Pineapple’s Amazing Health Benefits

Pineapple's Amazing Health Benefits
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Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. And indeed pineapples became one of the of the most popular tropical fruits in the world. Actually, they are second only to bananas as America’s favorite tropical fruit. They are delicious, juicy and balance the tastes of sweet and tart.

A short history

Pineapple (Ananas comosus) belongs to the Bromeliaceae family, from which one of its most important compounds, the enzyme bromelain, was named. The plant was indigenous to South America and was first discovered by Columbus in 1493 on the Caribbean island Guadalupe. He brought it back with him to Europe and there were attempts to grow this fruit in Europe, but since this fruit needs tropical climate, it didn’t flourish in this region.

By the end of the 16th century, Portuguese and Spanish explorers introduced pineapples into many of their colonies in Asia, Africa and the South Pacific, where the pineapple is still being grown today. Because of its rarity and high price in those times, it was considered as a status item. In the 18th century, pineapples began to be cultivated in Hawaii. Other countries that commercially grow pineapples include Thailand, the Philippines, China, Brazil and Mexico.

The Health Benefits of Pineapple

Here we are going to look at some of the pineapple’s main health benefits and how to use pineapple as a medicine:

Reduces inflammation

The enzyme bromelain, which is extracted from pineapple, is used to treat a number of conditions, but is particularly effective in reducing inflammation from infection and injuries. Bromelain also decreases osteoarthritic pain, so is relevant to you if you suffer from arthritis, gout, joint pain and chronic inflammation. Bromelain is also used for reducing swelling (inflammation), especially of the nose and sinuses. Bromelain also contains chemicals that interfere with the growth of tumor cells and slow blood clotting.

Further reading: also read my article about these foods to reduce inflammation in your body.

Improves immune system

Pineapples are packed with Vitamin C. High concentration of vitamin C is known to boost immune system and acts as an antioxidant. It also provides a boost to your immune system by helping to shorten the duration of colds.

Find more information on how to improve your immunity in my previous articles on  how to boost your immune system naturally and 10 Quick Life Hacks to Improve Your Immunity Almost Immediately.

Pineapples are also loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, manganese, copper, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Pineapples are also known for their ability to build and maintain strong bones due to the content of the trace mineral manganese, which your body needs to build bones and connective tissues.

Another fruit which is loaded with vitamin C is dragon fruit – read about the amazing health benefits of dragoon fruit.

Improves digestion

The enzyme bromelain, also aids digestion by breaking down proteins. This is why pineapple juice is often used in marinades, as the bromelain helps to tenderize the meat. The added benefit of marinating meat in pineapple juice is that the protein will reduce the inevitable spike in blood sugar levels from the pineapple’s sugar content. Find here how to make this delicious digestive detox smoothie which one of it’s ingredients is pineapple. To learn more about the concept of detox and how to use detox to cleanse and energize your body, you can find useful information in my e-book the The Detox Guide. The whole process helps to increase stamina and energy and improves the digestive process.

Protection against macular degeneration

This disease is the most common cause of vision loss for older adults and is caused by damage to the retina. Including pineapple in your diet can lower the risk of this disease because pineapples contain beta-carotene, which is important for healthy eyes. We’ve all heard that carrots are great for keeping our eyes strong and healthy, but actually research has proven that fruits are better for keeping your eyesight as adults. Find here more information about how to prevent eyesight problems and improve vision naturally.

Aids in weight management

Pineapple is a nutrient-dense food, which means that it provides a lot of nutritional benefit for a small amount of calories (one cup of cubed pineapple contains about 80 calories). Nutrient-dense foods can help with weight management as they help you feel full without adding too many calories, and provide you with fiber and a number of essential vitamins and minerals.

Few things to consider

1. Pineapples have high sugar content. It’s best to consume sugar-rich foods such as this for a quick boost of energy during exercise or to combine them after eating proteins or healthy fats that will reduce the sugar level spike in the blood. Pineapples also have a medium glycemic index so be aware of it if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic.

2. The common pineapple fruit may not contain enough doses of bromelain to act as medicine for certain conditions. Consult your physician before changing your diet or taking any bromelain supplements. This is because supplements may have side effects or interact with medications, so you should take them only under the supervision of your doctor. Bromelain is available in tablet or capsule form for use by mouth.

Tips for selecting and storing pineapples

1. Look for pineapples that are heavy for their size and have dark green leaves, and eat them within 2-3 days for best results.

2. Choose Pineapples that don’t have soft spots, wrinkled skin and bruises which may indicate that the pineapple is past its prime.

3. For the most antioxidants, choose fully ripened pineapple (pineapple stops ripening as soon as it is picked). A sweet scent is generally considered the most important aspect of choosing a ripe pineapple.

4. A whole pineapple can be left at room temperature for one or two days before serving. After two days, if you are still not ready to eat it, you should store it in the refrigerator where it will keep longer (a whole pineapple can last up to 2 weeks, and a cut pineapple will last for up to one week).

5. Once you cut the pineapple, you should store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

6. Although pineapple can be frozen for up to 6 months, this process greatly affects its flavor.

Did you know that pineapple was found to be 500% more effective than cough syrup? Find all the details below:

Pineapple is 500% More Effective Than Cough Syrup

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19 Responses to Pineapple’s Amazing Health Benefits

  1. Aminu maigandi says:

    We thank u for ur wonderful information on health benefit of pineapple and its medicine.

  2. Joseph Annett says:

    Ok…. here’s something that has puzzled me for a long time… ever since i learned what the inflammation response was. It’s the body’s attempt to heal damage to tissues caused by toxins, chemicals etc. So… my thinking is… by suppressing inflammation, aren’t we suppressing the body’s attempt to heal itself? Wouldn’t we be better to seek out the cause of the injury/damage and avoid it? Allow the body to continue its healing process without adding further damage? I realise the latter option might seem idealistic but to me seems more logical… even if we can’t completely stop the cause, at least mitigate or reduce its severity? Isn’t suppressing the healing response what pharmaceutical/allopathic medicine does? Would love to hear frm anyone who can help me on this one. 🙂 Thanks. 🙂

  3. Christine Walters says:

    Yes . . Apparently Bromelain arrests cancer cells.
    It helps with inflammation after an accident.

    Thamk you

  4. Thanks for all the knowledge that I gain in your article.It helps me so much in my daily life n in choosing my food to gain more a healthy lifestyle.

  5. shaye Hengst says:

    BUT U have to eat the core.. which most people throw away!!!!!!! that is the HEALTHIEST part!!!!!! Its just a little tougher but still yummy!

  6. Amir says:

    My mother is diabetic. Is the pineapple can help my mother to reduce the Sugar on her body???

  7. Edith says:

    Pineapple was discovered by Christopher Colombus?? So, none of the indigenous communities noticed it before Colombus?
    Amazing!!

    • John James Boxshall says:

      Edith, nice response and very ethnically minded yet.. Amazingly I think it can be taken that the comment means discovered first on the part of those non-indigenous to those parts of the world. So glad that you felt amazed enough to comment and tickled my sense of humour enough to promote continuation of your comment 🙂

  8. Thirumoorthy says:

    Pineapple is a delicious fruit with good flour and contains useful vitamins especially Vitamin C which helps you to get rid of Cold.
    Regular use of Pineapple would help us a lot to keep good health.

  9. mary says:

    Pineapples are good for reducing blood clots …

  10. Mary says:

    I like eat pineapple, but I HV stopped eat it due to its high in sugar level

  11. pat crawford says:

    How does canned pineapple stack up against fresh? Is it good for you?

  12. Tricia says:

    Would of this fruit help my friend with fiber mycologists?

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