We all love the amazing taste of fruit pineapple, but this fruit is full of a lot of healthy nutrients like vit C and various healthy enzymes along with amazing healing properties.
Here are 6 reasons why you should start eating pineapple everyday:
1. Better Digestion
Here’s where eating pineapples may help. Generally it’s not a good idea to eat too much fruit after heavy meal as it can interfere with digestion. Pineapples however contain a unique protein digesting enzyme called bromelain.
Actually a collection of enzymes, bromelain cleaves the protein bonds making meat and other concentrated protein foods much easier to break down and digest. It’s so good at this job that it is use commercially as a meat tenderizer.
The most bromelain is found in the core of the pineapple so make sure that you eat that part too (it’s easier if you have a small part of it with the rest of the fruit rather than leaving it all to the end).
2. Arthritis, Sticky Blood and Cancer Prevention
Pineapple and its enzymes and other nutritional properties explored ahead have many extra health benefits beyond digestion. For instance, therapeutic doses of bromelain have been shown to have significant potential for pain relief for arthritis sufferers as this compilation of available studies demonstrated.
Bromelain also appears to stop blood palettes from sticking together and may be a useful treatment for those at an increased risk of dangerous blood clots. Importantly, you should discuss taking bromelain supplements and large amounts of pineapple, like regular pineapple juice, with your doctor if you are currently taking blood thinning medication.
The benefits of pineapple and its bromelain even extend to treating cancer with the enzyme extensively studied as a therapeutic anti-cancer agent for various forms of the disease, especially breast cancer and colon cancer.
3. Pineapples for Antioxidant Protection and Better Skin
Pineapple is an unusually high source of vitamin C, far higher than the much touted oranges. Just one cup of fresh pineapple chunks contain more than 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C (though many health authorities considered this to be set far too low and many of us would benefit from much more of it).
Your body’s main water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C is on the front line of defending your cells against dangerous free radicals that can lead to cellular damage and potentially cancerous changes.
Free radical damage is widely considered a contributing factor in a variety of diseases, from cancer to asthma, arthritis to heart disease and many more serious inflammation disorders. Getting a good daily amount of vitamin C into your diet is an important part of defending your body and its cells from free radicals and staying healthy. Pineapples also contain carotenoids like beta-carotene for skin cell protection and significance amounts of the mineral copper for promoting elasticity in your skin.
4. Colds and Coughs
The combination of very high levels of vitamin C with anti-inflammatory bromelain makes pineapples a particularly effective treatment for coughs, colds and other respiratory problems.
While the positive benefits of vitamin C in reducing the severity and duration of colds and flu are well known, bromelain also has a role in reducing respiratory problems.
With so many health benefits, a slice of pineapple looks like a much better option than a glass of commercial orange juice if you’re trying to recover from a cold.
5. Strengthening Bones
Aside from the good levels of copper already mentioned, pineapples are extremely high in the mineral manganese, with around three quarters of the recommended daily intake of this valuable trace mineral per cup.
Manganese is needed by your body to build healthy bones and support connective tissue. It is particularly vital for growing children and teenagers and the elderly, whose bones are likely to be weakening as they get older.
6. Energy and Stress Reduction
The rich manganese content of pineapple is also of benefit for energy production. The trace mineral is an important cofactor needed for the creation of enzymes used in the production of energy within your body.
Pineapples health credentials also extend to stress reduction as they contain good levels of B vitamins, so vital for proper brain function and increasing your ability to deal with stress effectively.
The fruit is especially high in vitamin B1 thiamine (also needed for energy production) and vitamin B6 pyridoxine, both at over 10% of the RDI per cup. Folate and pantothenic acid are also well represented at around the 7% RDI per cup and smaller amounts of niacin, biotin and choline are also available when you eat pineapples for preventing B vitamin deficiency.