Health | 14 May 2012
Invaluable nutritive contents of pineapple
Pineapples in the market in Yaounde;they are very good for your health
Pineapple is loaded with vitamin C, B1 and smaller amounts of B2, B3, B5 and B6. It is also an excellent source of manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, folic acid, and dietary fiber.
Pineapples are effective in curing constipation and irregular bowel movement. This is because pineapples are rich in fiber which makes bowel movement regular and easy.
Pineapple juice works well in getting rid of nausea and vomiting sensation. It has virtually no fat and cholesterol but is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins that are needed by the body for overall growth and development.
Juice from fresh pineapples can be used to relieve bronchitis, diphtheria and chest congestion. It has enough vitamin C and contains an enzyme called Bromelain which is known to dissolve and loosen up mucus. Bromelain is an enzyme that has many uses for our body.
Bromelain in pineapple has the special ability to help our body balance and neutralize fluids so that it’s neither too alkaline nor too acidic. It also stimulates hormonal secretions in the pancreas that aids digestion.
Researchers have proven that Bromelain purified from pineapple stem or fresh juice, then provided in the diet over six months, decreased the severity of colonic inflammation in mice with experimental colitis.
Pineapples are effective in getting rid of intestinal worms and also known to keep the intestines and kidneys clean. It is important in flushing out toxins from the body and thus facilitating metabolism.
Pineapples are very rich in magnesium and even a cup of pineapple is supposed to contain a good amount of it. This mineral is required for the growth of healthy bones and tissues.
The high content of vitamin C in pineapples ensures oral health. This helps in preventing gum disease thus keeping the teeth healthy.
Below are some nutrients in 100g of pineapple.
Nutrient /mineral value
Calcium 16 mg
Calories 52 mg
Carbohydrates 13.7 gm
Dietary fiber 1.4 gm
Iron 0.28 mg
Magnesium 12 mg
Protein 0.54 gm
Potassium 150 mg
Vitamin A 130 mg
Vitamin B1 0.079 mg
Vitamin B2 0.031 mg
Vitamin B3 0 .489 mg
Vitamin B6 0.110 mg
Vitamin C 24 mg
Zinc 0.10 mg
Health Benefits of pineapples
Bromelain in pineapple is a protein-digesting enzyme which also effectively reduces inflammation and swelling.
Digestion: After a heavy meaty meal, drink pineapple juice, as the protein-digesting enzymes help do the extra work of digesting for you.
Inflammatory conditions: As pineapple juice causes an anti-inflammatory effect, drinking this yellow juice can relief sufferers of much pain in the following inflammatory conditions: Carpal tunnel syndrome, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, injuries and surgeries.
Respiratory conditions: Bromelain helps to break down and dissolve excessive mucus, providing much relief to sufferers of asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and sinusitis. It would also help tremendously if you reduced your intake of harmful foods (smoking, excessive alcohol, as mucus is formed mostly from consumption of these foods.
Sore Throat: Drinking pineapple juice significantly reduces the soreness and redness in the throat.
Pineapple consumption tips
Choose pineapples that are nicely golden with fragrant aroma and that are heavy. Check that the bottom stem is not decayed or has moldy spots
.Few hours before you plan to eat the pineapple, cut off the crown and then turn the fruit upside down on a plate and leave in the fridge. The sweetness of the juice which is at the bottom of the pineapple will be nicely distributed throughout the entire fruit when turned over.
If you find the taste of the pineapple to be too acidic, sprinkle a little lime on it. This will help take the acidic taste away.
To keep your cut pineapple, store it in an airtight container and soak it in its own juice. It stays for up to one week in the fridge, and will retain its taste and juiciness.