Hidden Health Benefits of Pineapple
In Central and South America, pineapple is not only valued for its sweet taste – it has been used for centuries to treat digestion problems and inflammation.
Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which has been used in studies to determine it’s effectiveness in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth and shorten recovery time following plastic surgery.
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle – related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like pineapple decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.
The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta – carotene, found in plant foods like pineapple. As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C, pineapples can also help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Diets rich in beta – carotene may also play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition.
According to the American Cancer Society: “there are studies suggesting that bromelain (found in pineapple) and other such enzymes may be used with standard cancer treatment to help reduce some side effects (such as mouth and throat inflammation due to radiation treatments).”
Some studies have shown that bromelain can reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain associated with injury and surgical intervention. Bromelain is currently being used to treat and reduce inflammation from tendinitis, sprains, strains, and other minor muscle injuries as well as swelling related to ear, nose and throat surgeries or trouma.