Pineapple is a tropical plant packed with vitamin B1, C, and smaller amounts of B2, B3, B5, and B6. Fresh pineapple contains 50 calories per 100 grams, which amounts to only 83 calories per cup (165 grams).
It consists of water (86%) and carbs (13%), with almost no protein or fat. It also has amounts of copper, magnesium, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, folic acid, and beta-carotene. But, the most remarkable property of pineapple is its bromelain content, an enzyme which provides a wide plethora of health benefits.
When once is harvested, this exotic plant brought to Europe from South America in the times of Christopher Columbus, doesn’t ripen much more, meaning that it must be harvested when ripe and distributed to the consumer very fast. This is the reason why pineapples are typically found in canned form which has longer shelf life.
- Inflammatory Conditions
Pineapple juice possesses potent anti-inflammatory properties which bring relief from gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, surgeries, injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome.
High vitamin C content is an important nutrient for keeping the arteries free from damaging oxidants, and preventing the arteries from hardening.
- Blood Clotting
The pineapple’s core and stems prevent blood clotting in the most natural way possible.
- Bone Health
Pineapple contains minerals which promote bone health by strengthening both connective tissues and the bones themselves.
The protein-digesting enzymes in the pineapple juice will do the extra work of digesting for you, so after a heavy meaty meal drink it.
- Respiratory Conditions
Pineapple’s bromelain content dissolves excessive mucus much faster when compared to over-the-counter cough syrups. So, this fruit is beneficial for people suffering from sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, and asthma.
- Sore Throat
Pineapple juice helps reduce both soreness and redness in the throat.
- Vision Health
The high content of beta carotene found in pineapples makes them a potent preventative measure against vision-related issues.
How to keep a pineapple whole week in the refrigerator? A couple of hours prior to eating the fruit remove the crown and turn it upside down. Leave it in the fridge like this so that the bottom distributes throughout the entire pineapple fruit. Keep it in an airtight container and soak it in its juice to retain its juiciness.
PINEAPPLE COUGH SUPPRESSANT RECIPE
- A cup of fresh pineapple juice
- ¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 piece of ginger
Just mix all the ingredients and drink ¼ a cup, two to three times a day.
Note: Diabetics and those with low blood sugar level shouldn’t consume pineapple due to its sweet taste.