A lot of people constantly slander and bad talk the pineapple fruit. That definitely needs to come to an end because pineapples are not only incredibly sweet and delicious, they offer a range of useful health benefits.
Pineapples contain nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes that assist in fighting against inflammation and disease, boosting immunity, aiding digestion and also enabling quick recovery from surgery.
Interesting health benefits of pineapples include:
- They are nutrient packed
Pineapples are highly loaded with various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, copper, thiamine, folate, potassium, magnesium, iron, riboflavin and niacin. They are also particularly rich in manganese and vitamin C.
- Pineapples have disease-fighting antioxidants
They contain antioxidants (particularly flavonoids and phenolic acids) that can lower the risk of having chronic heart diseases, diabetes and certain cancers.
- They ease digestion
Pineapples are a rich source of bromelain (a group of digestive enzymes) that actively break down proteins. This benefit is especially effective for those with pancreatic insufficiency.
- Lower cancer risk
It contains certain compounds that help to reduce both inflammation and oxidative stress as they are known to be linked to cancer. One of the compounds, bromelain, stimulates cell death in some cancer cells and assist the white blood cell function.
- They boost immunity
They have various vitamins, enzymes and minerals that collectively work towards boosting immunity and suppressing inflammation in the body.
- They ease symptoms of arthritis
Once again, bromelain comes into the picture. Often, arthritis involves joint inflammation and because of the bromelain present in pineapples, they have anti-inflammatory properties which provide relief for those with such type of arthritis.
- Aid speedy recovery after surgery
They help to reduce the inflammation, pain and bruising that comes after a surgery. The anti-inflammatory property present in it can also aid recovery after engaging in strenuous exercise by reducing the inflammation of body tissues.