The word ‘pineapple’ originates from Tupi languages in South America meaning ‘excellent fruit’. There are three main ingredients which make this fruit special – vitamin C, Manganese and Bromelain.
A full cup of pineapple provides almost the whole amount vitamin C you need during a day. With number of successful applications on this vitamin’s benefits on health it also becomes clear that there are many people who lack vitamin C in their bodies. Scientists even propose to double the vitamin C daily allowance to prevent deficiencies. As an antioxidant its role involves protecting against cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. It is however still unclear whether and how vitamin C has an impact body’s immunity despite its presence in immune cells. It might reduce the duration of common cold but not necessarily prevent it. Histamine is a neurotransmitter which is involved in inflammatory response. Vitamin C is able to inhibit this action therefore provide relief for example against allergies due to its anti-histamine properties.
Manganese (Mn) is an essential micro-nutrient. In humans most Mn can be found in bones and the brain. The combination of Mn and vit C has been found to have effect on asthma symptoms in adults. Increased intake especially of Mn lessens the symptoms in diagnosed asthma. It can be used for reducing menopausal symptoms and osteoporosis. Manganese like vit C is an antioxidant however overexposure to this element is linked to neurodegenerative disease.
There are many uses for Bromelain – the extract of pineapple. Since 1950s it available as a supplement and in Germany it is one of the most popular herbal medicines today . Bromelain is able to reduce swelling because of it affects the migration of neutrophils to the inflammation site (i.e. asthma). It also interferes with the growth of tumours and slows blood clotting. Other claims with regards to this extract like treatment of arthritis are not yet approved by official bodies.
Thiamine(B1) is essential for children’s brain development however lack of it might lead to mental changes – apathy, confusion etc. It’s role in normal metabolism also has been approved. Additionally, high doses of B1 also might be help for diabetic kidney, heart and overall vascular health protection.
B9, known as folic acid (see article about benefits of eating asparagus) is one of the three main pregnancy nutrition components alongside with vitamin D and Omega-3. B6 (pyridine) however has also been proven to be almost as important. Decreased levels of vitamin B6 are linked to early termination of pregnancy. The module is still unclear but it could be related to its enzymatic functions in hundred different metabolic reactions in the human. Daily dose in amount of upper tolerable level has also a potential to reduce inflammatory elements in rheumatoid arthritis.
Benefits of eating pineapple:
- Good source for anti-oxidants
- Reduce duration of common cold
- Protect the cardiovascular system
- Might help to relief allergies
- Lessen asthma symptoms
- Reduce inflammation
- Help maintain good metabolism
- Good for healthy pregnancy and children’s developement
- Lessen postmenopausal symptoms
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