17 Amazing Health Benefits Of Pineapples

Health Benefits Of Pineapples

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With its tuft of spiky, dusty green leaves and cross-hatched, golden orange skin, the pineapple has a distinctive appearance. A single pineapple is, in fact, a collection of multiple fruits; each one is the fruit of an individual blossom. Available year-round in local markets, pineapples have a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart.

Pineapple Nutrition Profile

Have a quick glimpse of the in-depth nutrition information for pineapples: 

Principle

Nutrient Value

Percentage of RDA

Energy

50 Kcal

2.5%

Carbohydrates

13.52 g

10%

Protein

0.54 g

1%

Total Fat

0.12 g

<1%

Cholesterol

0 mg

0%

Dietary Fiber

1.40 g

4%

Vitamins

Folates

18 µg

4.5%

Niacin

0.500 mg

4%

Pyridoxine

0.112 mg

9%

Riboflavin

0.018 mg

1.5%

Thiamin

0.079 mg

6.5%

Vitamin A

58 IU

2%

Vitamin C

47.8 mg

80%

Vitamin E

0.02 mg

<1%

Vitamin K

0.07 µg

0.5%

Electrolytes

Sodium

1 mg

0%

Potassium

109 mg

2.5%

Minerals

Calcium

13 mg

1.3%

Copper

0.110 mg

12%

Iron

0.29 mg

3.5%

Magnesium

12 mg

3%

Manganese

0.927 mg

40%

Phosphorus

8 mg

1%

Selenium

0.1 µg

<1%

Zinc

0.12 mg

1%

Phyto-nutrients

Carotene-ß

35 µg

Crypto-xanthin-ß

0 mcg

Benefits Of Pineapples:

Pineapples are loaded with vitamin A and C, fiber, potassium, phosphorous and calcium. They offer a wide range of health benefits, some of them are explained below:

1. Prevents Free Radical Damage:

Pineapples are a rich source of antioxidants. They fight against free radicals in the body, preventing cell damage. These antioxidants help protect you from diseases like atherosclerosis, heart diseases, arthritis, various cancers etc.

2. Thwarts Off Cold: 

Pineapples are abundant in vitamin C and bromelain, which fight against microbial infections. Eating pineapples with the prescribed medicines can help cure cold and cough effectively.

3. Strong Bones:

Rich amount of manganese present in pineapples helps in strengthening bones and connective tissues. A cup of pineapple juice gives you roughly 73% of the required manganese for a day.

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4. Healthy Gums:

 

Eating pineapple benefits in strengthening your gums, keeping your teeth healthy and strong.

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5. Macular Degeneration: 

Macular degeneration is a condition in which adults lose their vision, making difficult for them to read and recognize things properly. Beta-carotene present in pineapples empowers vision and should be consumed regularly for eye health.

 6. Anti-inflammatory Action: 

Pineapple fruit is very much known for its anti-inflammatory properties which prevent inflammation in arthritis patients and gives strength to the bones.

7. Cures Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Gout, Swellings:

Pineapples are a great source of bromelain which help prevent sinusitis. Pineapples are also effective in curing sore throat, gout and swellings.

8. Anti-cancer Properties: 

The abundance of antioxidants in pineapples helps fight against free radicals. This halts the process of cell damage, preventing several types of cancers.

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9. Atherosclerosis: 

Free radicals cause atherosclerosis which can be easily prevented by antioxidants in pineapples.

10. Heart Health: 

Powerful antioxidants keep free radicals away and lower the cholesterol levels, preventing heart diseases. Include other heart healthy foods too for heart health.

11. Immunity:

Rich content of vitamin C in pineapple benefits to boost your immune system by its strong antioxidant effect. Here is another excellent post to know more vitamin C rich foods.

12. Digestion: 

Bromelain, vitamin C and dietary fiber are abundantly present in pineapples which promote digestion.

13. Bronchitis: 

Pineapple is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps in reducing inflammation in bronchial tubes which generally arises due to bronchitis.

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14. Catarrh:

It is a disorder of inflammation of the mucous membranes in one of the airways or cavities of the body. This disorder can be prevented by eating pineapples regularly.

15. Prevents Hypertension:

If you’re suffering from high blood pressure and trying to prevent it, you might want to consider the pineapple diet for hypertension. Higher amounts of potassium and lower amounts of sodium in pineapples help maintain normal blood pressure levels.

16. Treats Intestinal Worms:

Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain. A diet rich in pineapple helps clear certain intestinal parasites such as tapeworms.

17. Relieves Nausea:

A key benefit from pineapple juice intake is that it averts nausea or morning sickness. This is quite useful for pregnant women who usually experience nausea. It also helps people who are looking to go on airplane trips that usually cause motion sickness.

[ Read: DIY Pineapple and Honey Face mask ]

Quick And Easy Ways Of Including Pineapples In Your Daily Diet:

  • Combine diced pineapple with chopped shrimp, grated ginger and a little olive oil. Season to taste and serve this fragrant shrimp salad on a bed of romaine lettuce.
  • Drizzle maple syrup on pineapple slices and broil until brown. Serve plain or with yogurt.
  • Chopped pineapple, grated fennel and cashews go well together and are especially delicious as a side dish to chicken.
  • Pineapple is a wonderful addition to fruit salads.
  • Add them in your dessert recipes.
  • Simply juice it up.

Boost Your Health With Pineapples Today!

Below is a quick recipe of an appetizing ‘Pineapple Raita’.

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What’s Required?

  • Pineapple chopped -1 cup
  • Yogurt whisked – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt to taste
  • Roasted and powdered cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped – 1 tablespoon

How To Prepare?

  1. Take yogurt, sugar, powdered cumin seeds and salt in a bowl.
  2. Stir well with a whisk until smooth.
  3. Stir in diced pineapple.
  4. Transfer yogurt mixture into a serving dish, and chill. Before serving, sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves.

The appetizing ‘Pineapple Raita’ is ready to savor! Enjoy the pineapple health benefits from this!

Why wait? Enjoy this wonderful, juicy fruit now. Leave a comment below to share your views!

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Hey I am gayatri and I love to write about beauty, health and fitness. I try my best to put everything that matters to life in my blog.

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