Pineapple is a tropical plant with an edible
fruit, also called a pineapple, and the most economically significant plant in the family
Bromeliaceae. The pineapple is indigenous to South America, where it has been cultivated for many centuries. The introduction of the pineapple cultivation to Europe in the 17th century made it a significant cultural icon of luxury. Since the 1820s, pineapple has been commercially grown in greenhouses and many tropical plantations. Further, it is the third most important tropical fruit in world production.
As science has developed, researchers have found that these fruits are not only tasty but highly beneficial for health. Pineapples boost the immune system, fight off infections, viruses, and colds, fight inflammation, improve oral health, strengthen the bones, and help weight loss.
You can eat them raw, cooked, juiced, and blended, and enjoy their multiple minerals, and vitamins, including potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, copper, manganese, calcium, beta-carotene, thiamin, B6, folate, bromelain and insoluble fiber.
The regular consumption of pineapples offers countless health benefits, below are some of the health benefits of pineapple;
1. Helps In Blood Flow
The high copper content of pineapples supports the formation of healthy red blood cells, boosts the oxygenation of body organs and the cognitive abilities, and maintains neural pathways, lowering the risk of neural disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
2. Treats Colds and Coughs
Vitamin C boosts the immune system and bromelain reduces phlegm and mucus buildup in the respiratory tract. This soothes coughs and colds.
3. Blood Pressure
Being abundant in potassium, pineapples lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots and reduce stress on the blood vessels.
4. Tissue and Cellular Health
The high vitamin C content creates collagen, that ensures the health of the bones, blood vessel walls, skin, and other body organs. It also accelerates the healing of injuries and wounds.
5. Boosts Immune System
A single serving of pineapple provides over 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin C, that strengthens the immune system, treats illness, and improves overall health.
6. Helps In Digestion
These fruits are rich in fiber that supports the healthy function of the digestive tract and treats issues like constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, blood clotting, and blood pressure.
7. Prevents Cancer
Pineapples prevent the spread and development of cancer as they are rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene, flavonoid compounds, bromelain, manganese, vitamin A, etc.
8. Arthritis Management
Pineapples fight inflammation, and soothe the pain and accompanying symptoms of arthritis.
9. Eye Health
Pineapples contain numerous beneficial components that improve vision and eye health and prevent age-related issues, like macular degeneration.
10. Bone Health
Pineapples are high in manganese, which strengthens the bones and improves their growth, repair, and health.
11. Oral Health
The powerful astringent properties of pineapples improve the health of the gums and tighten up body tissues, preventing muscle weakness, hair loss, wrinkles, and skin loosening.