Pineapple, whether as part of an icy drink, a fruit salad, or a barbecue kabob, 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.
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. Doctors Mehmet Oz, MD, and Michael Roizen, MD, recommend about 100 milligrams of bromelain a day for sore joints. Ask your doctor if this dose is safe for you.
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