Juicy and sweet: Surprising Benefits of Pineapple

Image via Pixabay
  • Pineapples contain bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, that makes them known as a primary digestive aid 
  • The juicy fruit have many health benefits to offer
  • It is also easy to grow because you can plant it after you cut the top.

Some people have acid reflux, and I am one of them. I thought anything sour would cause more reflux attacks so I started snubbing pineapples although it used to be one of my fave fruits since my  childhood years.

When family and friends have cravings for those sweet juicy pineapples, I can’t stop looking at them and I then realize how much I’ve missed the fruit.

Image via Pixabay

I was just too scared to experience another reflux attack. Little did I know that those mouth-watering goodness are actually what I need as these are known to aid erratic digestion! Why didn’t someone tell me about it sooner? Arghhhh

Turns out pineapples contain bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, that makes pineapples become known as a primary digestive aid.  Consuming a  slice of pineapple after meals will reduce gas, bloating, nausea, constipation and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

This enzyme helps with the digestive system to break down food and clean the blood by removing debris and toxins from the blood stream. Eating pineapple fruit has been known to reduce “ulcerative colitis”, a form of inflammatory bowel disease characterized  by ulcers or open sores in the colon and constant diarrhea mixed with blood.

Bromelain is extracted from the pineapple’s core. Though most pineapple cores are inedible, you can find some that are soft enough to eat. It can be turned into supplement tablets  and is popular among athletes.

Aside from the bromelain that pineapples contain, here are more benefits which we get from eating pineapples:

  • Consuming pineapples reduce the swelling associated with inflammatory conditions like gout, arthritis, sore throat and acute sinusitis. It is also helpful in tissue repair associated with general surgeries and helps speed up recovery after external injuries and swelling.
  • Pineapples can reduce blood clotting and aid in removing plaque from the arterial walls. It also enhances blood circulation; thus making pineapple and its juice recommended for frequent travelers who are at risk for blood clots.
  • Fresh pineapple juice also helps in removing intestinal worms.
  • Pineapples have the ability to reduce mucus in the throat. It is particularly helpful in curing colds with a productive cough.
  • Pineapples can cure infections and bronchitis.
Image via Pixabay
  • The fruit is very helpful to people who have anemia and arteriosclerosis.
  • Pineapples aid in building healthy bone because it is high in manganese; a mineral that is critical to the development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is both helpful to young people – who need to develop bone strength –  and to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.
  • Pineapples are rich in Vitamin C which does a lot of things in the body. Aside from keeping common colds away, it helps in our oral health; preventing periodontal diseases and gingivitis.
  • It also helps in the formation of collagen that helps us grow new skin and blood vessels.

Pineapples can be sour and can be sweet, but most people prefer them sweet. You can tell whether the fruit will be sour or sweet by simply smelling it. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit. The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste. It is also easy to grow because you can plant it after you cut the top. It should grow much like a sweet potato will.

Now there’s no reason not to enjoy a slice every now and then!