Bromelain: Important Nutrient for Sinusitis – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 53
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
If you suffer from Sinusitis, taking the supplement Bromelain and rinsing your sinuses once or twice a day can really help. About 35 million Americans develop Sinusitis each year. This is inflammation and swelling of the tissue lining the sinuses in your nasal cavity. It can be caused by infections but also nasal problems like a polyps, blockages or allergies.
What are your sinuses?
Your sinuses help lighten the weight of your head, since they are air-filled cavities. Your sinus cavities are made up of four pairs of sinuses that help warm up the air your breathe in, they moisturize the air you breathe in and they are a chamber that helps resonate your voice.
Importantly, your sinuses also produce mucus. This is essential, as it acts as a protective layer and maintains the moisture in your nose to keep critical organs from drying out. But mucus also acts as a trap for dust, bacteria or smoke that can irritate your nose, throat and your lungs. The mucus contains antibodies and bacteria-killing enzymes that help fight off infections.
What are some symptoms of Sinusitis?
- Terrible headaches
- Pain in the cheeks or mouth
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Post nasal drip
- Loss of sense of smell
Natural Remedies for Sinusitis
For my clients with reoccurring Sinusitis, I always recommend a nasal saline solution. This is a great first start. Your blood contains a certain level of salt – sodium chloride. Normal saline matches the amoun
t of salt in your blood, which is why it is a good first step that does not sting.
Bromelain is something else I frequently recommend. It’s a known supplement for relieving Sinusitis symptoms. Bromelain is a natural proteolytic enzyme, or “protease”, sourced from the stems of pineapple. In cooking, it is used as a meat tenderizer. In the body, proteolytic enzymes stimulate the body’s digestive processes and support comfortable digestion of proteins (meat, eggs, and dairy protein) by breaking these proteins into smaller components.
Sometimes I add Quercetin along with the nasal rinsing. In my experience, this has been fantastic for Sinusitis. Bromelain reduces the swelling and inflammation in the sinuses and Quercetin helps with inflammation, especially if there is an allergy component. Rinsing clears out any debris and microbes.
Do you suffer from Sinusitis? What are some natural remedies that you turn to? Leave us a comment below to join the conversation.
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