Amazing medicinal values of pineapple

Pineapple is a fruit originally from Hawai, Central America and Latin America. It contains many invaluable nutrients, minerals, vittamins and enzymes. This article discusses ten benefits of pineapples. Read these benefits, but also note the caution.

Pineapple is a tropical fruit with unique taste. At the outset it must be mentioned that pineapple is not originally an Indian fruit. Pineapple is originally from Hawai and from other Latin American and Central American countries. Pineapple came to Europe with Christopher Columbus and then from Europe it came to Asia including India. In Asian continent, pineapple is best produced in Philippines. However pineapple grows in various parts of our country also. Tripura ranks number one in production of best quality pineapples. Pineapple is used in various ways including pineapple juice, pineapple jam and also in alcoholic drinks. In this article we will discuss the amazing medicinal values of pineapple.

Nutritional value of pineapple

Pineapple can be termed as 'wonder fruit'. It is a storehouse of various nutrients including minerals like potassium, copper, manganese, calcium and magnesium. Pineapple also contains vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate, soluble and insoluble fibre and bromelain.

Pineapple improves immune system

Pineapple is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is associated with reducing illness and boosting immune system of the body. It also prepares body against harmful effects of free radicals. So, pineapple improves immune system and also reduces the chances of cancer.

It is used in arthritis

Pineapple is used to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles caused by arthritis. Pineapple contains a rare enzyme called bromelain, which helps in breaking down complex protein and has serious anti-inflammatory effect. So, people suffering from arthritis must take pineapple regularly.

Pineapple improves cellular and tissue health

Vitamin C in pineapple helps in creating collagen which is essential protein base of blood vessel walls, skin, organs and bones. As pineapple contains high level of vitamin C, it helps in healing wounds and injuries quickly.

It helps in prevention of cancer

Not only vitamin C, pineapples are also rich in various other anti-oxidants, vitamin-A, beta-carotene, various flavonoid compounds and manganese. These help in interlinking radical free elements which are responsible for different cancers. Pineapple can direectly help to prevent cancers of mouth, throat and breast.

It helps in digestion

As pineapple is a very rich source of fibre (both soluble and insoluble), it helps in controlling constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowels syndrome and other digestive complications. People having digestive problems must include pineapple in their diet.

Cough and cold:

As pineapple has high vitamin cCcontent, it is very effective in preventing cough and cold.

Pineapple improves bone health

Pineapple also contains high level of calcium and manganese, so it helps to improve bone health. Aged people suffering from week bones must take pineapple regularly.

Pineapple improves oral health

Pineapple is very rich source of vitamin c and it is a very powerful astringent. So, it is a natural remedy to fix loosening of teeth or retraction of the gums.

Pineapple helps improve eye health

Pineapple contains vitamin A, which is beneficial for good vision. In addition, pineapple contains beta carotene which slows down macular degeneration defect in elderly people.

Pineapple controls blood pressure and improves blood circulation

Pineapple contains many minerals including potassium. Potassium helps in controlling blood pressure by controlling the level of sodium in blood. So, pineapple helps in controlling high blood pressure. As a result, it prevents conditions like heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, pineapple also contains copper which is essential for enzymatic reactions and formation of healthy red blood cells. So, pineapple is also very beneficial for improving blood circulation.

Conclusion with few words of caution

We have just now discussed ten wonderful benefits of pineapple. However, a word of caution is also necessary. As we have already stated that pineapple contains bromelain, which is an enzyme helpful in the digestion of tough foods. However, this enzyme may cause softening of lips, gums and tongues, if pineapples are consumed in excess. Moreover, bromelain stimulates menstruation in women. Pregnant women are advised to avoid pineapple during pregnancy, because high level of bromelain can cause miscarriage. However, normally people must include this extremely beneficial fruit in their diet.

Article by Partha K.
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Author: K Mohan01 Apr 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 2

I do agree that no one can reject the taste of ever preferred pineapple juice when offered and even when eaten raw, the fruit gives good taste to the taste buds. But instead of eating raw fruit, I prefer going for juice which is good in taste. Come summer and there is much demand for this fruit juice and we do consume it irrespective of knowing its great medicinal values.

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