Bromelain supplements are generally used for people who have digestive system upsets such as gas, bloating, indigestion, and cramping in their intestines after eating. However, bromelain has also been found to have anti-inflammatory activity in the body. For this reason, many people take bromelain enzyme supplements between meals to cut down on pain in the body or muscle soreness.
In fact, when bromelain was one of the ingredients in an enzyme supplement given to men performing treadmill exercise, there was a notable decrease in muscle soreness due to the exercise after working out.
However, there’s another use of bromelain that you may not have considered until now. This use is reported in the medical literature and comes from China. It might make you a little squeamish temporarily, but keep reading to find out the wisdom in the research that these scientists discovered.
The researchers were in the Third Military Medical University in Chongquing, China. Specifically they were working in the Daping Hospital in the Orthopedics Department. In the military, the doctors are always concerned about how quickly the soldiers can recover from any trauma they experience in battle. One of the most common battle traumas the soldiers experience is gunshot wounds.
So the doctors want to find out what they could do to possibly speed up healing time of this type of injury. They used pigs as a model – instead of humans. Here’s the squeamish part – the researchers shot the pigs with a high-velocity gun to get the wounds. Though this may seem cruel, it did lead to a discovery that could potentially save many lives.
The researchers used a topical preparation of bromelain, which has enzymatic properties on the wounds. The wounds recovered significantly faster in the pigs that received the bromelain supplement (topical ointment) The healing started as early as 48 hours later. The scientists reported that the bromelain supplements assisted significantly in debridement of the wounds.
The research was reported in the Journal of Surgical Research in August of 2012.
The pigs in this study could save your life or the lives of those you know who suffer from wounds that don’t or won’t heal. A wound that won’t heal is one that is inviting bacterial or fungal infections. The sooner you can close a wound and get total healing, the healthier you will be.