Using Bromelain for Gout Relief

Bromelain, also known as ‘pineapple extract,' is a protein-digesting enzyme that is found in abundance in pineapple cores. It is a popular supplement for patients suffering with joint paint or arthritic conditions due to properties that allow it to help fight swelling and inflammation, provide pain relief and aid in tissue repair.

Bromelain for Gout Relief and Prevention

Taking bromelain in combination drugs or supplements have been shown to help with arthritis pain. Phlogenzym, a common product used by osteoarthritis patients is a combination of bromelain, trypsin and rutin and acts as an effective anti-inflammatory drug that provides pain relief. In gout, bromelain has been shown to reduce swelling and pain caused by gout attack inflammation. Additionally, bromelain has displayed its ability to relieve joint and tissue swelling and intense pain caused by a gout attack. If taken regularly, bromelain has been recognized to help in the prevention of gout attacks.

The secret behind bromelain's anti-gout properties is its ability to inhibit the production of compounds that contribute to the swelling and pain caused by inflammation. This allows bromelain to be effective in both reducing inflammation and preventing them altogether.

Research Supporting Bromelain for Gout Relief and Prevention

Multiple studies have been conducted in order to confirm Bromelain's effects on arthritis patients. One study confirmed that when bromelain was included in a drug combination, it was effective in reducing inflammation. This combination included N-acetyl cysteine, alpha-lipoic acid and bromelain. A review of clinical studies found that bromelain can be an effective and safe NSAID (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) alternative for osteoarthritis patients.

Bromelain Food Sources

Bromelain is found in the pineapple fruit, however the abundance of the enzyme is mostly found in the core and stem of the plant – both of which are inedible. 100% pure pineapple juice can also be a good source of bromelain. Both these sources however do not have high enough content to act as a medication. Therefore other bromelain sources include prescriptions, over-the-counter medications or dietary supplements.

Bromelain Supplement Variations

Bromelain supplements are available for oral use in tablet or capsule form that contain powdered bromelain. Loose powder bromelain is available and can be as effective as the capsule, but requires more work on the user's end to measure out the proper dosages. The best supplement variation to choose should be based on your budget, situation and personal convenience.

How to Use Bromelain for Gout Relief and Prevention

While studies have been conducted for bromelain's effectiveness, it's been shown that typically bromelain is not effective on its own but in combination drugs. This protein-digesting enzyme is an excellent addition to any gout related medications or supplements that are available. If taking bromelain independently, the recommended dosage for arthritis related conditions is 500 – 2,000 mg a day, taken in two divided doses. Bromelain should be taken between meals to avoid potential destruction in the stomach.


Like all drugs and supplements, bromelain can have side-effects or interactions with other medications. If you decide to take bromelain, please consult with your health care provider who can provide you with concise advice on properly taking bromelain. Additionally, bromelain is generally recommended to be taken for no longer than 8 – 10 days in a row. Like all drugs and supplements, bromelain should be consumed in appropriate amounts of according to package directions. Finally, studies have not been conducted on children or pregnant and breast-feeding women, to avoid any complications refrain from taking bromelain.

  • Side Effects
  • If taken in excessive or improperly, bromelain may cause diarrhea and stomach and intestinal pain. Bromelain may also cause allergic reactions, especially in users who have other allergies. If you have allergies be sure to consult with your doctor before taking bromelain. If you experience any discomfort or allergic reaction, stop use of the supplement immediately and contact your doctor.

  • Interactions with other Medications
  • Bromelain can have moderation interactions with the following medications:

    • Amoxicillin. Bromelain has been shown to increase the amount of amoxicillin in the body, thus increasing the effects of the medication as well as its side effects.
    • Antibiotics. Bromelain has been shown to increase the amount of antibiotics the body absorbs, this increasing the effects of the medication as well as its side effects.
    • Anticoagulant/Antiplatelet Drugs. Bromelain can increase the effectiveness of slow blood clotting drugs, increasing the likelihood of bruising and bleeding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why take bromelain with quercetin together for gout?

Bromelain and quercetin are anti-inflammatory bioflavonoids that are more effective in combination than when taken independently. The two ingredients can help maximize anti-inflammatory effects and reduce swelling, pain and the likelihood of a gout attack.

Can you recommend a good supplement of bromelain for gout?

Refer to our supplement for gout page.

Can bromelain help against gout attacks or prevent from gout? I want to know if bromelain will help future attacks or it can give pain relief at time of gout attack.

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, bromelain can be used for both relief and prevention of gout. A gout attack is caused by the inflammation of a joint, bromelain has a direct effect on the compounds that cause inflammation and swelling, thus making it harder for that immune response to occur. Additionally, thanks to its ability to reduce the swelling caused by inflammation it can provide relief from a current gout attack and help subside any pain or swelling.

Can I just eat a lot of pineapples instead of buying any supplement?

Bromelain is found in significantly high quantities in the pineapple's core and stem, both of which are considered inedible. Additionally, pineapple does not have enough of a bromelain content to be effective for medical use. A supplement will provide you with the proper dosage amount you need on a daily basis.

Someone told me to take turmeric and bromelain together why is that?

Tumeric is another substance that has anti-inflammatory properties. The combination of the two can help maximize efforts to decrease inflammation and swelling, providing relief from gout flare ups and preventing future gout attacks.

Can I take bromelain with alpha-lipoic acid together?

One study confirmed that when bromelain was included in a drug combination, it was effective in reducing inflammation. This combination included N-acetyl cysteine, alpha-lipoic acid and bromelain. Alpha-lipoic acid is another substance that has anti-inflammatory properties, an attribute that can help with providing gout relief and prevention.