Top 15 Uses and Health Benefits of Pineapple

Pineapple on Pizza?

This may be a subject of a hot longstanding discussion but what can’t be a part of the argument is the incredible taste and miraculous health properties of this fleshy tropical fruit. Pineapple or (Ananas comosus) was first originated in South America by early Europeans, who considering its resemblance to pine cone named it Pineapple. Interesting ain’t it? Pineapple has been around for centuries and is found across the globe all the year. Which in terms of pineapple cultivation amounts to the total area of 909.84 thousand ha and production around 19412.91 thousand tons(source agriexchange India). Pineapple is quite popular in all the regions because of many factors first obviously being its wide availability but the other most important factors which make it popular are its enrichment in nutrients, linkage to helpful compounds and presence of high amount of vitamin C and antioxidants.

                                                                        

Here we are enlisting top 15 such uses and health benefits of pineapple:

15. Eases the digestion process

The presence of bromelain which is a digestive enzyme makes pineapple an excellent digestive supplement. Bromelain is widely used in the meat industry to tenderize the meat as it can easily break down the hard meat protein. Same happens with food in our bodies, it breaks the protein molecules making them easy for absorption across the small intestine. Also, the rich fiber content in pineapple helps in the release of digestive juices which thus promotes dissolving of food and relief in conditions like constipation, gut inflammation, and IBS.

14. Helps in shedding the belly fat

Pineapple is a good snacking option for you if you are trying to shed kilos. It is also full of various nutrients which makes it very healthy. The bromelain present in pineapple helps in boosting metabolism which makes digestion very easy and good digestion equalizes to fast fat loss. The vitamin C and manganese together make it a very good source of fiber. Fibers give a satiety value which means it will keep you full for a longer time preventing you from unnecessary binging on rather unhealthy stuff. Pineapple can be taken in the form of chunks, juice or can be added to salads. It will also satisfy the sugar tooth as it contains natural sugars. It is also a very fun and healthy snacking option for kids which they sure enjoy.

13. Protection against muscular degeneration

Pineapple can significantly reduce the risk of muscular degeneration as it contains a considerable amount of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Muscular degeneration is a disorder which primarily affects the eyesight. Popular researches have shown that including three servings of pineapple in your daily meals can significantly help with improving the vision. Pineapple is also a good source of beta-carotene which is very essential for eye health. Vitamin C, antioxidants and other minerals prevent the cell damage thus reducing the risk altogether.

12. Fights and Prevent Cancer

This antioxidants rich fruit helps in fighting cancer as it has more than 130% of vitamin C in comparison to the daily requirements. Vitamin C helps in the protection of the immune system as it combats the formation of free radicals which lead to the development of cancer.

11. Prevents respiratory illness

The mixture of enzymes called bromelain has strong anti-inflammatory properties which prominently helps with respiratory problems and even asthma. The mucolytic properties of pineapple eliminate phlegm and mucus from the body if it has already been produced. One traditional cough remedy suggests having pineapple by blending in pineapple juice with honey, salt, ginger, and pepper. The other benefits for your respiratory health can be because of its anti-inflammatory properties which can help with treating pain and swelling of the throat.

10. Improves heart health

Potassium present in this fruit has vasodilating properties which reduce the formation of blood clots which cause blockage of blood flow thus preventing conditions like heart attacks, strokes, and atherosclerosis.

9. Speeds up the healing process

This is due to the enormous presence of Vitamin C in pineapple which speeds up the healing of wounds. Vitamin C is responsible for the creation of collagen. Collagen is the main structural protein base of blood vessel walls, connective tissues, and bones and it is also an essential amino acid with will benefit your body in many other ways.

8. Regulates Blood Pressure

Pineapples aren’t only rich in antioxidants but also potassium and increasing the intake of potassium can significantly help with lowering the high blood pressure. It can also reduce the risk of other deadly diseases.

7. Energy Production

Pineapple houses in it a great amount of mineral manganese which is actually an essential compound in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defense. It fights off the free radicals within the mitochondria which is a powerhouse of the cell.  One cup of pineapple supplies up to 128.0% of DV of this significant mineral.

6. Controls Diabetes

Pineapple can be a really good fruit for diabetic patients if taken in a limited use as there is a certain amount of sugar in it. It aids in lowering high blood glucose level for patients with type 1 diabetes.

5. Hype up your skincare regime

If you really need to stand out from the crowd with your skin improvised then you would really need to get over the crowd mentality of overlooking the many benefits pineapple has for your skin. It is a rich source of alpha-hydroxy acid or (AHAs). Alpha-hydroxy acid is used in the beauty industry as they are the natural plant-based exfoliators. Which then helps in removing dead skin cells thus making way for new skin cell generation. When dead skin cells get removed, the new brighter and radiant skin gets revealed leaving you with glowing and healthy effects. Including pineapple, its juice or products based on pineapple extracts can really help you in upgrading your skincare game. It also contains citric acid which removes any sort of pigmentation and tones the skin.

The skin elasticity tends to lose when we age leading to a dull, rough and sagging skin. AHAs thus help in removing old collagen fibers and promoting the new production to keep skin plump and smooth.

4. Fights Acne

Bromelain has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the acne and dries up the acne. Just take a few spoons of pineapple juice and apply it over the acne with a cotton pad for a few minutes probably (8-10) and then wash it off. Never leave pineapple for too long on your skin as it may lead to burning sensations or even burning of skin due to the high amount of enzymes present in it.

3. Get rid of toxins

The high fiber content in pineapple keeps the digestive tract and kidney on track. It leads to the formation of stools and maintains the kidneys health.

2. Improves Gum Health

When you bite on fresh pineapple or even take in the form of juice you are introducing them to the astringent properties present in pineapple which strengthens the gums. And strong gums always translate into healthier and stronger teeth.

1. Cures Infertility

Rich antioxidant fruits have been preferred over centuries for those who are trying to conceive as they can scavenge the free radicals which can attack and harm both male and female reproductive systems.

Looking at all these facts I have clearly understood by now why exactly has this fruit been crowned by nature. There are an umpteenth amount of benefits this delicious tropical fruit has. And the good thing is it’s widely available, comes in every season and isn’t also very expensive. It leaves no scope to not include it in one’s diet *unless one is are allergic to it*.

So, while I sit back and sip on my pineapple juice comment down below and tell me DO YOU LIKE PINEAPPLE ON YOUR PIZZA?

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