Pineapple is one of the most delicious tropical fruits that you can have, which is packed with tons of health benefits.
In 1493 the first pineapple was introduced to humans outside of the New World by Columbus who discovered pineapple on the leeward island of Guadeloupe. He called it piña de Indes, which means “pine of the Indians’ and brought it with him back to Spain. The Spanish introduced to the Philippines. The Philippines remains to be one of the top pineapple exporters in the world.
Isn’t that great that we have been privileged to be introduced to this amazing fruit?
Bromelain in pineapple is key to our health benefits. It is a mixture of enzymes found in the pineapple fruit or stem of the pineapple plant. In fact, pineapple’s medicinal properties had been recognised since ancient times and had been used in traditional medicinal treatments since then.
Nowadays, Bromelain is used for conventional medicine. According to Bromelain (pharmacology), the medication is approved for burns of degrees IIb.(severe burn wounds). According to source from Wikipedia: when medicine was applied on burnt wounds in the form of a gel, it showed significant reductions for the necessity of surgical debridement (15% vs. 63% under standard treatment) as well as skin transplants (18% vs. 34%)
What are the top 5 benefits of eating pineapple?
Helps with Digestion
Bromelain, enzymes from pineapple acts as an effective digestive aid in digesting and breakdown proteins. This helps easily absorb nutrients across the small intestine. This is particularly helpful for people who’s pancreas can’t make enough digestive enzyme and need some help. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6912244 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19152478
Bromelain also aids in relieving upset stomachs and ease the symptoms of stomach disorder.
Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple is a rich source of fibre, soluble and insoluble. Eating it regularly helps the stimulation of the digestive tract. It is great for gut bacteria and overall is helpful for optimal digestive health.
Precaution: While pineapple is beneficial for your digestive tract, it may cause irritation or gastrointestinal distress if consuming in large quantities.
Due to its inflammation-reducing properties, eating pineapple may help to treat inflammatory bowel disorders that include swelling and ulcers.
Because pineapple is rich in Bromelain, a mixture of enzymes that blocks the production of the inflammatory kinins. According to science direct: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/pineapple
Based on the National Institutes of Health https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18482869 Bromelain demonstrated that it can effectively decrease neutrophil migration to sites of acute inflammation.
Helps with Fertility
Pineapple is high in antioxidants. It contains a significant amount of vitamin C, and beta-carotene that fights cell damage. It also contains minerals such as zinc, copper and folate. Antioxidant-rich diets like pineapple and with their special properties have been shown to improve fertility.
The reproductive system can be damaged due to lack of consumption of antioxidants. Include pineapple in your diet especially if you are trying to conceive.
Excellent Source of Manganese
Manganese is an essential nutrient as it protects our cells from free radicals that cause damage to our cells and fights against the ageing process and disease. Manganese is vital for energy production within our cells and antioxidant defences.
When you feel exhausted you can boost your energy by eating pineapple.
Cancer Cells Suppressor
Many studies have shown that cancer risk reduces if you eat pineapple regularly. This is because Bromelain may minimise oxidative stress and reduce inflammation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24123777 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19700238
Based on research, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07357907.2013.784777?journalCode=icnv20 it’s believed that Bromelain may act as an effective cancer-fighting agent. Especially if it has been used in conjunction with chemotherapy to suppress the cancer cells growth.
The studies show the effect Bromelain on cancer cells, for instance, test-tube study show with increasing concentrations of Bromelain induces cancer cell death https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22191568
A similar anti-tumour effect of Bromelain was shown on cancer cells of the gastric system, skin and colon. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19339108 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26935541 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23620673
Pineapple is a versatile and super healthy fruit. You can enjoy this fruit in many forms as fresh, frozen, dried, canned, in juices and smoothies as well as in cooked food and many other drinks. It doesn’t matter how you prefer to eat it as long as you include this health benefit loaded fruit in your diet regularly in order to stay healthy and happy.