Is Pineapple Good For You?
You better believe it. It is packed with fiber and high in nutrients with the main component being the proteolytic enzyme, called bromelain. This is a digestive enzyme which has many health benefits like helping to keep your heart in good condition, helping your digestive system function more efficiently and it is also a really good natural remedy for asthma because it dilutes mucus.
Bromelain is such a valuable asset to your health, that it is extracted and sold in supplement form (more on this later in the article), which you can buy in health stores.
What Does Bromelain Do For You and How Does it Work?
Bromelain goes to work in your large colon, where proteolytic enzyme mixes with and activates other digest enzymes which are naturally contained in your body. It has the following benefits.
- Helps Antibiotics effect when healing
- Helps digestive system
- Improves circulatory system
- Boosts Immune System
The anticoagulant (blood thinning) effects of bromelain can help people with heart conditions, because it allows the blood to flow more freely around their body. Its anti-inflammation benefits are such that people who have slight muscle pulls or joint ‘niggles’ may see a complete recovery from their symptoms by regularly using bromelain in their diet.
And it has also been proved that people suffering with rheumatoid arthritis have felt relief of their symptoms by including bromelain in their diet plan. It is the change that bromelain makes to white blood cells that makes it a natural anti-inflammatory. This effect has also been proved to boost your immune system, which means that a daily chunk of pineapple, or a pineapple juice is a great addition to any healthy diet.
This remarkable enzyme can also augment the effects that prescribed antibiotics have on infections by increasing the amount (antibiotics) that gets absorbed by your body. This was proved to be correct for amoxicillin, which is good because it is one of the most common antibiotics prescribed by doctors.
However, test results did prove inconclusive where some other types of antibiotics were used.
Your digestive system has within it, lots of bacteria and lots of enzymes. Two of these enzymes are called trypsin and pepsinogen. In their ‘inactive’ states, they are called zymogenic and zymogen, respectively. These two gastric enzymes are responsible for breaking down the proteins you get from your food, into micro sized portions so your gastric system can absorb them and send them around your body.
When bromelain is added to these two enzymes it boosts their activity releasing more proteins into your body. Some athletes include pineapple in their diet for this very reason. More protein equals better muscle recovery, equals better performance.
Bromelain can also help your circulatory system because of its blood thinning ability. This means that your chances of having heart related diseases or a stroke is much, much less. This in itself is a reason to include some pineapple in your diet, in my opinion.
Nutritional Facts of Pineapple
Recommended daily percentage per 100 grams:
- Vitamin C – (44%)
- Manganese – (43%)
- Vitamin B6 – (8%)
- Thiamine (vitamin B1) – (7%)
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2) – (3%)
- Niacin (vitamin B3) – (3%)
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) – (4%)
- Iron – (2%)
- Magnesium – (3%)
- Folate – (4%)
- Calcium – (1%)
- Potassium – (2%)
- Zinc – (1%)
- Phosphorus – (1%)
What is the Best Way to Eat Pineapple?
For years I ate pineapple right out of the tin or added it to my lunch box to brighten up my chicken and rice. But what I never realized was that when it comes from a can, it is usually drowning in syrup. This meant that I was eating far too much sugar.
So I switched to eating fresh pineapple, which is much better. I would cut as much off the fruit as I needed, remove the ‘skin’ and then remove the core/stem (bit in the middle) and then eat the juicy bits.
If you are doing this with your fresh pineapple, what you do not know is that you are wasting a huge amount of bromelain. You see, the higher proportion of this digestive enzyme in pineapple is actually in the rind part.
Normally, you can’t eat it because it is just too hard. So there are two best (and similar) ways to get all the nutrients out of your tropical fruit.
- Juicing is a fantastic way of just getting the nutrients. The only downside is that you will not get the dietry fiber this way because it gets separated from the juice, and is of no use when it is dry.
- To get the most out of your pineapple, we recommend cutting it up into small pieces (including the core) and putting it into a blender mixed with some cold water (if you need to add it), and then drinking it as a smoothie. This way you get all the goodness of this tropical fruit and you get the fiber as well.
Does Pineapple Have Any Negative Effects on Your Health?
There is a slim possibility that you could be allergic to pineapple or the bromelain that is in it. If you are, you may experience slight nausea, diarrhea and in women, menstrual bleeding.
And if you are already taking certain medications including the ones in the following list, you should refrain from including too much pineapple in your diet as it may conflict with them, increasing the risk of you bleeding.
- Other blood thinning medication
You should also be aware that if you are taking sedatives or sleeping tablets, bromelain may greatly enhance their affect on your body.
If you are a suffer of digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome or get regular bouts of constipation, the fiber in pineapple could help relieve your troubles. However, don’t over do it as large amounts of bromelain can cause diarrhea.
Bromelain Supplement or Take it Naturally?
Pineapple is often an ‘acquired’ taste. I love it but my partner says it tastes just too sweet for her liking. So if you don’t like pineapple or just don’t use it enough to warrant buying a fresh pineapple each week, it is available as a dietary supplement.
We recommend Now Food Products, Bromelain because it is 100% organic and does not contain any of the following: