Pineapple is a tropical fruit which is a conglomeration of berries around a central core. It is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and fibre. Even though pineapple tends to be really sweet, it is really low in calories. This low sodium, fat-free and cholesterol-free sugary treat may even be referred to as a super-food based on its health benefits. However, this is only true for fresh pineapple and not the ones canned in sugar syrup. In case fresh pineapple is unavailable, opt for a healthier canned version—one that contains no or little added sugar.
Health benefits of pineapple
Manganese is essential for the growth of our bones and connective tissues. Pineapples contain a high amount of manganese. A diet comprising of fresh pineapples will not only strengthen our bones, it will also reduce bone decay, and prevent osteoporosis.
Pineapple is delicious and juicy fruit with rich source of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The manganese helps the body fight the oxidants, while Vitamin B increases the production of energy, and Vitamin C, being an anti-oxidant, prevents and repairs the damaged cells. Together they boost the immunity system, thereby allowing our body to fight not only against external pathogens, but also reduce the chances of contracting diseases which are caused by regular of wear and tear of cells.
Sore throat and sinus
Pineapples belong to the bromeliad family, a family of plants which contain bromelain. This bromelain reduces the amount of mucus in the respiratory system, especially in the nose and throat. It also contains Vitamin C, the immunity booster. Therefore, if you are suffering from cold having a few chunks of pineapple may ease your cold. It is also quite effective against of sinus mucus.
By reducing cell degeneration and, by extension, the macular degeneration pineapple also improves eye health. While a loss of eye sight may plague you with age, you can at least slow down the process by eating fresh pineapple occasionally.
The bromelain in pineapple also has other health benefits. It is anti-inflammatory which prevents the growth of cancerous cells, while its anti-oxidising properties prevent cell degeneration.
Anti-oxidants fight the oxidising free radicals which cause cell damage. Pineapple is rich in anti-oxidants. An occasional dose of pineapple will reduce the amount of cell damage caused by regular wear and tear with time and age. As a result, the chance of contracting heart diseases is reduced considerably. At the same time, the bromelain present in pineapple prevents fatal blood clots. It has zero cholesterol which makes it a perfect, heart-healthy snack.
Kidney plays a crucial role in purifying the waste products from our blood. Potassium is essential for maintaining a healthy kidney. Pineapples contain a high amount of potassium. It is also a natural diuretic.
Post-menopausal women are prone to osteoporosis and other bone related problems. Pineapple increases bone strength and improves overall bone health. It is, therefore, really good for women. Pineapple contains bromelain which is an analgesic, it, therefore, also eases menstrual cramps. Being anti-inflammatory, it is also good at reducing arthritis pain.
Beauty benefits of pineapple
Pineapple is a fibrous fruit. Being a rich source of fibre, it keeps our digestive system free from glitches and increases the metabolism of the body. It has zero cholesterol and low sodium which makes it a perfect weight-loss snack.
Pineapple prevents cell degeneration. It also is a rich source of Vitamin C and potassium, two very potent anti-oxidants, which fight the free radicals which cause wrinkles, dark circles and dark spots. It keeps every skin type healthy, glowing and supple, and reduces aging and wrinkles. While drinking pineapple juice or consuming chunks of pineapple is beneficial for skin; you can also use the pineapple juice as a toner. Apply pineapple juice on your face, rinse once it’s dry.
Pineapple provides a rich dose of vitamins and minerals, both of which are good for the health of our skin.
Acne can be quite a nuisance. They happen because the follicles present in our skin get clogged due to oil and dirt which causes bacteria build-up. Gently exfoliating your skin with pineapple pulp will unclog the pores and dry out the pimples. The Vitamin C and potassium will add a natural glow to the skin.
By improving the overall skin health, pineapple also makes our scalp healthy. This reduces hair fall considerably.