Positively Pineapple: The Healthy Benefits of Pineapple
In general, all fruit is an essential part of our diet, and packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, leading to numerous health benefits. A fruit that is particularly beneficial is the pineapple.
Pineapple is a tropical fruit. Like oranges and other citrus, pineapple is full of vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system and keep sickness at bay. The stems of pineapples also contain bromelain: bromelain is an enzyme that has anti-inflammatory effects, so helps to reduce swelling and bruising caused by injuries. Bromelain also may help in the fight against cancer, as it contains chemicals that may stop or interfere with the growth of cancer tumor cells.
Pineapple is also rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight the damage that free radicals cause (including cancer, inflammation, and heart disease). The vitamins contained in pineapple also help with energy levels, relieve indigestion and nausea, relieve throat pain, and help accelerate the healing process when one suffers from a cold or the flu.
When buying a pineapple, choose ones that are heavier, as this helps indicate the level of freshness. You can also determine ripeness by pulling on the stalks at the top – if one comes out easily, it is ripe. If it’s a struggle, it has a way to go yet! Ripe pineapple will also have a strong smell and be very sweet. For some people, pineapple can irritate the mouth and tongue, causing an itchy feeling. If this is a problem, try soaking pieces of pineapple in a bit of salt water before consumption.
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