On this Thankful Thursday, it seems unusual to say I am thankful for bromelain. But I am truly thankful for this pineapple enzyme supplement. This supplement has changed my life over the course of the last 4 months.
*I was not paid to endorse Natural Factors Bromelain. I am suggesting this product because of its ingredients, price, and effectiveness. However, if you do make a purchase through the following links, I will receive a small commission. This is what keeps the blog going.*
3 Reasons Why I am Thankful for Bromelain
- Cures Muscle Pain: I started taking bromelain because of neck pain I was having (no doubt from starting the blog). Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory and has the same properties as ibuprofen without the negative side effects. It is so effective that doctors often prescribe bromelain post-surgery for their patients. Within a day of starting the supplement my pain was completely gone and has not returned.
- Reduces Migraines: In my previous post, My Journey toward Holistic Health: A Story of Relief from Chronic Pain, I chronicled my frustration with daily migraines over the course of over 10 years. Until 4 months ago, I was virtually headache-free except for my menstrual migraines. Those were still excruciating and debilitating for about a week every month. Since bromelain is known to help migraines when taken consistently, I decided to continue taking it after my muscle pain was gone. Many supplements take a few months to kick in, but I saw results in the first month. In the last 4 months, I have had one migraine, which for me is amazing.
- It Helps My Readers: One loyal reader said her chronic endometriosis pain is gone after taking bromelain. Her mother’s arthritis pain has been significantly reduced since she started taking the supplement. I am so thankful that I could help them with their chronic health issues. This is why I started this blog.
I prefer Natural Factors Bromelain Capsules because it is free of artificial colors, preservatives, titanium dioxide, wheat, and other unfavorable ingredients that many vitamins and supplements contain. I take 1000mg in the morning and 1000mg of before bed. Research recommends 500mg or more daily, not to exceed 3000mg per day. For inflammation and migraines, bromelain should be taken on an empty stomach. For digestive issues, it should be taken with food.
Because bromelain can thin blood and prevent clots from forming, it is not recommended if you are already on a blood thinner. You should not use if you are already taking regular doses of ibuprofen.
*As with any vitamin or supplement, talk to your doctor or pharmacist to rule out any interactions with the medications you have been prescribed. Do not cease taking medication without consulting with your doctor.*
Now, can you see why I am legitimately thankful for bromelain!?
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