Not only is it delicious and reminiscent of the tropics, pineapple (which is neither pine nor apple) has nutrition and health benefits you may not know about.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that has been found to reduce inflammation, with implications for arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and general inflammation in the body.
Bromelain is also an anticoagulant that aids in digestion and improves symptoms of angina. It thins mucus as well, which was discovered when testing pineapple for its effects on tuberculosis.
Concentrated in the stem and core of the fruit which are tough, you can get the most bromelain out of the pineapple by juicing these parts. Raw pineapple works best, as the cooking and pasteurization processes remove much of its medicinal effects.
Pineapples contain a good amount of vitamin C, B vitamins, and potassium as well as calcium, vitamin A, iron, manganese, and beta-carotene.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and supports the immune system. It isn’t produced in the body and isn’t stored but is necessary for the body to be able to combat infection and disease.
Potassium is a necessary mineral that maintains nerves, muscles, and blood pressure and is found in every cell in the body. In addition, pineapple is rich in fiber and manganese, a mineral that contributes to bone and connective tissue strength.
Pineapple’s antioxidants are effective in fighting germs which is why it helps heal sore throats and cure urinary tract and ear infections. Its expectorant quality makes it an extraordinary base for a cough suppressant–found to work better than what you might buy in a pharmacy. Here’s the recipe that is easily made at home:
Pineapple Cough Syrup Suppressant [Recipe]
- 1 cup fresh pineapple
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 piece of raw ginger (about 1½ tablespoon)
- 1 tablespoon raw, unfiltered honey
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients in a blender or stir until well combined in a glass. Take ¼ cup, 2-3 times per day, and repeat recipe daily.
Refrigeration doesn’t affect its nutrition so after you cut open your pineapple, it’s okay to chill it.
Since pineapple is rich in potassium, if you take beta-blockers–which cause potassium levels in the blood to increase–moderate your intake. This may be difficult because pineapple tastes so wonderful.