Do look for a delicious, juicy fruit that is filled with health benefits and low in calories? Pineapple exactly fits the description with its great taste and richness in various vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. Apart from preventing a lot of disease, pineapple has a wonderful healing power because of its high supply of bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme.
Pineapple is available throughout the year, but if you are looking for fresh ripe pineapples, the best season would be from March to July. Riper pineapples would be heavier and have darker green leaves than the less ripe ones. If you have your ripe pineapple ready, it is time to get to know its spectacular health benefits!
9. Prevents Asthma
Asthma is aggravated by several factors that cause inflammation such as pollution, stress, poor nutrition and antibiotic abuse. Pineapple prevents asthma by detoxifying the body from the effects of these factors and by providing the body with beta-carotene which inhibits the development of asthma.
8. Improves Digestion
The availability of bromelain enzyme in pineapple makes it very helpful in the digestion of proteins into peptides and amino acids. This property also decreases autoimmune reactions to food allergens such as the protein gluten that is found in barley, wheat and rye. Eating pineapple also relieves symptoms of acid reflux and ulcerative colitis.
7. Increases Fertility
Pineapples are loaded with antioxidants that eliminate the free radicals which affect both male and female reproductive systems. Antioxidants available in pineapple such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and copper improve the blood flow to genital organs and help in the development of healthy tissues over there, thus enhancing sperm count and making a better chance for a couple to conceive.
6. Boosts the Immune System
The immune system needs a sufficient supply of vitamin C to work with full power. A portion of pineapple provides the body with 131% of the required daily value so it is more than enough to boost the immune system. The rich amounts of vitamin C make pineapple perfect for reducing symptoms of flu, colds and coughs.
5. Reduces Swelling and Inflammation
The bromelain which is found in pineapple is used before surgical operations to reduce the resultant inflammation and swelling thus speeding up the healing process because it blocks metabolites which cause swelling. Pineapples ability to reduce inflammation and swelling makes it helpful in conditions or arthritis, joint pain and inflammation of the colon.
4. Rich in Fiber
Fiber has amazing health benefits such as lowering blood glucose levels and improving levels of insulin and lipids in the blood. Fiber is also known to aid the digestive tract and prevent constipation. Pineapple is rich in fiber so eating it gives you all the benefits of fiber.
3. Improves Mental Health
Pineapple contains good amounts of an amino acid called tryptophan and other nutrients like vitamin B which trigger the production of serotonin, a hormone that causes happiness. Therefore, eating pineapple improves your mood and decreases your chances of suffering from anxiety and depression.
2. Fights Cancer
Drugs used in chemotherapy such as 5-fluoracil (5-FU) do not only target cancer cells but they also damage healthy cells. The bromelain found in pineapple fights cancer cells like 5-FU but it does not have the side effect which damages healthy cells along with the cancerous ones. That is because bromelain has a property called cytotoxity which makes it target only specific cells without harming others.
1. Prevents Cardiovascular Disease
Pineapple improves cardiovascular health from several aspects. First of all, it is rich in potassium which lowers blood pressure and reduces risk of stroke. Pineapple bromelain also prevents blood clotting in vessels and so reduces the risk of heart attack.