However, you can't eat pineapple stems in order to reap its medicinal benefits. Unfortunately, bromelain is only able to be extracted in laboratories by supplement companies.
We naturopaths prescribe Bromelain to patients suffering from musculoskeletal injuries or complaints, like muscle pain, strains/sprains, and even arthritis, as Bromelain is anti-inflammatory. But when you take Bromelain make sure to take it away from food to get its anti-inflammatory effects. However, if you do take it with food, it's safe. You'll just get Bromelain's digestive benefits and not its anti-inflammatory effects.
That's right: this supplement has two completely different effects in the body depending on whether it is consumed with food or not. So, let's recap:
With food: digestive enzyme (helps to better digest food)
Without food: anti-inflammatory agent (helps treat muscle injuries/aches/pains)