Undoubtedly, pineapple is a king of tropic fruits. Nowadays, it is available even to those who live in the most northern regions of the planet. Pineapple contains great amounts of vitamins and minerals, that is why it has a great consumer demand, especially in winter. This fruit originates from Brazil, where pineapple plants grow in their natural habitat. However, in our times pineapple is being cultivated in greenhouses throughout the world, starting for China and ending with the United States. Pineapple fruits can grow up to 11 lbs! Their pulp has 85 % water, as well as numerous useful elements and nutrients including Vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, PP, carotene, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iodine, manganese, glucose and organic acids and many more.
In addition to the above, pineapples contain bromelaine, a composition of the enzymes helping in protein digestion. Bromelaine is responsible for the majority of therapeutic properties of this delicious fruit. The most important property of this enzyme is its ability to shrink tumors, thus, inhibit and prevent cancer development. Recently, the specialists at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research studied anti-cancerous, anti-inflammatory and anti-invasive properties of bromelaine. They have found out that regular consumption of pineapple can lower the risks of having skin cancer up to 65%. The findings of the research were published in the Cancer Letter in March 2009.
Health benefits of pineapples include many more positive effects. This natural remedy can assist us greatly when fighting against the symptoms of asthma, sinusitis, rhinitis, cold and various throat problems. Drinking a glass of pineapple juice a day can be a very effective solution for those who suffer from arthritis since it helps to reduce swelling, pains, and can assist in lowering blood pressure. Pineapple products are recommended to everyone who has problems with digestive system. They can help to improve the general function of the digestive system, stimulate detoxification and colon cleansing, calm down nausea and other sorts of discomfort in the stomach. According to a study published in the 2008 Alternative Medicine Review, bromelaine is a key enzyme able to ease the symptoms of digestive disorders connected with a lack of pancreatic enzymes.
In addition, bromelaine can speed up protein digestion in our body and benefit faster weight loss. The fruit has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and a piece of pineapple applied directly on a cut or a blister can substantially help for much faster recovery. Good amounts of Vitamin C and antioxidants containing in pineapples can support our immune system, lower the risks of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Finally, pineapple extracts and derivatives are widely used in modern cosmetic industry as very effective constituents to improve the quality of our skin and assist in acne treatment. Add pineapple juice or fresh pineapples slices to your daily diet and it will be a great chance to enhance healing abilities of your body and improve your overall health to a great extent.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.