World Pineapple Day: Pineapple Health Benefits

  • Publish date: Sunday، 27 June 2021
World Pineapple Day: Pineapple Health Benefits

June 27 marks International Pineapple Day. The word "pineapple" was originally used in English as the name for the reproductive organs of conifer trees - what we now call pine cones. The spiky fruit was so named due to its resemblance to the pine cone - first referenced in 1664.

In light of that we all know how fruits are essential in our diets and considering it is International Pineapple Day, have a look at the health benefits pineapples offer!

Loaded with nutrients

Pineapples are low in calories but have an incredibly impressive nutrient profile. They are loaded with carbs, protein, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, copper, thiamin, folate, magnesium, iron, and more. Pineapples also contain trace amounts of vitamins A and K, phosphorus, zinc, and calcium.

Disease fighting antioxidants

Pineapples are a good source of antioxidants, which may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. Many of the antioxidants in pineapple are bound, so they may have longer-lasting effects.

Its enzymes can ease digestion

Pineapples contain bromelain, a group of digestive enzymes that breaks down proteins. This may aid digestion, especially in those with pancreatic insufficiency.

Reduce the risk of cancer

Pineapple contains compounds that reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, both of which are linked to cancer. One of these compounds is the enzyme bromelain, which may stimulate cell death in certain cancer cells and aid white blood cell function.

Boost immunity and suppresses inflammation

Pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties that may boost the immune system.

Ease symptoms of arthritis

The anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple may provide short-term symptom relief for people with common types of arthritis.

Speed recovery after surgery or exercise

The bromelain in pineapples may reduce the inflammation, swelling, bruising, and pain that occurs after surgery. Bromelain’s anti-inflammatory properties may also aid recovery after strenuous exercise by reducing tissue inflammation.

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