With the onset of tighter control on opioids and side effects of non-steroidal like ibuprofen and Aleve, we are called to find options to help with pain control.  Hope for Pain’s mission is to help you navigate this complicated journey and alleviate some of your pain.  After recent foot surgery, pain, and a lot of time on my hands, I was rereading one of my favorite books, Scott Jurek’s book “Eat and Run”.  Scott is an elite world-class runner and eats only plants. In one chapter Scott talks about an injury.  He started icing, eating food with turmeric, and eating lots of pineapples. I forgot about pineapples.  In the summer I eat so many in-season fruits that pineapple was not on my radar.  Whenever I do eat pineapple I always keep the core and save for smoothies for the benefits of the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain is a known anti-inflammatory enzyme.  But was there scientific research on the effectiveness of bromelain?  And guess what, there’s tons of it. 

Just earlier this year (2021) a group of scientists published a great review about bromelain.  Unfortunately, according to research, it takes an awful lot of pineapple to get the desired effects.  However, supplements are available which are made from the stem of the pineapple, where most of the bromelain is contained. Bromelain has been found to be just as effective as NSAIDs ( ibuprofen and Aleve) in many studies on the topic of osteoarthritis, with few to no side effects.  I have attached a citation to the article if you would like a little more information.  There are so many benefits of bromelain including dental plaque, potentiation of some antibiotics, sinusitis, anti-cancer, Peyronies’ disease, and gastric ulcers.  Who knew? 

I ordered some bromelain this morning from my favorite mail-order company, Pure Formulas. I chose the 150 mg dose, chosen after reviewing many studies. I can not take NSAIDs. I am definitely looking for something to help when I return to work. I’ll let you know what I think in a couple of weeks.  Follow us on thehopforpain on Instagram to see an update.  

Chakraborty AJ, Mitra S, Tallei TE, et al. Bromelain a Potential Bioactive Compound: A Comprehensive Overview from a Pharmacological Perspective. Life (Basel). 2021;11(4):317. Published 2021 Apr 6. doi:10.3390/life11040317