A number of inflammatory agents are inhibited by the action of the enzyme bromelain which is found in pineapple. Research has shown bromelain to be an effective anti-inflammatory, reducing swelling in inflammatory disorders like sore throat, acute sinusitis, gout and arthritis, as well as accelerating recovery from surgery and injuries. To maximize the anti-inflammatory effects of bromelain, pineapple must be eaten on its own in between meals or its enzymes will be used up in digesting
Health Benefits of Pineapple 1 – Pineapple for Arthritis
Several studies suggest that bromelain could help reduce pain in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. One study indicated that a combination of bromelain, trypsin and rutosid worked as well as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which are frequently used pain relievers, for the reduction of osteoarthritis knee pain.
Health Benefits of Pineapple 2 – Pineapple for Digestion
The bromelain in pineapple consists of a group of proteolytic enzymes that help with digestion
Health Benefits of Pineapple 3 – Pineapple for Cancer
Researchers found that eating pineapple reduced the formation of nitrosamines (potential carcinogens) in humans.
Health Benefits of Pineapple 4 – Pineapple for Acute Sinusitis
A number of studies indicate that the bromelain in pineapple can help reduce swelling and inflammation as well as relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis. Bromelain is popular in the treatment of young children diagnosed with acute sinusitis in Germany. The therapeutic efficiency and safety of bromelain has been evaluated in children under the age of 11 years diagnosed with acute sinusitis.
Nutrients in Pineapple
Pineapple is good source of vitamin C, copper, manganese, vitamin B6 and dietary fiber.
History of Pineapple
The pineapple is indigenous to South America. The name “pineapple” originated from European explorers who considered the fruit was similar to a cross between a pinecone and an apple. Columbus was the 1st person to introduce pineapples to Europe after discovering them on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe in 1493. The U. S. ranks among the world’s top suppliers of pineapples, although they are produced only in Hawaii, to which they were introduced in the 18th century. Other countries that grow pineapples commercially include the Philippines, Thailand, China, Mexico and Brazil.
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