Pineapples are a juicy tropical fruit with a regal crown that are appreciated not just for their distinctive sweet and tart taste but for their immense health benefits as well. 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. Enjoy this savory fruit raw, grilled or sautéed. You can add it to fruit salad, fruit kabobs, stir fry, salsa and Hawaiian pizza, or simply enjoy it as a fruit snack. You can also have fresh pineapple juice or make yummy pineapple popsicles.
Since they contain fiber, it helps with regulating bowel movements by adding bulk to the diet for smooth passage through the gastro intestinal tract. Hence, it also assists the weight loss process by sending signals to the brain that the stomach is full.
Anti oxidants, vitamins and minerals in pineapple like vitamin C, beta carotene and copper help in increasing both female and male fertility.
It can help to a great extent when it comes to respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, dry cough etc. as it helps relieve congestion in the airways and release phlegm.
Vitamin C and tryptophan in pineapples are also associated with being calm and happy. It reduces stress and fights depression improving the overall mood.
It is a rich source of vitamin C which helps cure common ailments like cold and cough/ flu. It also keeps immunity levels high to prepare the body against any viral attack.
In 2007, a groundbreaking article in the Plant Medical Journal revealed that pineapple’s bromelain was found to be far more effective than the traditional chemo-agent used in the treatment of cancer. In tests treating cancer in animals, bromelain was found to be more effective than 5-fluoracil (5-FU) when compared to an untreated control group. 5-FU has been used in the treatment of cancer for over 40 years, but it kills or irreversibly damages healthy cells and tissue as well. Bromelain was not only found to be more effective but was also many times safer than 5-FU. Natural compounds, such as bromelain, have selective cytotoxity and they are able to kill cancerous cells in a self-disassembly process called apoptosis, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.