Pineapples are very popular tropical fruits grown in many tropical and subtropical countries. Its botanical name is “Ananas comosus” and it can weigh up to 8 pounds.
Nutritional Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapples are rich in vitamin C, manganese, copper, potassium and the B vitamins. They are also rich in the plant compound bromelain, a protein digesting enzyme.
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Pineapples have a sweet taste. It is great eaten by itself and can also be used for numerous recipes.
Did you know that pineapples have amazing benefits? Most of the benefits of pineapple are attributed to bromelain, the protein digesting enzyme it contains.
1) Boost immune function and decrease inflammation
Boosting your immune function and decreasing inflammation is one of the amazing benefits of pineapple. The immune system helps to protect your body from diseases or any other possible dangerous foreign matter.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism in 2014 showed that the consumption of canned pineapple decreased the incidence of viral and bacterial infections in school children and increased the production of white blood cells (1).
Another study published in the In Vivo Journal in 2005 showed a reduction of symptoms in children diagnosed with acute sinusitis, after being treated with the proteolytic pineapple enzyme Bromelain-POS (2).
2) Boost digestive health
Boosting your digestive health is one of the amazing benefits of pineapple. Pineapples are rich in bromelain, which helps digest protein. Numerous bacteria resides in your digestive tract: these beneficial bacteria easily digest the pineapple and cause minimum gas and bloating.
A study published in 2008 in the Clinical Immunology Journal reported that oral bromelain decreased inflammation in ulcerative colitis (UC) (3).
3) Boost wound healing
Boosting wound healing is one of the amazing benefits of pineapple. Your body has the ability to restore itself after an injury, but this process may be broken up by disease like diabetes. A study published in 2012 in the Burns Journal found that a bromelain-based lotion hastened the recovery of skin burns and reduced inflammation (4).
4) Support cardiovascular health
Supporting cardiovascular health is one of the benefits of pineapple. Pineapples contain small amount of anthocyanins, a strong antioxidant. A study published in 2011 in the Advances in Nutrition Journal suggested that the increased consumption of anthocyanins reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (5).
Pineapple is an excellent addition to your diet. For most individuals, the consumption of pineapple doesn’t cause any problems, but in some people it may cause allergic reactions, with symptoms like: mouth irritation, runny nose, itching and much more.
Pineapples may have a blood thinning effect: a study published in Medical Hypotheses Journal suggested that pineapples stop the accumulation of blood platelets, so they may possibly affect some medications, owing to their blood thinning effects (6).
So, if you are taking any blood thinning medication, it is advisable for you to consult your GP (doctor), before including pineapple or bromelain supplements into your every day dietary plan.
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1. Cervo M M, Llido L O, Barrios E B, Panlasiqui L N (2014) Effects of canned pineapple consumption on nutritional status, immunomodulation, and physical health of selected school children. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism, doi: 10.1155/2014/861659. Epub 2014 Nov 20.
2. Braun J M, Schneider B, Beuth H J (2005) Therapeutic use, efficiency and safety of the proteolytic pineapple enzyme Bromelain-POS in children with acute sinusitis in Germany. In Vivo, 19: 417-421.
3. Onken J E, Greer P K, Calingaert B, Hale L P (2008) Bromelain Treatment Decreases Secretion of Pro-inflammatory Cytokines and Chemokines by Colon Biopsies In Vitro. Clinical Immunology, 126: 345-352.
4. Rosenberg L, Krieger, Silberstein E, Arnon O, Sinelnikov I A, Bogdanov-Berezosky A, Singer A J (2012) Selectivity of a bromelain based enzymatic debridement agent: a porcine study. Burns, 38: 1035-1040.
5. Wallace T C (2011) Anthocyanins In Cardiovascular Disease. Advances In Nutrition, 2: 1-7.
6. Taussig S J (1980) The mechanism of the physiological action of bromelain. Medical Hypotheses, 6:99-104.