Animal research suggests that bromelain may also help protect your gut from harmful, diarrhea-causing bacteria, such as E. coli and V. cholera ( 1 , 10 ).
Bromelain may also improve recovery from infections, such as pneumonia, sinusitis, and bronchitis, especially when used in combination with antibiotics ( 1 , 12 ).
Summary Test-tube studies suggest that concentrated amounts of bromelain may help protect against cancer. However, it’s currently unclear whether pineapple juice offers similar benefits in humans.
Summary Pineapple juice is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. It’s especially packed with manganese, copper, vitamin B6, and vitamin C — all of which play important roles in the proper functioning of your body.
Moreover, according to some test-tube research, bromelain may help reduce gut inflammation in people with inflammatory bowel disorders, such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis ( 10 ).
I’m having a hard time zipping up my jeans. With our move, dealing with a new commute and my sons sports schedule we’ve been eating on the run way too much. My son and husband are super active and can eat whatever they want without any consequences. Me, not so much. I have to admit that it’s hard to be around people eating pizza and cheeseburgers and not want to partake. At my age I just can’t eat like that without putting on weight and it’s getting harder and harder to take those extra pounds off. I remember in my 20’s I could just skip dinner and wake up 5 pounds lighter. These days I feel like I go for weeks eating nothing but kale and green juice without the scale budging even a bit.
The enzymes in pineapple juice function as proteases. Proteases help break down protein into smaller subunits, such as amino acids and small peptides, which can then be more easily absorbed in your gut ( 10 ).
It’s made from pineapple fruit, which is native to South America and crops are grown in countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, India, China, and the Philippines.