Pineapples are a delicious tropical fruit. They can be consumed fresh, cooked, preserved, or juiced. They have exceptional juiciness which makes really refreshing, and the best thing is the are availablility all year long!
In addition to the delicious flavor, pineapples have miraculous health benefits, with many health nutrients, vitamins, and minerals; including potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta carotene, thiamin, B6, folate, bromelain, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber.
Here are more reasons why you should add pineapple to your daily fruit intake:
It’s good for your immune system
A single serving of pineapple has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin C for human beings, making it one of the richest and most delicious sources of ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is mainly associates with reducing illness and boosting the immune system by stimulating the activity of white blood cells and acting as an antioxidant to defend against the harmful effects of free radicals.
It prevents cancer
In addition to the antioxidant potential in vitamin C, pineapples are also rich in various other antioxidant including vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds and high levels of manganese. They have been directly related to preventing cancers of the mouth, throat, and breast.
It keeps your skin flawless and firm
The vitamin C in pineapples does wonder to cure acne and other inflammatory skin conditions. Also, pineapples give the collagen synthesis in your body a boost. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and more flexible your skin will be.
It’s good for digestion
Like most fruits, pineapples are a rich source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble fiber. Eating a healthy amount of pineapples can protect you from a vast amount of health conditions; including constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, atherosclerosis and blood clotting, as well as blood pressure.
It reduces symptoms of arthritis
One of the most celebrated health benefits of pineapple is its ability to reduce the inflammation of joint and muscles, particularly those associated with arthritis. Bromelain in pineapples has ability to break down complex proteins and has serious anti-inflammatory effects. It has been correlated with reducing the signs and symptoms of arthritis in many test subjects.
Pineapples help cure coughs, colds and sinusitis
Again, the combination of vitamin C and bromelain can do wonders to your health. It is connected with the reduction of phlegm and mucus build up in the respiratory tracts and sinus cavities. It therefore prevents the illnesses that cause phlegm and mucus build-up, while also treating them by loosening those materials and helping you eliminate them from your body.
Pineapples maintain your oral health
Along with the antioxidant compounds that protect against oral cancer, pineapples also have astringent properties which strengthen gums and make sure that your teeth do not become loose. Astringent agents help to tighten up tissues and tone the body so things like tooth loss, hair loss, and muscle weakness or skin loosening.
A few words of warning!
Although pineapples have many benefits, but moderation is the key. The bromelain in pineapples—apart from its benefits—is primarily a meat-tendering enzyme, which is why it is so helpful in the digestion of tough foods. This can result in the softening or tenderness of your “meat” as well, meaning that your lips, gums, and tongue might experience some tenderness or sensitivity if you eat too much pineapple. Bromelain is a powerful chemical, as in vitamin C, if taken in excess. Both of these are in high proportions in pineapple, and an “overdose” can lead to vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and headaches.