Pineapple is a very popular tropical fruit which not only tastes delicious but also comes with an array of health benefits. Mommy says the health and medicinal benefits of the fruit includes boosting our respiratory health, immunity, strengthening bones and aiding digestion. Pineapple also accelerates weight loss, reduces inflammation and cures colds and coughs. Mamma prepares yummy pancakes, desserts, ice cream, cookies, cupcakes with pineapples. I am also fond of eating fresh pineapple salads. Pineapple juice or smoothie is rich in anti-oxidant and is popular all around the world.
Taste and Appearance
The fruit remains surrounded by thorny spikes and topped with hard and waxy leaves. It has a combination of tart and sweet taste. The structure and appearance of the fruit bear resemblances with pine cones hence the name pineapple has evolved.
Pineapples are a storehouse of several nutrients such as protein, carbohydrate, soluble and insoluble dietary fibers, vitamins, minerals. They are low in calories, therefore, can play a major role for those willing to lose weight.
Strengthens Immune System
Pineapples contain Vitamin C. Consumption of pineapples boosts our immunity by stimulating the white blood cells. So, it reduces the chances of falling sick easily. It acts as an antioxidant and protects against the harmful impacts of free radicals.
Reduces Inflammation of Muscles and Joints
For those who suffer from arthritis, eating pineapples can reduce the inflammation of muscles and joints. As pineapples contain bromelain, which is a rare proteolytic enzyme that helps in breaking down of complex protein and has anti-inflammatory effects.
Helps in Digestion
Consuming fresh pineapples prevents many health conditions such as diarrhea, constipation, irregular bowel movement, blood clotting as well as high blood pressure. They are rich in fiber which promotes the passage of food at a normal rate through the digestive tract. The bromelain in pineapple aids in protein digestion and treats various digestive issues.
Good for Bones
Manganese present in pineapple strengthens bones and helps in their growth and repair.
Pineapples contain Vitamin C which tones the skin, clears acne, delays aging by reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Vitamin C also helps in collagen formation which keeps the skin tissues healthy.
Eating pineapple can improve our vision and prevent other age-related eye problems. Beta-carotene in pineapple is good for eye health.
Controls Blood Pressure
Pineapple is a good source of potassium which increases blood circulation to various parts of the body, eases tension and stress in the blood vessels. As the blood vessels relax, the blood pressure is also reduced. Thus decreases the chances of suffering from hypertension.