by Geri Walton ~ September 15th, 2008
Pineapple is a tropical fruit that got it’s name in 1664 after European explorers discovered it and felt it was similar to pine cones. Pineapples are packed with calcium, fiber, manganese, potassium, and vitamins A and C, and they are also low in fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates. Pineapples also contain antioxidants to protect you against free radicals. In addition, pineapples are rich in the enzyme bromelain, which helps inflammation; however to get the most pain relief, you need to buy a bromelain supplement—250 or 500 mg dose—and take it twice a day.
Here’s a list of the ways pineapple can benefit you:
- Helps digestion problems
- Maintains good eye health and reduces risk of macular degeneration
- Prevents morning sickness
- Reduces back pain and bronchial inflammation
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Reduces inflammation
- Regulates glands, and in particular, helps with goiters
- Relieves constipation
You can buy fresh pineapple from your grocery store, but to get the right one use these tips:
- It should feel heavy and solid
- It should look, feel, and smell fresh
- It should be mature and ripe
Pineapples absorb fertilizers and pesticides easily because of their porous skin, so it is best to buy organic grown ones. Pineapples also spoil easily, so you want to eat them within a day or two after bringing them home. Store pineapple at room temperature, and after you cut it, bag up what’s left in an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge up to five days.