Bromelain is a ‘clean-up’ enzyme group extracted from pineapple. Pineapple juice is often used to tenderise meat due to bromelain’s ability to dissolve and breakdown certain proteins, and it is this type of activity that can assist the body’s natural detoxification processes. Let’s take a look at the science and zoom in on how bromelain can support us today.
Early research showed bromelain to retard some cancer growth by dissolving the cancer’s protective coating, and then we learned that oral bromelain, through a similar mechanism might reduce the danger of clot-related problems such as heart attack, or stroke.
Supporting normal processes of preventing thrombosis
Bromelain is a fibrinolytic enzyme, it dissolves fibrin, the protein that causes clots. Two studies with bromelain showed that it supported the body’s normal processes of stabilising against thrombosis in heart patients.
Inhibition of certain virus entries to cells
In vitro results demonstrate that bromelain can inhibit SARS‐CoV‐2 binding and infection in certain cells via targeting ACE‐2, TMPRSS2, and SARS‐CoV‐2 S‐protein.
Specific useful action in supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes after exposure to viral spike proteins when combined witn N-acetyl-cysteine
The spike glycoprotein and envelope protein of SARS-CoV-2, contain disulfide bridges, which it needs for binding to the ACE2 receptor in host cells. Bromelain and Acetylcysteine have synergistic action against glycoproteins by breakage of glycosidic linkages and disulfide bonds. In non medical in vitro experiments, spike and envelope protein disulfide bonds were reduced by Acetylcysteine. We are not suggesitng that Bromlain can cure the COVID disease, but we do know that in cell culture (in a test tube or petri dish), bromelain and N-acetyl-cysteine broke down SARS-COV-2 so it is possible that this combination can nutritionally support the body’s natural processes of detoxifying from this antigen.