Pineapple – is a sweet, nutritious fruit that can help you meet the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Spiny on the outside, sweet on the inside, pineapples are one fantastic fruit. Its sweet and sour taste makes it different from rest of fruits.
The fruit is actually made of many individual berries that fuse together around a central core. Each pineapple scale is an individual berry. The fruit is loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins A and C, thiamin, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese and folate. Additional benefits are that it is low in sodium and fat. Plus, being low in calories, pineapples sure are a dieter’s friend.
Now I am going to give you 9 more reasons to eat pineapple:
- 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, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, thus helping digestion.
- 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 needed by your body to build healthy bones and support connective tissue. It is particularly vital for growing children and teenagers and the elderly, whose bones are likely to be weakening as they get older.
- Immunity Booster:
Pineapples are packed with vitamin C, which is vital for proper functioning of immune system. It protects the body from viruses and increases your resistance to colds, the 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 contributes to artery plaque buildup leading to atherosclerosis, a leading cause of cardiovascular disease.
- Common Cold Vaccination:
In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain helps reduce mucus in the throat and nose. So if your cold has you coughing, try some pineapple chunks. Those suffering from sinus should incorporate pineapple into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus long term.
- 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.
- Eye Health:
Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular 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.
- All Round Skin Care:
From fighting acne to reducing wrinkle pineapple does it all. The presence of Vitamin C enables this fruit to be used, internally as well as externally, as a cure for acne and other inflammatory skin condition. Bromelain, the anti-inflammatory enzyme in this fruit, and boosts up the healing power of Vitamin C. Plus it gives the collagen synthesis in your body a boost. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and flexible your skin will be. Plus, the added nourishment comes from the presence of amino acids and Vitamin C, which ensures that the damaged cells and tissues are repaired quickly. Apply freshly prepared pineapple juice on the face, leaving aside the eye region. Wash off using tepid water after 10 minutes.
- Prevents Hair Loss:
Vitamin C is an important element that aids in preventing hair loss. It is a powerful antioxidant that combats the free radical damages. Pineapple is a rich 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.
- Supports Oral Health:
The high vitamin C content in pineapples helps 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 whiten and brighten your pearly whites.
- Relieves Morning Sickness:
Eating pineapple early in the morning can help reduce nausea and vomiting caused by morning sickness. A folk remedy also suggests drinking pineapple juice to alleviate morning sickness. The nausea-relieving effect can be attributed to its high vitamin and mineral content, especially vitamin B6 that helps relieve pregnancy-induced nausea.
I’d encourage anyone to eat more of the fresh 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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