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Health Benefits of Eating Pineapple

Health Benefits of Eating Pineapple: Pineapple is a tropical fruit which is extremely delicious and full of health benefits. Eating pineapple is a storehouse of several health benefits due to its wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, thiamin, vitamin B6, and foliate, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber, and bromelain.

Health Benefits of Eating Pineapple:

1. Skin benefits:

Pineapple is an elixir for our skin and helps in resolving many skin related problems. This fruit contains Vitamin ‘C’ which is good for treatment of acne. Pineapple can be consumed as well as externally applied to the skin to get rid of pimples.

It also contains bromelain that increases the healing power of the skin. Pineapple boosts collagen syntheses in your body.

This high level of collagen makes your skin firm and flexible. In addition to this presence of amino acids and vitamin C nourishes your skin and repairs damaged tissues and cells.

How to use:

• Take a one tablespoon of pineapple juice
• Apply on your face and leave it for 15 minutes
• Wash with lukewarm water
• In order to exfoliate your skin use wedges of pineapple crush them and apply them on skin remove after 10 mins. This will remove dead skin cell and increases blood circulation.

2. Hair benefits:

Eating pineapple also prevents hair loss. As mentioned earlier pineapple contains Vitamin C which is an important element that aids in preventing hair loss. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that helps you to get rid of free radicals that damages your tissues.

Applying crushed pineapple or pineapple juice to the scalp also reduces the itchiness of the scalp. Bromelain is an antioxidative enzyme present in pineapple has anti-inflammatory powers this helps in soothing itchiness of the scalp.

3. Treats Arthritis:

One of the most effective uses of pineapple is in treating arthritis. Pineapple helps in the reduction of inflammation of joints and muscles. The Bromelain enzyme of pineapple helps in breaking down complex proteins and have anti-inflammatory properties.

Thus eating pineapple in the form of wedges or drinking its juice reduces symptoms associated with arthritis.

4. Boosts Immunity:

One serving of pineapple is loaded with 130 percent of vitamin c for us. This pineapple is the rich source of vitamin c.

Vitamin c boosts immunity and stimulates white blood cells. It also acts as a powerful antioxidant and defends the body from free radicals.

5. Speeds-up Wound Healing:

As mentioned earlier pineapple is loaded with vitamin c and vitamin c helps in collagen formation. Thus vitamin c is a healing agent because of collagen in important protein base of blood vessel walls, skin, organs, and bones.

Having pineapple daily gives you loads of vitamin C that will help to head wounds and defend you body against infections.

6. Prevents Cancer:

As pineapple is rich in antioxidants like vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds, and high levels of manganese it helps in prevention of cancer of the mouth, throat, and breast. Especially manganese present in pineapple helps to fight cancer.

As manganese is important cofactor of superoxide dismutase which has huge potential to scavenge free radicals. Controlling free radicals also halts the process of cell damage and prevents several types of cancer

7. Aids Digestion:

Regular intake of pineapple in your diet protects you from many health conditions like constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, atherosclerosis, and blood clotting.

As the fiber content of pineapple is high it promotes the passage of food in the stomach at slower rate and thus provides digestive enzymes with more time to dissolve food.

It also increases the consistency of stool and thus helps in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea. Additionally, the bromelain present in pineapple triggers protein digestion and reduction in inflammation of gut.

8. Treats Cough and Cold:

The Vitamin C present in the pineapple boost your immunity is already discusses plus bromelain also helps in the reduction of phlegm and mucus build up in the sinus cavities and respiratory tract.

Thus both vitamin c and bromelain component together help in prevention of respiratory disease.

9. Improves Bone Health:

Pineapple do not have calcium which is required for bone health however it is rich source of manganese. Manganese is required b our body to strengthen bones, accelerate growth and repair damages.

As pineapple has manganese in abundance its single-serving can take care of 70% of your daily requirement of this mineral.

10. Improves Oral Health:

As mentioned earlier pineapple is rich in antioxidants that prevent you from oral cancer along with this pineapple also has astringent properties. This property helps in the strengthening of gums and teeth.

Astringent facilitates the tightening of tissues and the toning of the body. Due to this action the loss of tooth, hair or muscle weakening do get controlled or do not take place. Therefore pineapple is often prescribed at the natural remedy for teeth and gum related issues.

11. Improves Vision:

Macular degeneration is the condition that affects elderly people which leads to loss of vision.

Pineapple contains beta-carotene which helps in delay in this condition thus improves vision. Pineapple is also beneficial for other eye-related issues and prevents eye diseases.

12. Regulates Blood Pressure:

Pineapple is rich in many minerals and one of them is potassium. The deficiency of this mineral in your body may lead to many health issues.

Potassium is a vasodilator whcih dilates that blood vessels thus the tension and stress of the blood vessel eases this leads to an increase in blood circulation. Relaxed blood vessels lead to a reduction in blood flow and thus pressure of blood flow is reduced.

As the blood flows smoothly this prevents blood from clotting that blocks the flow. This reduces the deposition of plaque in the arteries and vessels thus prevents atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

13. Improves Blood Circulation:

If you consider your body to be a machine then copper is the oil that your body needs to lubricate itself. If the machine is not properly oiled then it will not function properly.

Pineapple provides your body with copper. Copper is an essential mineral that is required in many enzymatic reactions and compounds in the body.

Copper is essential for the formation of red blood cells, high count of these cells increased oxygenation. Thus more oxygen is available for various organs to function at its best.

14. Bronchitis:

The anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple can be used in treating many conditions. It can be used in the treatment of bronchitis where bronchial tubes get inflamed. Also, be used to treat.

Catarrh which is the condition where there is inflammation of the mucus membrane in one of the airways or cavities of the body. This disorder can be prevented by eating pineapples regularly

15. Treats Intestinal Worms:

Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain, so a diet rich in pineapple helps clear certain intestinal parasites such as tapeworms.

Precautions:

As the above discussion highlights various benefits of eating pineapple however anything consumed in excess is not good. Pineapple is not an exception to this fact.

This fruit should be eaten in moderation as the bromelain enzyme is basically responsible for tenderizing meat. Therefore it helps in digestion may experience tenderness if a pineapple is consumed in high quantity.

Overdose of pineapple leads to an overdose of Bromelain and vitamin C which may cause vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and nausea of tough foods however same enzymes can make your meat tender as well.

That means your lips, gums, and tongue. Bromelain triggers menstruation therefore e pregnant women should eat this in moderation otherwise may lead to miscarriage.

Conclusion:

Looking at the health benefits associated with this fruit it is advisable to regularly eat this fruit and make it a part of your regular diet regime. You can add pineapple to your diet in various forms.

You can add pineapple to your salad, can add pineapple to maple syrup to make a tart, add pineapple to yoghurt to make pineapple ratio.

Pineapple can also be added to paneer (cottage cheese) dishes. You can add pineapple to various dessert recipes and increase the taste of dessert.
So grab this fruit and enjoy healthy life.

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Dr Maria

MD Board Certified physician 8 years of experience in health care Former Naturopath at UK Graduated from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Science, INDIA

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