Who doesn’t enjoy the sweetness of pineapples? It’s no wonder they are one of America’s favourite fruits. Not only are they incredibly flavorful, pineapples offer several health benefits.
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice and is sometimes used for medicine. It produces substances in the body allowing it to ward off pain and inflammation. Bromelain is used for a variety reasons, such as reducing swelling, treating hay fever, relaxing muscles, removing fat and even preventing cancer.
Vitamin C provides us with antioxidant protection and supports our immune system. Citrus fruits, including pineapple, are super high in this vitamin. That’s why we’re always advised to consume citrus fruits in the midst of a cold or flu.
Manganese is an essential nutrient used to process carbohydrates, cholesterol and protein. Pineapples are a great source of this mineral. Manganese is also an important element needed for energy production and antioxidant defenses.
At about 95 UI per cup of chopped raw chunks, you can enjoy your pineapple bits knowing Vitamin A helps with vision, maintaining healthy skin and reducing mucus.
Low in calories:
A fresh pineapple contains next to zero calories.
With the amount of health benefits loaded into this one fruit, you can say goodbye to drug remedies and save some dollars while you’re at it. Whether you want to toss them in a fruit salad, add them to a sauce or eat them on their own, pineapples are a great source of vitamins and nutrients. It’s a fruit that’s sure to leave you feeling better than before.
Like all fruit, you don’t only have to EAT pineapples, you can juice them. Take not of this recipe for your next cough:
Pineapple Cough Suppressant Recipe
– 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice
– 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
– 1 piece of ginger (about 3 inches)
– 1 Tbsp raw honey
– 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients and take 1/4 cup, 2-3 x/day and repeat recipe daily.
When choosing a pineapple, look for ones that are heavier in size, free of spots and bruises, and are sweet smelling at the stem end. Pineapples perish quite quickly, so they should be consumed within two days of purchase.