Things to learn about pineapple consumption to our body system.
Think of something sweet and charming? Something so unique, it’s makeup and anatomy raises so many unanswered questions?
Something that makes for warm and exciting company, yet demands care, affection and attention? What comes to mind? Women? I know. Haha! Pineapples too!
Native to South America, Pineapples have been a major addition to food and medicines for a long period of time. They are used to treat inflammatory conditions and digestion problems.
It contains vitamin A, vitamin K, phosphorus, calcium and zinc that can work wonders in fighting many diseases. Its rich source of vitamin C helps in maintaining a healthy immune system while it’s content of manganese provides you with a healthy metabolic rate. Thus, the two major compounds that make pineapple a healthy food are manganese and vitamin A.
Pineapples are also the only naturally occurring source of Bromelein. A very important enzyme with vast health benefits. Also consisting of numerous antioxidants, Pineapples help to protect against a host of diseases.
Pineapples offer an abundance of Vitamins, especially C and various minerals. Studies have shown that inclusion of Pineapples in one’s diet can help lower the risk of obesity, diabetes and a number of heat related diseases.
So, what makes this fruit stand out?
1. Fibre in
It goes without saying that fibre is a major content of fruits. In fact, it is the main reason nutritionists advice that fruits be a major part of our diets. In that aspect, Pineapples do not disappoint.
With a wealthy proportion of of dietary fibre, Pineapples help keep the intestinal surrounding healthy and operational.
When your working out or engaging in strenuous physical activities, the body is usually worn out and it takes a while to recover half that energy.
A few Pineapple chunks or, a glass of Pineapple drink can help with that. As the only naturally occurring source of Bromelein, it helps by the anti inflammatory actions of this enzyme.
Also, studies showed that bromelein may reduce the inflammation, swelling and pains that often occur after surgery.
3. Pineapple Boost immunity
Pineapples contain a large cache of vitamins and minerals including Bromelein which insures immune systems, protecting the body from infections.
One nine-week study fed 98 healthy children either no pineapple, some pineapple (140g) or lots of pineapple (280g) daily to see if it boosted their immunity.
Children who ate pineapples had a significantly lower risk of both viral and bacterial infections. Also, children who ate the most pineapple had close to four times more disease-fighting white blood cells (granulocytes) than the other two groups
4. Pineapple helps the Heart health
The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content in pineapple all promote heart health.
In one study, people who consumed 4,069 mg of potassium per day reduced the risk of death from ischemic heart disease 49 percent when compared with those who consumed less potassium.
Researchers link high potassium intakes to a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density, and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.
Pineapple may help you keep standing tall and strong. One cup of raw pineapple chunks contains 2.6 mg of manganese, a mineral that’s important for developing strong bones and connective tissue, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. A 1994 study suggested that manganese, along with other trace minerals, may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
6. Pineapple Diet Additive
Pineapples are sweet, convenient and easy to incorporate into your diet.
They are very affordable and available year-round in many markets, as they can be purchased fresh, canned or frozen.
You can enjoy them on their own or in smoothies, salads, sandwiches or on homemade pizzas.
7. Pineapple Treats Cold and Cough
If you are suffering from a bad cold, then you need to make it a point to eat pineapple. This is because this healthy fruit contains bromelain which is an enzyme that has inflammatory properties that can fight infections and kill bacteria. Eating it regularly can prevent you from a cough and cold. Well isn’t this a tastier option for you to get rid of that horrible cold and cough?
Pineapple is rich in manganese that helps in strengthening your bones. All you need to do is to add this fruit to your everyday diet and this will help you maintain a strong body and keep your bones strong and healthy. Manganese maintains good bone strength and when it is combined with zinc, copper and calcium this substance can be super healthy. Thus, pineapple has all the components and this is why this fruit can aid in stronger bones.
9.Pineapple Stress Buster
Pineapple has serotonin which is a natural stress buster that keeps your hormones and nerves relaxed. All you need to do is to eat or drink some pineapple juice and this will keep you healthy. When you are stressed you can end up inviting a lot of health problems. Thus, you can beat that stress by drinking just one glass of pineapple juice.
The Bottom Line?
Pineapples are delicious, low in calories and loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.
Their nutrients and compounds have been linked to impressive health benefits, including improved digestion, a lower risk of cancer, improved immunity, relief of arthritis symptoms and improved recovery after surgery and strenuous exercise.
Pineapples are also incredibly versatile and can be consumed in a variety of ways.
To experience their health benefits, try incorporating pineapples into your diet.
Ezeani Uchechukwu, AKA Saddam Ninhor, currently undergoing B. TECH programme in Microbiology at Federal University of Technology, Owerri. Despite his science roots, he loves to dabble with words in short stories, poems and also shares knowledge of household and relationship efficiency.
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