Health benefits of pineapples

The health benefits and healing properties of pineapples are astronomical. Being the only known source of the inflammatory enzyme bromelain, pineapple provides unique natural remedies and prevents a plethora of conditions, from cancer and hair loss to colds and fatigue. This fantastic fruit is also an outstanding source of Vitamin C and therefore increases fertility & hair growth, boosts the immune system and replenishes cells throughout the body.

The pineapple is a fruit associated with the exotic shores of the Caribbean and it’s sweet, juicy flavour transports your taste buds to tropical islands and idyllic beaches. Many people assume that something which tastes so delicious must be detrimental to their health, however pineapples completely defies that assumption; it possesses countless nutritional properties beneficial to both physical and mental health. There are many ways to incorporate pineapple into your diet, whether it be in delightful deserts or sumptuous savoury dishes, and it’s a wonderful way to brighten up dull meals and add a shimmer of sunshine to cold and dreary winter days.

1. Nutritionally Dense

Pineapples contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals set on maximising your physical and mental health. One cup of fresh pineapple provides 131% of your daily vitamin C requirement, which emphasises what an outstanding source of vitamin C it is. Also, this fruit certainly isn’t an indulgence as 1 cup only contains 82 calories, in addition to absolutely no fat or cholesterol. The same cup will provide you with 2% of your vitamin A, calcium and iron daily needs too.

2. Aids Digestion

Within the soft, sweet flesh of a pineapple lies a compound known as bromelain, which contains enzymes proven to assist digestion due to their de-constructive properties. Bromelain is used worldwide in anti inflammatory medications but occurs naturally in pineapple, so a few slices of it before a rich meal such as rare steak with an indulgent sauce will relieve discomfort and encourage smooth bowel movements. Pineapple is also the only known natural source of bromelain, making this fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties entirely unique!

3. Fights Cancer

The flesh and juice of pineapple bursts with vitamin C, a strong antioxidant shown to prevent the creation of cancer causing cells known as ‘free radicals.’ Scientific studies recognise the pineapple’s protective and preventative role against prostate and colon cancer in particular,  also suggesting that the inflammatory properties of bromelain help reduce the side effects of cancer.

4. Increases Fertility

Anti-oxidant rich diets are unanimously hailed as being beneficial to increasing fertility and the pineapple is crammed full of vitamins and minerals such as zinc and copper. These nutrients are highly recommended for couples trying to conceive due to their beneficial properties associated with reproduction. Additionally, the pineapple contains elements that avert nausea and is therefore immensely helpful for pregnant women experiencing morning sickness and those who suffer motion sickness during transportation.

5. Boosts Energy

Eating pineapple is a fantastic way to help banish that foreboding sense of fatigue due to the fact it contains manganese, a mineral that not only prevents cell damage, but is also vital to energy production. Manganese is an integral factor in the production of enzymes needed for the regular release of energy so incorporating pineapple into your diet will help to eradicate lethargy.

6. Gives Glowing Skin

Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain, pineapple is hailed as a fantastic cure for skin conditions when used internally and externally. As well as reducing redness and inflammation, pineapple boosts the collagen levels in your body, resulting in smoother and more supple skin. As it is an outstanding source of vitamin C, damaged skin tissues are repaired much faster and therefore increases the healing time of external and internal injuries. Make the most of its rejuvenating qualities by either applying freshly squeezed pineapple juice to your face for 10 minutes or crushing chunks to create a blood stimulating & dead skin eliminating exfoliating scrub.

7. Thickens Hair and Softens Scalp

The preventative health qualities of vitamin C assist in eradicating damage caused by destructive free radical cells, known to break down hair cells and inflame the scalp. The exquisite enzymes that live within the juicy flesh of this nutritious fruit are also proven to thicken and enrich hair, increasing elasticity and encouraging faster growth due to vitamin C’s re-constructive properties. Mix some freshly squeezed pineapple juice with some milk and olive oil and leave in your hair for 10 minutes for shimmering shine and luscious thickness.

8. Boosts Immunity and Cures Ailments

Pineapple’s rich anti-oxidant content boosts immunity by encouraging the reproduction of cells. The vitamin C abundance also thwarts microbial infections that result in debilitating colds, coughs and sore throats. Feasting upon juicy pineapple wedges can both prevent and help cure many of these common ailments. The anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain also help to reduce swollen sore throats and eradicate sinusitis, a condition caused by the inflammation of the sinus’. Furthermore, pineapple also helps fight off more serious inflammatory infections of the airways, such as bronchitis and catarrh, by reducing swelling throughout the body.

Ways to Incorporate Pineapple into your Diet

Due to its tantalisingly tropical taste, pineapple is equally delicious on its own as it is in creative culinary combinations.

For a beautiful breakfast, make oatmeal with coconut milk and a little desiccated coconut then top with fresh pineapple chunks and a sprinkling of mint for a truly tropical start to the day.

Freshen up your lunchtime by savouring the sharp, sweet and savoury flavours of a pineapple, king prawn and cucumber noodle salad, or add thinly sliced pineapple to wholemeal sandwiches filled with either honey roasted ham or rich cheddar cheese for a healthy twist on a classic.

For dinner, achieve pineapple perfection with these amazing amalgamations; create a mouth watering side by combining gently fried pineapple with cooked rice and chilli marinated meats, or master an Asian classic with sweet & sour chicken and pineapple, a dish that bursts with flavour and freshness.

Dine on decadent desserts such as refreshing pineapple sorbet and sticky pineapple sponge, or melt some high quality dark chocolate, infuse with finely chopped chilli and drizzle over grilled pineapple for a fiery and fabulous treat.