Not only are pineapples delicious, they are also good for you, really good for you. Known as ‘Ananas comusus’ because it resembles a pine cone, the pineapple is not really one fruit but rather a group of individual berries attached to a center stalk. Each fruit has a noticeable ‘eye’ on the surface of the pineapple. The leaves are part of the stalk and the base area is where the sweetest part of the fruit can be found.
This pretty tropical delight has a tough outer shell but is loaded with sweet natural goodness and a multitude of health benefits.
Pineapples can make your skin radiant, ease digestive issue, help boost your immune system to fight off colds and reduce inflammation.
Here are 9 reasons to enjoy pineapple often:
Eye health – Pineapple is an amazing source of vitamin C, minerals, antioxidants and minerals including potassium and manganese. It helps protect against cell damage and helps to reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Pineapple also contains beta carotene which is essential for eye health.
Blood pressure – One cup of pineapple contains 1mg sodium and 195 mug of potassium, which is essential to lowering blood pressure.
Fertility – Powerful antioxidants in pineapple including vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc, and folate can help improve both female and male fertility.
Skin – Vitamin C is essential for healthy and radiant skin as it helps with collagen production.
Bones – Pineapple has a healthy dose of manganese which is essential to a healthy bone structure, bone metabolism and creation of enzymes necessary for building bones.
Joint pain – Pineapple contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can ease pain associated with conditions such as arthritis. Studies show that bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple can reduce swelling, bruising, pain and healing time associated with an injury or surgery.
Blood clots – If you have suffered from blood clots before or fly frequently, the bromelain in pineapple will help protect you from clot generation.
Weight loss – Although pineapple contains sugar, it is a great go-to snack for those watching their weight. There is ample soluble fiber that helps create a delayed digestive response, which in turn controls hunger pangs and boosts metabolism.
Constipation – Fiber in pineapple helps to facilitate digestion and stool formation and rapid movement through the digestive tract.
How to enjoy more pineapple
Here are some great ways to enjoy more pineapple and all of its amazing health benefits:
Pineapple Banana Smoothie
- ¼ fresh pineapple
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 cup pure orange juice
- ½ cup coconut milk
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend well. Enjoy immediately!
Pineapple and Mint Oatmeal
- 1 serving old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup pineapple, cubed
- 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon and coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons coconut milk
Prepare the oatmeal according to directions. Top with the pineapple, mint, milk and cinnamon and sugar.
- 3 cups fresh pineapple juice
- 2 cups coconut water
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- 2 cups sparkling water
- Pineapple spears
Combine all ingredients except the sparkling water in a large pitcher and chill for at least an hour. Add sparkling water just before serving and garnish with a pineapple spear.
— Susan Patterson