Pineapples are one of the most health beneficial members of the Bromeliaceae species and are composed of several fruitlets each with an eye, fused around a core. Pineapples are both tart and sweet with attractive tropical yellow color and are a perfect integral part of everyone’s favorite sweet and sour sauce. However, pineapples have a lot of health benefits that most of the people usually overlooks. Pineapples contain bromelain which is a very important enzyme that holds the key health benefits of pineapple. Moreover, they are full of sulphur, containing compounds that help to digest the protein section of our daily diet. Let’s see how these nutrients can help us being healthy.
Bromelain of Pineapples: Bromelain is a very effective anti-inflammatory which reduces swelling and helps treating acute sinusitis, arthritis, sore throat and gout. Eating pineapples between meals will increase the effectiveness of your digestion mechanism.
Anti-Oxidants of Pineapple: This tropical fruit is enriched with vitamin C which offers your body comprehensive protection against free-radical, stuffs that attack healthy body cells. If build up, free-radicals would cause diabetic and atherosclerosis heart diseases, asthma attacks and risk of developing certain cancers like colon cancer. Vitamin C is the most significant water-soluble anti-oxidant of your body which helps fighting against these conditions. Also, it is very much effective against cold and flu because of its proper functioning with the immune system.
Manganese: Pineapple is an excellent source of manganese, an essential mineral for various enzymes that produces body energy. Besides, it contains a good amount of thiamine which is also contributing with the energy producing enzymes of our body.
Macular Degeneration: Pineapple helps maintaining an excellent eye health condition and protects age-related eye diseases through its macular degeneration characteristics. To get the maximum benefit against eye related problems, eat pineapple three times a day.
Pineapple Stems: According to an Australian research, Pineapple stems are a hidden source of health beneficial molecules that acts as a guard against certain cancer types. Also, these molecules are beneficial for certain type of cancer like ovarian, breast, colon, lung and skin cancer.
Best way to select and store Pineapple
Pineapples are heavy because of their size and a perfect one should look, smell and feel clean, without any moldy spots on the outer surface. Since pineapple stops ripening when harvested, choose carefully when you buy and never opt for one that looks immature. Storing pineapples in room temperature requires some extra attention since they spoil easily. To keep it more than a day or two, store it in the fridge by enfolding in a plastic bag. If the pineapples have already been cut, select an airtight container to store them in the fridge and eat them as soon as possible. However, frozen pineapples may have some change in flavor.