Pineapples are mouth-watering fruits with a sweet taste, fragrant aroma, and yellowish flesh. The exterior of the fruit itself is spiky and can weigh up to 8 pounds! It resembles a large pinecone with a spiky rind and multiple hexagonal sections. Interestingly, all pineapple fruits have the same number of these sections.
As for the nutritional value, pineapple is packed with nutrients like manganese, copper, fiber, potassium, magnesium and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and C.
The most important compound in pineapple is bromelain, an enzyme which is responsible for most of its health benefits. It maintains a proper pH balance in the body, reduces inflammation and pain, improves digestion, and more.
According to Jillian Levy, CHHC:
“Bromelain is a natural extract that has been found to speed healing and acts as an anti-inflammatory medication- similarly to over the counter medications like aspirin and ibuprofen.
Additionally, when applied topically, the benefits of pineapple include its ability to help in healing cuts, burns, insect bites and to help dissipate bruising and other skin problems.
Additionally, recent studies have shown us that bromelain from pineapple helps stop lung metastasis in its tracks, which suggests that bromelain can be used to treat a wide variety of diseases.
It can also help soothe and relax tense, inflamed muscles and connective tissue; this is why it is commonly used as a meat tenderizer. Most commonly bromelain is used to treat conditions including ACL tears, allergies, arthritis, and joint pain, asthma, autoimmune diseases, cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, sinus infections, sprained ankles, and tendonitis. “
Health Benefits of Pineapple
- Relieve a Cough
Bromelain is a powerful anti-inflammatory which relieves pain and suppresses coughs up to 500 times better than any cough syrup.
- Inflammatory conditions
Pineapple reduces inflammation, which makes it effective at relieving pain due to injuries, gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Respiratory Conditions
Bromelain breaks down mucus, relieving panful symptoms of bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, and pneumonia.
Drink a glass of pineapple juice after a meal to improve digestion and break down food easier.
- Vision Health
Due to its abundance in beta carotene, pineapple promotes vision health and prevents eye damage.
- Bone Health
Pineapples are packed with minerals which strengthen the connective tissues and maintain bone health.
- Blood Clotting
Pineapple juice is effective at preventing the formation of blood clots.
Thanks to its blood-clotting preventing properties and abundance in antioxidants pineapple juice naturally lowers blood pressure levels.
- Sore Throat
Pineapple juice soothes the redness and soreness in the throat.
The high vitamin C content in pineapples strengthens the immune system and prevents cold, the common flu, and various infections.