Health Benefits of Pineapple

It’s sweet, tasty, and reminds me of being away on vacation! Did you know that pineapple and its juice are full of health benefits? The candy of the fruit world should be added to your diet and enjoyed!

1. Pineapple Is Full of Daily Nutrients

A  glass of unsweetened pineapple juice may contain 130 calories but it is loaded with calcium, magnesium and nearly 1/3 of the daily recommended value for women of Vitamin C and roughly 1/4 of the recommended value for me.  The juice from the pineapple also contains nearly 10 percent of the recommended daily value of iron for men and for women that number is closer to 20%

2. Enzymes in Pineapple Have Anti-inflammatory Effects

Besides being found in pineapple juice, Bromelain is also found in the pineapple stem and leaves. Scientists are looking into how it can help with inflammation. A little bit of progress has been made with Bromelain and sports injuries and the pain that comes with them.

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3. Pineapple May Suppress the Growth of Cancer Cells

There have been some promising results regarding Bromelain and its effectiveness as a cancer-fighting agent. Researchers are looking at claims that Bromelain works along with chemotherapy to suppress the growth of cancer cells. More research is needed to confirm this claim, along with the possibility of protecting against prostate and colon cancers.

4. Pineapple Helps Get Rid of Your Cold Symptoms

Bromelain also is known to fight the build-up of phlegm and mucus build-up while also treating them by loosening those materials and helping you eliminate them from your body if you’ve already contracted an illness or infection.

5. Pineapple Improves Heart and Eye Health

There is a lot of Vitamin C in pineapples and their juice, and it may help keep your heart and eyes healthy. People who eat a lot of vitamin C are less likely to get coronary heart disease. Many studies have shown this to be true. Pineapple also has fiber, a well-known tool in the fight against heart disease. In the past, a study found that people who eat more vitamin C have less risk of getting cataracts. Cataracts are the cloudy “film” on the eye’s lens that makes it hard to see. The study said that more vitamin C could be used as the primary way to keep people healthy.

6. The Fiber in Pineapple Is Great for Digestion

Pineapples contain fiber but what makes them even more remarkable is they contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. It means that the consumption of pineapple can help with digestion and such problems as constipation, diarrhea, and IBS and may also help with blood clotting. The fiber can help bulk up stool, which promotes the passage of food at a normal rate and stimulates the release of gastric and digestive juices to help dissolve the food.

7. Pineapple Will Improve Your Smile

Researchers have also found a link between pineapples and oral health. The antioxidants found in pineapples help to protect against oral cancer. Still, the pineapple’s astringent properties help strengthen the gums and aid in making sure teeth do not loosen. The astringent agents are shown to tighten up the gums, which helps to prevent tooth loss.

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