That’s right. Pineapple – be it part of a cold, icy drink, a fruit salad, anything – contains an anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain. New research shows that bromelain soothes your cells by reducing the migration of white blood cells to sites of inflammation – like sunburned skin, injured muscles, and arthritic joints. So when you are in pain you know what to do. Go to the nearest store and grab a fresh, juicy pineapple, but first learn how to pick up a ripe one from your grandma!
If you’re not a pineapple fan, you can get bromelain straight from a supplement. It might even be the preferred method, since you don’t get tons of bromelain from fresh pineapple. Researchers recommend about 100 milligrams of bromelain a day for sore joints. Ask your doctor if this dose is safe for you.