What Are Pineapples??
Pineapple is a delicious tropical fruit that has a scaly green, brown or yellow skin surrounded by thorny spikes, topped with a hard, waxy, blue-green leaves and also have a wide cylinder shape. The fruit is up to a foot long. The flesh of pineapple is yellow and has a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the combination of sweet and tart. At the bottom closer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content and therefore a sweeter taste and more tender texture
Fruit bearing season of pineapple runs from March until June. It is eaten fresh, juiced, cooked, or preserved. Pineapple and its juice are enjoyed all around, most famously as the tropical and yummy drink, the pina colada.
Pineapple belongs to the Bromeliaceae family. Actually the pineapples are not just one fruit but a bunch of flowers whose fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an “eye,” the rough spiny marking on the pineapple’s surface.
Benefits of Pineapple
Nutritional Value of Pineapple
Pineapples have several health benefits due to its abundance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, including potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, thiamine vitamin B6, folate, and bromelaine, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. The benefits of eating pineapple are clear from the impressive list, but any food or fruit should be eaten in moderation, including pineapple.
A single serving of pineapple which is 1 cup and has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin C, making it one of the richest sources. Vitamin C helps in reducing illnesses and boosting the immune system.
Here are Some Possible Health Benefits of Pineapples:
- Helps improve oral and eye health
- Boosts immunity and improves blood circulation
- Helps prevent arthritis, cancer and heart disease
- Reduces inflammation of joints and muscles
- Helps heal wounds and protects against infections
- Reduces the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Protects against constipation and irritable bowel syndrome
- Improves bone health
- Decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Promotes a healthy complexion and hair
- Increased energy, and an overall lower weight.
Pineapple is also a source of important vitamins and minerals, including but not limited to:
- Beta-carotene (and other antioxidants)
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin B-6
What do they have to do with your allergy health??
Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which may alleviate joint pain and arthritis, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth, and shorten recovery time following surgery. Eating fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been related to a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. I have always been a believer of this, but I also think that with all the chemically altered and processing of foods, that we are severely lacking in a lot of nutrients that is needed. For this, it is one reason I tend to like the Paleo and Keto diets because you don’t eat that stuff and you stick to healthier choices.
Immune system support
Pineapple contains all the recommended daily value of vitamin C, according to the FDA. Vitamin C is a primary water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. This makes vitamin C a helpful fighter against problems such as heart disease and joint pain.
Pineapple may help you keep standing tall and strong. The fruit contains nearly 75 percent of the daily-recommended value of the mineral manganese, which is essential in developing strong bones and connective tissue, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. One study suggested that manganese, along with other trace minerals, may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
Pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains.
Due to a various amounts vitamins and minerals that can be removed from the core (and this is where the biggest concentration is at) of the pineapple, bromelain can help reduce severe inflammation such as you would get when allergy season starts. A variety of researchers have indicated that bromelain may be helpful in treating various types of arthritis and can possibly reduce tumors. Some studies say that bromelain, can reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain associated with injury and surgical intervention.
Common cold and sinus inflammation
In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose. The University of Maryland Medical Center website has wonderful articles on the effects of bromelain and the body. So if you caught that nasty cold that is going around, trying to avoid it or just suffering with allergies, try some pineapple chunks. Preferably fresh fruit, it is always better for you as the process to preserve foods takes away some value of the vitamins and minerals. Those with allergies may just want to consider incorporating pineapple into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus long term. Between the huge boost of vitamin C and bromeliad you should have an advantage over that nasty bug that is going around.
For foodie allergies pineapple is a great helper in the fruits and vegetable section. Eating pineapples regularly can protect you from a lot of health conditions. Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple’s dietary fiber, and water content help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract. But unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapples contain large amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, possibly mimics digestion, reduces gut inflammation, and therefore, treats digestive troubles.
The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene, found in plant foods like pineapple, mangoes, papaya, apricots, broccoli, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and carrots. This is why is Important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day. Asthma can also be an issue if you have allergies.
What can pineapple do for your body??
The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form (as in a pineapple) or applied to the skin, 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, which is vital for healthy skin.
Could Prevent Some Cancers
Pineapple has been related to preventing cancers of the mouth, throat, and breast, as it is rich in various antioxidants, including vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds, and high levels of manganese and vitamin C. A website from the Oregon State University has some great articles on Cancer and the effects of various food chemicals as does the US National Library of Medicine.
There are literally thousands of websites that will tell you that bromelain levels in pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers and others at risk for blood clots. Pineapple is a valuable source of potassium. Lack of potassium can result in a wide range of problems. Using potassium is said to ease the stress of the vessels and increases circulation. When the vessels relax, pressure is reduced and the flow is less restricted. This can prevent clots from blocking blood and reduce the build-up of plaque in the arteries and vessels which, in turn, help prevent conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. It also provides copper which is necessary for healthy red blood cells. With healthy blood it gives oxygen to various organs. It also increases memory and can help slow or stop dementia and Alzheimer’s.
The eye is the most important sensory organ and pineapple has the ability to improve eye health and prevent other age-related eye diseases. Loss of vision to the retina affects many elderly people, and beta-carotene present in pineapple can help delay this vision problem.
WARNING: Health risks
The bromelain present in pineapple is primarily a meat-tenderizing enzyme, helps in the digestion of tough foods. This can result in tenderness of your meat as well, meaning that your lips, gums, and tongue may experience some tenderness or sensitivity if you eat too much Bromelain and vitamin C that are present in high proportions in pineapple, and an “overdose” can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and nausea. Also, bromelain has been known to stimulate menstruation, so pregnant women should avoid excessive intake of pineapple in order to prevent any chances of a miscarriage. If you have any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately. If you experience a rash, hives or breathing difficulties, you could have a pineapple allergy.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Bromelain can also interact with some medications. Those taking antibiotics, anticoagulants, blood thinners, anti-convulsants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, insomnia drugs and tricyclic antidepressants should be careful not to eat too much pineapple.
Some people are allergic to pineapple, i.e., bromelain, which can also interact with the function of certain medications. People who suffer from allergies to latex, grass pollen, or birch pollen may also experience allergic reactions to pineapple as a result of cross-reactivity if you have these allergies, start with small portions and watch for reactions
My take on pineapple is my own opinion and this information was found by years of trying to help me make it through the year. I have added links and gave credit to all websites where I got some information and I use these sites, not just for this information, but other allergy issues. I try to not post unless it is creditable information or I have gone thru numerous sites and compiled answers.
Pineapple has so many benefits to help out all parts of your body. And our bodies are a machine, when one part, isn’t working right, over time, it will start to affect the rest of the parts. What we lack in food, it in turn will affect so many parts as you can see. Having a well-balanced way of life is important. Be happy with who you are, but get all the vitamins, minerals, a good night sleep, exercise and plenty of hydration. Exercise doesn’t have to be anything more than a short walk around the block after dinner or even some mild Pilates, just to get your blood circulating.
Please feel free to drop a note if you think this information is wrong or would like to add to it. Have a wonderful day.