1957 by Ralph Heinicke, who worked as a chemist for the Dole Pineapple Company, first noticed high levels of bromelain in pineapple stems, Dole then encouraged Heinicke to find medicinal uses for the enzyme. What he found was that bromelain is a natural blood thinner and anti-inflammatory; it promotes blood circulation in your body by blocking the production of compounds that can cause swelling and pain. Thus, when inflammation is reduced, blood can move more easily to a traumatized area by relieving the pain and accelerating the healing. Bromelain decreases bruising, swelling, tenderness, redness, sprains that were caused by from muscle aches and pains or from tissue injuries like healing after a surgery.

What is the evidence that pineapple and bromelain is a natural pain killer for so many ailments including gout?

As for treating gout, Heinicke and other studies have found that bromelain is useful in relieving strain-induced gout, when uric acid crystals accumulate in a joint that becomes inflamed by a strain or even normal use. Bromelain causes the uric acid crystals to decompose thus relieving you from the pain associated with gout. Unlike pineapple stems, pineapple fruit does not contain enough bromelain enzyme to provide any provable medicinal effects. If taken regularly, bromelain may also prevent repeated gout attacks. Although there aren’t many studies examining the effects of bromelain on gout patients, a 2001 study published in “Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology” notes that bromelain may decrease production of transforming growth factor-beta, the over- production of which is associated with arthritic-like conditions. In another 2002 study published in “Phytomedicine” also stated that bromelain reduces the physical symptoms of arthritic conditions.

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A 1995 study conducted in Germany followed 59 people with torn ligaments and strains; and were given bromelain for three weeks. What the study concluded was the bromelain consumption caused a substantial reduction in swelling, pain and tenderness both during rest and during movement. You could basically compare the results to those people taking NSAIDs. Bromelain does this by helping excess fluid drain from the area of the muscle injury having a strong anti-inflammatory effect on the muscles. It can also alleviate back pain and joint pain linked to arthritis.

Bromelain can even relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, ease chronic bronchitis, sinusitis and other respiratory allergies. It can lessen the symptoms of eczema, reduce the swelling of cuts and scrapes even insect bites and stings! It can aid digestion and reduce your heartburn even urinary tract infections! Furthermore, it is also being studied as a possible cancer treatment for tumors. There you have it! Bromelain is a natural pain killer for so many ailments.

How do I take bromelain?

During a gout attack, take 500mg of bromelain capsules every three hours until the attack subsides. For gout attack prevention, take 500mg twice a day between meals, on an empty stomach and add 500mg of quercentin twice daily. Quercentin is a flavonoid that reduces high uric acid levels that causes the inflammation and pain during a gout attack. Bromelain assists in increasing your body’s absorption and utilization of quercetin, working very well together. You can take bromelain in the form of a tablet, powder or capsule. This is only a guideline and your doctor will be able to advise you on how much to take. Did you know that bromelain is also one of the key ingredients inside my proprietary blend which sells as a dietary supplement on Amazon called NutriGout?

If you are allergic to pineapple/bromelain do not take it. Some people have reported other side effects that include nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Please don’t be a glutton and eat tons of pineapple as a means of obtaining bromelain because it may cause your mouth and cheeks to swell, although bromelain is considered safe even at high doses. There you have it, bromelain is an excellent natural remedy in your battle with gout, I love pineapple and usually buy one every week.

Posted by Spiro Koulouris

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  • DD

    Reply Reply September 23, 2019

    Spiro, I just got your e-book because my sister is suffering an attack of gout on her knee and I want to help her by cooking the right foods for her, however, have doubts about some ingredients…in your experience, what would be the fastest way to control her uric acid NOW…

    • Spiro Koulouris

      Reply Reply September 26, 2019

      Limit the meat to 10% of daily calories and even better if your sister can go strictly on a vegetarian diet eating complex carbohydrates only like fresh vegetables, legumes, beans for protein, 100% whole grain pastas, breads and rice. Remember there is also protein in pasta, bread and rice that makes you feel full.

      Drink only water, herbal teas and coffee and nothing else.

      Do not fry any of the food, only boil or bake in the oven.

  • Vince

    Reply Reply July 12, 2018

    Spiro, I’ve read that the flesh of the pineapple is also rich in bromelain. That’s per the Dole Nutrition Lab. I’m going to use both supplements and the flesh of the fruit in order to relieve my gout symptoms. Thanks for all of your research into this horrid affliction that bothers so many people worldwide. Many, many great recommendations and ideas on your site. Many thanks sir, Vince

  • will

    Reply Reply July 17, 2017

    I had no idea about any of this. I can’t speak for gout related issues, but I have a cyst on my tailbone that hasn’t been down in years. Binged on pineapple for a couple weeks, completely incidental, and for the first time in years the cyst went back down. It was then I realized the last time it was down (those years ago) was the last time I had pineapple on hand regularly because the GF got a smoothie maker. At the time I attributed to everything BUT the pineapple in the smoothies, but I’ve had everything that I had in them regularly throughout my meals, except for the pineapple.

    When I’ve kept the cyst down for 2 weeks straight, I started to finally make the connection (5 years later). I skipped 3 days, and it made a comeback..started back up, and back to suppressed. It’s been consistently suppressed for 6 months so far. I looked it up after noticing for myself, and to my surprise…there were articles and studies published.

    It if is solely the bromelain in the pineapple and not other components of it that has helped my situation, then I have to challenge what is said about the fruit itself not containing enough to have a medicinal benefit.

    I didn’t even know it was a thing (that pineapple could fight off ailments) until I accidentally taught myself.

    I do have some sort of autoimmune arthritis that attacks my foot every couple years (I don’t think it’s gout as it’s more widespread across the joints and seems to move around), but this bromelain connection is news to me. Here’s hoping my pineapple habit helps stave off these attacks as well. Of course, I’ll consider the supplement too, just to see if it’s effective on my cyst.

  • mike v

    Reply Reply November 24, 2015

    i take bromelain and quercetin with n acetyl cysteine every morn on emty stomach
    my gout is controlled.
    i also take many supplements.but those work well

  • dave

    Reply Reply July 28, 2015

    I have had this stubborn gout attack and yesterday I got the bromelain 500 mg tablets and I am pain free as I type this. knee swelling finally is going down. I am hopeful this is a good as it seems.

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