A tropical sweet, juicy pineapple is so amazingly delicious. But pineapples are more than tasty—they also come with a boon of health benefits, including improved digestion, increased immunity and cancer protection.
“When life gives you lemons, sell them and buy a pineapple.” ~ Davin Turney
6 Health Benefits of Pineapples
1. Protects Your Heart
In a study, pineapple juice was found to be protective for the heart. Pineapples are full of fiber, potassium and vitamin C, which helps to keep the heart healthy. Also, with the high amount of antioxidants, it helps to reduce inflammation, restoring healthy blood pressure.
2. Reduces Inflammation in the Sinuses
Young children diagnosed with acute sinusitis in a study were given the enzyme bromelain, obtained from pineapple, and it was found to lessen their symptoms quicker than standard therapies.
Another study showed supplementing with fresh or unpasteurized frozen pineapple juice decreased inflammation of the colon.
3. Helps Digestion
The enzyme bromelain in pineapple helps digest protein. It also helps with stomach upset and decreases the symptoms of ulcerative colitis.
4. Helps Fight Cancer
Fresh pineapple juices from the flesh, core and stem were used in a study which showed a suppression in ovarian and colon cancer cells.
5. Good for the Immune System
Pineapple has a high amount of vitamin C, which is well known to reduce coughs, colds and flus. Children were fed canned pineapple every day for nine weeks during a study in Manila, Philippines. The average time of infections were much shorter for the children who ate canned pineapple compared with the children who didn’t.
6. High in Dietary Fiber
Our body needs fiber—and pineapple is full of it. “Individuals with high intakes of dietary fiber appear to be at significantly lower risk for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases,” according to a study out of University of Kentucky. ”Increasing fiber intake lowers blood pressure and serum cholesterol levels. Increased intake of soluble fiber improves glycemia and insulin sensitivity in non-diabetic and diabetic individuals.”
How to Store
It is best to store a pineapple for 1 or 2 days at room temperature to let it become juicier and softer. Note: this will not make it sweeter as they don’t ripen further after picking. Keep an eye on your pineapple during this time as it can easily spoil.
If you do not want to eat the pineapple after this period, then it’s best to wrap it up and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Cut up chunks can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. You can freeze the cut up pineapple too, but the deliciousness of the pineapple gets lost.
Enjoy delicious tropical powerfood pineapple with these recipes.