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Pineapple Ingredient May Help With Sinusitis

The lingering effects of a respiratory infection may lead to sinusitis, or inflammation of the sinuses. This is typically caused by bacterial overgrowth and infection in the sinuses while the nasal passages are blocked from mucus produced by the body. Other symptoms include nasal congestion, facial pressure and pain and sinus tenderness. Patients typically respond poorly to over-the-counter decongestants and expectorants. While antibiotics will help clear the respiratory infection, sinusitis is very difficult to treat successfully, and may turn into a chronic condition. What else can be done?

Bromelain is a digestive enzyme found in pineapple that has been shown to be effective in reducing the swelling and inflammation that accompany sinusitis. A 2005 study in Germany showed that bromelain was effective in reducing the duration of sinusitis symptoms by about a day and a half (compared to standard treatment). It has a very low toxicity, and the most commonly reported side effect is upset stomach and diarrhea.

Bromelain may not be for everyone. If you fit into any of these categories, consult a healthcare provider before taking bromelain:

  • Allergic to pineapple
  • Taking blood thinners like warfarin (Coumadin) or clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Have a history of clotting, bleeding, kidney, liver, or heart disease;
  • Allergic to latex
  • Pregnant or lactating

CarePro Advance Health carries three products that contain bromelain:  Bromelain-5000, Sinatrol, and Natural D-Hist. Bromelain-5000 contains just bromelain, while Sinatrol and Natural D-Hist also contain other herbs to help with sinus health and allergies, respectively. 

The next time you get have lingering sinus pressure after a cold or the flu, consider trying bromelain for faster relief! Connect with a CarePro pharmacist at [email protected] if you have questions about bromelain.