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22 Amazing Health Benefits of Pineapple

Pineapple is delicious, sweet and juicy fruit that grows on a tropical plant of the same name. Botanical name of pineapple is Ananas comosus. Little is known about their “fist cultivation” but it is said that pineapple was spread from some parts of India to the south and Central America, then to West Indies, then to Spain and finally to the rest of the world. Pineapples are known not for their deliciousness or the health benefits provided by them, but also for their unique shape that resembles a crown with pines on it. It is consumed as a raw fruit, in the form of juice, pickles, marmalade and various another form. Pineapple is a good source of a number of nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, etc. and provides a lot of health benefits. In this article, we will know about the major health benefits of pineapple, but first, let’s take a look at the below-mentioned nutrition chart of pineapple

 

Nutrition Chart For Pineapple

Nutrition Chart For Pineapple
Source-USDA

Health Benefits of Pineapple

Health Benefits of Pineapple
Source-pixabay.com

 

(1) Prevents Free Radical Damage

Pineapple is a delicious fruit which is a well-known resource for the number of antioxidants like vitamin C present in it. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body and stabilize them, and thus prevents them from damaging our body cells. In this way, these antioxidants also prevent us from many health problems like atherosclerosis, heart disease, arthritis, different types of cancers, etc.

(2) Helps In Protecting And Curing From Cold And Cough

Getting a common cold is so common these days. However, if you are a regular pineapple eater, then there is good news for you.Pineapples are very effective in boosting the immune system of our body because of the abundance of vitamin C and bromelain ( an enzyme)  in it. These compounds fight against the microbial infections responsible for cold and cough and prevent us from a cough and cold.Vitamin C is well known for it’s immune boosting power but in the case of pineapple,  “Bromelain” also plays a very important role as it reduces the phlegm and mucus from building up in our respiratory tracts and sinus cavities. It also helps in loosening those materials and helps us in getting rid of them.

(3) Make Our Bones Stronger

Although there is not much calcium content in pineapple they are still very beneficial in making our bones stronger. How ? Well, they are rich in manganese, which is a vital compound that helps in strengthening our bones ( see, it’s not all about calcium ), as well as for their growth and repair. A single serving of manganese can fulfill around 70 percent of our daily manganese requirement.

(4) Provides Oral Health Benefits

Pineapples are like a delicious gift for our teeth and gum. Eating pineapple on a regular basis strengthens our gums and also keeps our teeth healthy & strong. These oral benefits of pineapple are because of the antioxidantal benefits and astringent properties provided by pineapple. Antioxidants like vitamin C present in pineapple minimize the risks of development of oral cancer, and the astringents present in pineapple helps in tightening up the tissues and thus minimize the risks of hair loss, tooth loss, muscle weakness, skin loosening, etc.

(5) Keep Vision Good And Prevents Macular Degeneration

If eyes are our window the world then pineapples are like “window shield.” This is because eating pineapple on a regular basis are very beneficial our eyes as they help in keeping vision sharp and also prevents age-related visionary problems like macular degeneration  Macular degeneration. Pineapples are a good source of beta carotene which is carotenoid that gets converted to vitamin A ( which is a vital compound for the eyes health) by our body.

 So, if you want to enjoy seeing the beauty of this world even after growing old, then it’s time for you to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet as they are very rich in beta-carotene.

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(6) Provides Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

The anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple make it a very suitable fruit for the patients of arthritis as it helps in preventing inflammation and also strengthens our bones. As per some studies, the bromelain present in pineapple helps in reducing swelling bruising, healing time and the pain associated with injury and the surgical intervention.

(7) Provides Relief From Inflammation Caused By Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeries

Pineapples are a great source of bromelain which is an enzyme that helps in preventing sinusitis ( by reducing the phlegm and mucus from our respiratory tracts ). Bromelain is also effective in reducing the swelling associated with ear, nose and throat surgeries.

(8) Prevents The Risk of Development of Several Types of Cancers

Pineapples are very beneficial in reducing the risks of the development of various types of cancers like mouth cancer, skin cancer, oral cancer, breast cancer, etc. because of the number of antioxidants like vitamin A and vitamin C present in it.  These antioxidants fight the free radicals in our body and stabilize them and thus prevents them from damaging our body cells. In addition to this, the presence of beta carotene, bromelain, flavonoids, manganese, etc. in pineapples also plays an important role in increasing the anticarcinogenic properties of pineapples.

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(9) Helps Prevent Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque of the fatty materials get deposited in inner walls of our arteries, and this condition can lead to serious problems like heart attack, stroke, and even death. Pineapples are very effective in reducing the risk of development of atherosclerosis because the antioxidants present in pineapple increases the good cholesterol ( HDL ) and decreases the bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) of our body (source)  

(10) Keep Our Cardiovascular System Healthy

Eating pineapple on a regular basis or enjoying it in the form of juice is great for our heart as it helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy because of the good number of antioxidants present in it. These antioxidants fights with the free radicals of our body and stabilizes them (and thus prevents them from damaging our heart )  and also helps in decreasing bad cholesterol level ( LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL).

In addition to this, the presence of dietary fibers in pineapple also plays an important role in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy as it helps in getting rid of extra cholesterol out of our blood vessels.  Last but not the least, potassium present in pineapple helps in controlling high blood pressure level of our body ( which is known as one of the prime factor responsible for strokes and heart attack).

