Pineapple is an amazing fruit with a sweet taste. Its nutritional value can match the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Thorny on the outside, sweet from inside, pineapples are one fantastic fruit. Its sweet and sour taste makes it different from rest of fruits.
Pineapple actually is a combination of many individual berries that fuse together around a central core. Each pineapple scale is an individual berry. Pineapples are rich in antioxidants, fibre, vitamins A and C, thiamin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and folate. Moreover it is low in sodium and fat as well. Plus, being low in calories, pineapples sure are a dieter’s friend.
Now I am going to give you 10 more reasons to eat pineapple:
1. Better Digestion:
Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular and in keeping your intestines healthy. But unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapples are rich in Bromelain also, an enzyme that breaks down protein, and thus improves digestion.
2. Healthy Bones:
Pineapples are extremely high in copper and the mineral manganese, with around three quarters of the recommended daily intake of this valuable trace mineral per cup Manganese is necessary for building of healthy bones and also to support connective tissue in our body. It is specifically important for growing children and teenagers and the elderly, whose bones are likely to be weakening as they get older.
3. Immunity Booster:
Pineapples are packed with vitamin C, which is vital for proper functioning of immune system. It protects the body from viral infections and increases your resistance to colds, flu, ear infections and other infectious illnesses. Vitamin C also works as an antioxidant to protect the body’s cells from free radical damage. Accumulation of free radicals increases the plaque build-up to artery, leading to atherosclerosis, a leading cause of cardiovascular disease.
4. Common Cold Vaccination:
In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s Bromelain helps to reduce mucus in the throat and nose. So if your cold has kept you coughing, try some pineapple chunks. Those suffering from sinus should incorporate pineapple into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus long term.
5. Blood Clot Reduction:
Because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers and others at risk for blood clots.
6. Eye Health:
Pineapples can help reduce the risk of muscular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains.
7. All Round Skin Care:
From fighting acne to reducing wrinkle pineapple does it all. The high Vitamin C content of this fruit enables it to be used, internally as well as externally, as a cure for acne and other inflammatory skin condition. Bromelain, gives a boost to the collagen synthesis (formation of structural protein found in skin, generally used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments) in your body. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and flexible your skin will be. Plus, the additional nourishment comes from the presence of amino acids and Vitamin C, which helps in quick repair of the damaged cells and tissues. Applying fresh pineapple juice on your face,(excluding the eye region), for 10 minutes and then washing it off with tepid water, can do wonders to your skin
8. Prevents Hair Loss:
Vitamin C is an important element that aids in preventing hair loss. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps to prevent the free radical damages in our body. Pineapple is a excellent source of this water soluble vitamin. Eat them as wedges or just juice them fresh and drink it to reap the benefits of Vitamin C and prevent hair loss.
9. Supports Oral Health:
The vitamin C in pineapples helps to prevent the formation of plaque on the teeth and in turn reduces risk of gum diseases. Plus, the bromelain in pineapple works as a natural stain remover. Hence, it helps in whitening and brightening of your pearly whites.
10. Relieves Morning Sickness:
Eating pineapple early in the morning is a good and easy cure for nausea and vomiting caused by morning sickness. A folk remedy also advises to drink pineapple juice to alleviate morning sickness. The nausea-relieving effect of pineapple is mainly due to its high vitamin and mineral content, especially vitamin B6 that helps in relieving pregnancy-induced nausea.
I’d recommend everyone to eat more of this fruit regularly though and enjoy sweet and delicious pineapples guilt free, knowing just how good they are for you in so many different ways. If you have a juicer, freshly made pineapple juice is another great way to enjoy it. And don’t forget to share your experiences and queries below here..!!
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