bromelain informationPosted by alan k on 1/15/00 at 00:00 (014790)
I paste an excerpt on bromelain I got off of the neuropathy.org message board:Bromelain
by George E. Meinig, DDS, FACD
Bromelain was first introduced in 1957. Since then it has proved an important aid to so many diseases that more than 600 research articles are now found in the scientific literature about this product.
It is a proteolytic enzyme, one that decomposes protein in the body. One of its first noted benefits was as a digestant. Bromelain is derived from the stem of the pineapple plant. This enzyme is effective not only in the acid present in the stomach, but also in the alkaline environment of the intestine. It is considered a substitute for the digestants pepsin and tryptin.
When I first became acquainted with it as a digestant, it didn't appear to be too effective. Since then, I have learned that patients were using too low a dosage. What will surprise you is the long list of diseases for which bromelain has proved helpful besides MSAL-digestion. Some of these are: angina, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cellulitis, thrombophlebitis, surgical trauma, sports injuries, ecchymosis (black and blue areas), edema, pneumonia, scleroderma, sinusitis, shortens labor, and reduces appetite.
Dr. Hans Nieper, world renowned physician, has had fabulous success in treating heart cases with bromelain, magnesium oratate, and potassium oratate. He reported this therapy was 95 percent successful in preventing heart attacks. Dr. Gary Gordon in Sacramento, California, using the same regime, had 85 percent success.
Nieper's mortality rate in the treatment of strokes and heart attacks is only 2 percent, while that of the Cleveland clinic in Ohio, using conventional therapies, was 21 percent, and that of a Rotterdam Holland clinic, 19 percent.
Dr. Nieper also reported bromelain was slowly and steadily effective in lowering blood pressure and was 'one of the most effective anti-arthritics' (ANAVIT-F3). It stops platelet aggregation --the stickiness of blood cells. His clinic since 1975 has found its ability to break up fibrin has reduced leg amputation cases of diabetics and cardiovascular disease patients to zero.
Dentists who are familiar with these studies have been having wonderful success in reducing the swelling that occurs from wisdom tooth extractions and other oral surgical operations.
There are many companies that have bromelain supplements on the market. The one used by Dr. Hans Nieper is called ANAVIT-F3. It is also the one used by most of the researchers. Originally only Hawaiian pineapple was used, but today it is also manufactured in Taiwan, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Naturally, some of these products vary in their constituents and action. Upon testing, many are found to have low stability and activity.
Incidentally, most bromelain products contain only 100 to 125 mg. while ANAVIT-F3 capsules contain 230 mg. If one uses the usual recommended dose for ANAVIT-F3 of one capsule 4 X a day, it would be necessary to double that amount for most other products. Most producers of bromelain do not tell you that it becomes inactivated by heat. If kept in the refrigerator it will keep for 10 years.