 

(11) Boost Immune System

Eating pineapple on a regular basis helps in making our immune system stronger because of the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C in it. A single serving of pineapple provides more than 130 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin C in it. A stronger immune system means a healthy you as it is the immune system of our body that protects us from the harmful attack of diseases causing germs, microbes, pathogens, etc., and it is the immune system that cures us ( when we suffer from illness or diseases) by using an army of white blood cells. The antioxidants present in pineapple fights with the free radicals of our body and stabilizes them and thus prevents them from doing damage to our body cells ( this includes white blood cells).  

 

(12) Good For Digestive System

Eating pineapples on a regular basis can do wonders for our digestive health because of the presence of dietary fibers, vitamin C, bromelain in it. The dietary fibers present in pineapples are both soluble and insoluble which means consuming pineapples can prevent us from various stomach related problems like constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. and also some other benefits like preventing atherosclerosis and blood clotting. The dietary fibers present in pineapple not only facilitates smooth passage of waste out of our system but also stimulates the release of digestive juices which helps in proper digestion of food.

 

(13) Provides Relief In Bronchitis

If you are suffering from bronchitis then eating pineapple on a regular basis can help you a lot as the anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple make it very effective in reducing the inflammation of the bronchial tubes.

 

(14) Prevents Catarrh

Eating pineapples on a regular basis helps in providing relief from catarrh which is a disorder caused by the inflammation of the mucous membrane in one of the airways or cavities of the body. This benefit of pineapple is because of the presence of bromelain in it which prevents phlegm and mucus from building up in our respiratory tracts.

 

(15) Provides Relief From High Blood Pressure( Hypertension)

Pineapples are high in potassium and low in sodium, and this is what makes potassium a great fruit for people suffering from hypertension. Eating pineapple on a regular helps in lowering blood pressure of our body as the potassium is a vasodilator which means it eases the tension and stress level of blood vessels, and make them relax. Relaxation of blood vessels promotes lowering of blood pressure and also prevents accumulation of fatty acids in our veins and arteries.

In this way, regular consumption of pineapples not only prevents us from hypertension but it also keeps our cardiovascular system healthy by protecting us from various heart problems like stroke, heart attacks, atherosclerosis, etc.

 

(16) Treats Intestinal Worms

Eating pineapples regularly not only helps in keeping our digestive system healthy by providing relief from constipation irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, etc. but is also beneficial in getting rid of certain intestinal parasites like tapeworms. This benefit of pineapple is because of the presence of digestive enzyme bromelain in it.

 

(17) Relieves Nausea

Pineapple juice is very beneficial in providing relief from nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness. This benefit of pineapple juice makes it very useful for pregnant women as they commonly experience morning sickness and also for travelers who experience motion sickness during airplane trips and during sea trips.

 

(18) Provides Relief From Bronchitis

Pineapple is very beneficial for patients who have arthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties  ( due to the presence of anti-inflammatory compounds like vitamin C ). These anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple help in reducing the inflammation of joints and muscles. In addition to this, the presence of digestive enzyme bromelain in pineapple also plays a significant role in combating inflammation by reducing the signs and symptoms of inflammation.

 

(19) Keep Our Tissues And Cells Healthy

Pineapple is very effective in keeping our tissues and cells healthy because of the presence of vitamin C in it. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that not only fights the free radicals of our body but also plays an important role in the development of collagen. Collagen is an essential protein that forms the basis of the development of blood vessel walls, skin, organs, and bones.

 

(20) Good For Diabetes Patients

Eating pineapple is good for patients suffering from diabetics as it helps in keeping blood sugar level and insulin level under control. Along with this, it is also rich in dietary fibers that are very effective in type-2 diabetics.

 

(21) Increases Fertility In Both Male & Female

Eating pineapples on a regular basis helps in improving fertility in both males and females. This benefit of pineapple is also because of the presence of antioxidants in it. These antioxidants fights with the free radicals from our body stabilizes them and thus prevents them from doing damage to our body cells ( including the cells of our reproductive system). Additionally, other compounds like beta carotene, vitamins and other minerals like zinc, copper, etc. also plays an important role in improving fertility.

 

(22) Helps In Weight Management

If you are looking for a healthy snack that will help you not only in losing weight but will also help in maintaining that weight then “pineapple” is the answer. Pineapple is low in calories which means you can eat them without worrying about getting bulky ( but don’t overdo it). In addition to this, it is rich in dietary fibers which mean it will make your stomach feel fuller faster and for a longer time and helps in weight management.

 

These were some of the major health benefits of pineapple, and I believe these are more than enough reasons to start enjoying the deliciousness of pineapple along with its health benefits. So, enjoy your pineapples but make sure that you eat them in moderate quantity as like every other thing, too much pineapple is not good and there are some serious side effects of eating too many pineapples.

 

Reference(s)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pineapple.html

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-health-benefits-of-pineapples/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276903.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/pineapples.html

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/12-unexpected-benefits-pineapple-you-need-know.html

 

Disclaimer

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

 

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About Bharat Sharma

Bharat Sharma is a simple guy who lives in Delhi,India and loves writing about the health and beauty benefits of the common food item we see in our kitchen and refrigerator.