Written By Admin
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
The exotic pineapple was brought to Europe from South America in the times of Christopher Columbus.
It resembles a large, pinecone, hence its name. Its shape is oval to cylindrical with a tough, spikey, waxy rind. Its tough skin has many hexagonal sections (fruitlet) that looks like scale.
On top of the fruit is a “crown” of thick pointed leaves with spines along the edges. Be very careful when handling this part of the pineapple!
When ripe, its flesh is yellowish in color and gives out a nice fragrant aroma. It is a very fibrous fruit, is sweet with a tinge of acidic taste to it.
Fresh pineapples contain 50 calories per 100 grams, which amounts to only 83 calories per cup (165 grams). They consist of water (86%) and carbs (13%), with almost no protein or fat.
Pineapple is packed with vitamin B1, C, and smaller amounts of B2, B3, B5 and B6. It has solid amounts of copper, magnesium, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, folic acid, and beta-carotene, too.
The most remarkable property of pineapple is its bromelain content, an enzyme which provides a wide plethora of health benefits. For instance, it helps balance and neutralize fluids in the body and it stimulates the secretion of hormones in the pancreas.
Bromelain in pineapple is a protein-digesting enzyme which also effectively reduce inflammation and swelling. So drink fresh pineapple juice and say goodbye to all your pains.
Atheroslecrosis: High vitamin C content is an important nutrient for keeping the arteries free from damaging oxidants, and preventing the arteries from hardening.
Blood clotting, prevent: Pineapple juice can be taken as therapeutic to prevent blood clotting. The best of its nutrients can be obtained from the core and stems of this fruit.
Bone health: The right minerals are present in pineapple that makes it a useful food for strengthening and building bones and connective tissues.
Digestion: After a heavy meaty meal, drink pineapple juice, as the protein-digesting enzymes help do the extra work of digesting for you.
High blood pressure: Due to its blood clotting prevention properties and high antioxidants content, pineapple juice might also be helpful to naturally lower high blood pressure.
Immunity: Pineapple has a high content of vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant that is helpful for building and boosting the immune system.
Inflammatory conditions: Pineapple juice is well known for its highly effective anti-inflammatory properties. Drinking this yellow juice may relieve sufferers of much pain in the following inflammatory conditions:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Vision health: The high content of beta carotene in this yellow fruit makes the juice beneficial as a protective drink to help prevent vision-related diseases.
A couple of hours prior to eating the fruit remove the crown and turn it upside down. Leave it in the fridge like this so that the bottom distributes throughout the entire pineapple fruit. Keep it in an airtight container and soak it in its juice to retain its juiciness. If stored like this, it will keep for up to a whole week in the refrigerator.
PINEAPPLE COUGH SUPPRESSANT RECIPE
A cup of fresh pineapple juice
¼ cup of fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp raw honey
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 piece of ginger
Mix all the ingredients and take ¼ a cup, two to three times daily.
Pineapple is very sweet and must never be taken by those who are diabetic or has low blood sugar level. If you are normally healthy, the sweetness will not pose any problem.
However, if you find that it is too sweet but would still like to enjoy its goodness, by all means mix with it a little water or other less sweet juices, like green juices.