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, and here are some of them:
Being abundant in potassium, pineapples lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots and reduce stress on the blood vessels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pineapples fight inflammation, and soothe the pain and accompanying symptoms of arthritis.
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.
Pineapples are high in manganese, which strengthens the bones and improves their growth, repair, and health.
Pineapples prevent the spread and development of cancer as they are rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene, flavonoid compounds, bromelain, manganese, vitamin A, etc.
Pineapples contain numerous beneficial components that improve vision and eye health and prevent age-related issues, like macular degeneration.
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.
Did you know that:
- In 1664, when they reached the American coast, Europeans saw the pineapple fruit, which resembles pine cones, and called it ‘pineapple’.
- Pineapples are actually a cluster of hundreds of fruitlets.
- In the wild, a pineapple plant can survive and give fruits for up to 50 years.
- One pineapple plant can produce only one pineapple at a time.
- A pineapple plant can be regenerated by planting a leaf.
- Pineapples ripen faster upside down.
- After being harvested, pineapples do not ripen any further.
- Pineapples are added to all kinds of drinks and salad, but in Maui, they are also used to make wine.
- Pineapples are native to South America, but the majority of the pineapples in the world now come from Southeast Asia.
- Hawaii is the only US state where these fruits are still grown these days.