I always thought I hated pineapple, thinking I was more of a mango or strawberry person. In China, there are endless stands of pineapple sold on every street corner. It’s 10 kuai (about $1.80 Canadian) for an entire pineapple, perfectly cut up and placed in a plastic container coupled with long tooth picks so you don’t have to eat with your dirty fingers. A couple weeks ago I caved and decided to give it a go.
Well, I love pineapple. It’s the best thing ever and I have become friends with the lady who sells pineapple on my way home from work.
If you are like me and indulge in this delicious, sweet, ripe pineapple then let me fill you in on some great news. Pineapple is loaded with nutrients!
According to World Health Foods pineapple contains:
Bromelain – is a mixture of enzymes found naturally in the juice and stems of pineapples. It helps to promote the digestion of protein and can help to relieve excessive inflammation, can be a natural pain reliever of arthritis, reduces inflammation, inhibit tumor growth and shorten recovery time following plastic surgery.
Potassium – Pineapple, among other fruits, is rich in potassium. When you increase high potassium fruits and vegetables in your diet in can help with lowering blood pressure.
Vitamin C – our body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant, vitamin C is important for boosting our body’s immune system. Helping us to fight off recurrent ear infections, colds, and flu.
Manganese – Helps in the treatment of weak bones (osteoporosis) when used with calcium, zinc, and copper. This mineral can also help alleviate symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) – This vitamin is crucial for producing chemical reactions in the body. It is the helps the body’s cells change carbohydrates into energy. The main role of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body, especially the brain and nervous system. When your body lake Vitamin B1 you feel weak and tired.
Other health benefits of pineapple?
Digestion: Pineapples promote the digestion of food, and due their fiber and water content can prevent constipation.
Fertility: Antioxidant-rich diets have been shown to improve fertility.
Skin: The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form (as in a pineapple) or applied topically, can help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture. Vitamin C also plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin.
Lowers Risk of Macular Degeneration: Macular degeneration is a disease that is caused by damage to the retina. When you include pineapple in your diet you can help to lower your risk of getting this disease by as much as 36%. Why? Because pineapple is very high in beta carotene.