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Family: Bromeliaceae.

Castilian: pineapple, pineapple American, tropical pineapple, pineapple sugar.


The fruit and the stem (the latter has a higher concentration of Bromelin)


Originally from Central America. Today it is cultivated in all tropical regions of the world.

Used Part.

The fruit.

Active Principles.

Proteolytic enzymes (Bromelin or bromelaína) Citric acid and malic. Vitamins A, B and C. Sugars: glucose and sucrose. Fat. Minerals: iodine, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sulfur. Abundant fiber (cellulose) in the heart.

Drug Action.

Proteolytic, digestive: the Bromelin is a digestive ferment comparable to the papain and pepsin. Antiinflammatory, lipid lowering, antiplatelet. Diuretic, vitamins, high nutritional value. Dissemination agent, detergent sores.


Dyspepsia hiposecretoras, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, urolithiasis, arteriosclerosis. Bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, cystic fibrosis. In topical use: cleaning wounds and sores food. The heart of pineapple has been advocated as an adjuvant in slimming diets, for its fiber content, with action Saciantes and slightly laxative.



1 - 2 slices, always fresh, before each meal or a glass of juice.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Using food, fresh juice.

Dry extract (5: 1) 0. 3 to 1 g / day.

Dust heart of pineapple: 200 to 600 mg, half an hour before the main meal.

Extract hidroglicólico (1: 5) applied topically.


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