Pineapple is a fruit with many health benefits. Indeed, it contains nutrients that help strengthen the immune system and prevent disease. Here is what the pineapple juice does to your body.
This tropical fruit is rich in nutrients, including manganese, which facilitates carbohydrate metabolism; it is involved in the production of sex hormones and the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. It also contains vitamin C which strengthens the immune system and helps prevent diseases such as colds or flu, vitamin B1 that helps convert food into energy and plays a role in the process of memorization and the emotional balance. In addition, pineapple is rich in vitamin B6, which helps regulates blood glucose levels, involved in the metabolism of proteins and facilitates the absorption of magnesium.
This fruit also has a high content of copper, a trace element that helps fight bacteria and microbes in the body. Finally, it helps strengthen your scalp and prevent hair loss.
The secret benefits of Pineapple: Bromelain
Pineapple is highly prized for its content of bromelain, an enzyme beneficial for the proper functioning of the organism. This enzyme has anti-inflammatory, antiedematous and anti cancer effects. It promotes good digestion and proper function of the cardiovascular system.
Moreover, this fruit is widely recommended for people with arthritis or inflammation. In fact, bromelain help to reduce the production of prostaglandins. A study conducted in Maryland Medical Center has shown that regular consumption of bromelain helped reduce the pain caused by osteoarthritis in the knees. Scientists noted that this enzyme would have the same effect as some anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil or Motrin.
According to Dr. Luc Bodin, physician and author of the book The Miracles of bromelain, bromelain possess several properties, including:
- stimulation of the immune system
- prevention of edema
- good healing after surgery
- inflammation relief
- relieves the pain caused by cancer and its treatments.
Dr. Bodin also defends the anti-tumor property of bromelain. This enzyme inhibits the multiplication of cancer cells and prevents metastases. According to recent studies, bromelain helps reduce lung metastases in mice by destroying a protein (CD44) found in cancer cells.
Typically, to enjoy the benefits of bromelain, a person should consume 160 mg per day. This corresponds to a cup of 250 to 500 ml of fresh pineapple juice. This enzyme is effective only in fresh pineapple juice because canned pineapple does not contain bromelain. Always prefer to consume fresh and organic fruits.
Pineapple smoothie recipe
Here is the recipe for a smoothie made of pineapple and other fruits for natural intakeof vitamins and minerals:
- 1 pineapple
- 1 mango
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Peel the pineapple, mango and banana. Cut them into small pieces and put them in a blender, and add some water. Blend well. Once you get a creamy texture, sprinkle your smoothie with cinnamon and recharge your energy to start your day!