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Pineapple Compound Fights Inflammation

Bromelain, a pineapple compound, can reduce inflammation and help control pain. In other countries it is still known by the earlier name ananase.
Pineapple Compound Fights Inflammation
Bromelain pineapple compound ananase

Foods with anti-inflammatory activity can often relieve pain nearly as well as medications, but without the scary side effects. A pineapple compound called bromelain is one that can be helpful, as this reader discovered by accident.

Q. For several weeks, I’ve been experiencing moderate thigh and butt pain from osteoarthritis in my back.

I’m getting some moderate relief from meloxicam, an NSAID. But recently I am enjoying additional relief from eating fresh pineapple.

Not only is the pain greatly reduced, I’m able to walk with increased ease, stamina, and flexibility. What’s more, the pineapple is delicious.

I remember being given “ananase,” a pineapple derivative, to reduce swelling from an injury to my face decades ago. I assume that the active ingredient in my improvement is ananase, but I can’t seem to find this drug. Do you have any information on ananase?

Pineapple Compound

A. Ananase is also known as bromelain. In the US, bromelain is sold as a dietary supplement. This pineapple compound has been shown to reduce pain and swelling after molar extraction as effectively as the NSAID diclofenac (Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Jun., 2014).

You may be interested in other natural agents with anti-inflammatory activity. You’ll find them discussed in our Guide to Alternatives for Arthritis.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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