Although weird looking, pineapples are tropical fruits rich in water,
enzymes, fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. They’re also one of the
sweetest fruits in the world and yet they are low in calories. Infact, just
a cup of pineapple chunk has 82 calories only.
Pineapples belong to the bromeliad family, a family that does not
produce as much edibles. Fortunately, the pineapple is one of few fruits
in the family that are edible and sweet. Did you know a pineapple fruit
is actually lots of berries coming together around a middle core? I
didn’t too! The scale thingies are individual berries!
The fruit’s nutritional benefits are a wonder. They possess high
amounts of manganese and vitamin C and are known to boost the
immune system, digestive system, respiratory system, immune system,
surgery recovery and bone building. They’re also rich in vitamin B and
thiamin. Incidentally, they’re cholesterol-free, fat-free, contain sugar
(obviously) and have low sodium levels.
The origin of the pineapple fruit has its roots in South America where
the name was given it as a result of its resemblance to the pinecone. I
could go on an on about the pineapple but we should be studying its
amazing benefits to the health, skin and hair.
Before jumping right into that, let’s have some fun!
Fun facts about Pineapples
- Pineapples have regeneration characteristics. That’s why planting
just its leaves would give you a new pineapple in no time.
- They contain an enzyme known as bromelain. It can break
proteins down. That means you can use a pineapple to tenderize
- In Hawaii alone, one third of the pineapple fruits in the world are
- I would have added that the pineapple is actually a fusion of many
berries but I guess you knew that already.
- They take close to two years after planting before they’re ready
- Christopher Columbus discovered them in the year 1493, they
have been native to South America though.
- I would’ve also said that they are the only bromeliads that are
edible, but I guess you also knew that.
- One pineapple plant cannot produce more than one pineapple
fruit at a time.
- They ripen much faster upside down!
Benefits Of Pineapple
- Contains Disease fighting Antioxidants
Antioxidants are molecules that fight against oxidative stress that
results in lots of free radical activities. Free radicals are harmful to the
body and could cause damage to organs, inflammation, harmful
diseases and a weak immune system. Pineapples are rich in these
antioxidants and thus help to fight against damage of whatever nature,
thereby protecting the body and its systems. Phenolic acids and
flavonoids are some of the antioxidants contained in the pineapple. The
antioxidants are able to withstand harsh bodily conditions as a result of
their bound state. As a consequence, an effect that lasts longer in the
body is produced.
- It’s a Weight-Loss Enhancer
Eating pineapple is a good and safe way to lose weight. Even though it
is sweet, it contains low calories. This makes it capable of replacing the
cravings you get for sugary snacks. With a pineapple, you’ll enjoy a
sugary snack that is low in calories and high in fiber, causing you to stay
full for long, how cool is that? You could have it with walnuts, a rice
dish or whipped cream low in fat. With the pineapple, your blood sugar
level is also kept intact and your blood glucose control is improved. If
you’re staying away from carbohydrates though, eating a pineapple
might not be a good idea as it is over 90: carbohydrate.
- Effective Solution For Acne
Did you know the pineapple works wonders on the skin? It is especially
effective in handling acne cases. Its vitamin C content is the reason it is
as effective in handling skin inflammations. Its bromelain content is also
another contributing factor. Bromelain is an anti-inflammatory enzyme,
it also sky-rockets the healing power of the vitamin C.
- Softens And Strengthens Nails
If you have noticed that your nails are dry and brittle, then this is for you. Dry and brittle nails are often as a result of a deficiency in vitamins A and B. Now that you know this, know also that you do not need more than a pineapple fruit to change the state of your nails. You do not necessarily have to search for over-the-counter supplements and pills. You could even try preparing a substance that will soften your nails with the pineapples. Below are the ingredients you’ll be needing :
A tablespoon of pineapple juice (fresh)
One egg yolk
Two drops of lemon juice
Two drops of lemon oil
- Have all of the ingredients above mixed into a clean bowl. You could use a spoon or a brush.
- Using a cotton pad or ball, apply the mixture on to your nails and your cuticles.
- Allow to sit for about fifteen minutes before washing off
You could use this treatment every night before bed, you’ll notice a change in no time. People who are allergic to lemon juice are advised not to try this treatment however.
- May Help Reduce or Prevent Cancer
Cancer is said to occur when cell growth becomes uncontrolled as a result of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress. Pineapple contains certain compounds that have been shown to reduce and prevent the risk of cancer. Bromelain, a digestive enzyme, is an example of a compound found in pineapple that has been shown to help fight against cancer. In one study involving two test tubes, it was observed that bromelain inhibited breast cancer cell growth and stimulated the death of these cells. Other studies involving test tubes showed bromelain inhibited growth of cancer cells in the bile duct, colon, skin, gastric system and other areas. . Bromelain has also been found to possess the ability to stimulate production of molecules by the immune system. These molecules are useful in boosting white blood cell activity which then inhibits the growth of cancer cells or completely eradicates them. Pineapples however do not contain as much bromelain as supplements and more research is set to be carried out.