Health benefits of pineapples
Pineapple water includes several vitamins and minerals, also contains an enzyme called bromelain and the amino acid tryptophan. Collectively, these nutrients help to promote the health of the immune system and also treat a number of conditions.
1. Immune support
Just one serving of pineapple contains over 130 percent of the daily recommendation for vitamin C, a vitamin that helps keep the immune system healthy. It’s also an antioxidant that protects the body against free radicals that can lead to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other degenerative conditions.
2. Reduce inflammation
Pineapple helps reduce inflammation in the joints and muscles. The “relatively rare proteolytic enzyme,” bromelain, found in pineapple, helps break down proteins that can harm joints. Bromelain also helps reduce inflammation and can alleviate your arthritis pain.
3. Improves mental health
Pineapple contains high levels of tryptophan, the same amino acid in turkey that triggers sleepiness at Thanksgiving. Tryptophan aids the body in producing serotonin, one of our main “happy hormones.” Adding pineapple to your diet may help you fight depression or anxiety.
4. Improves bone strength
With almost 75 percent of the daily recommendation for the mineral manganese, pineapple can help build bone strength. In a study from the Linus Pauling Institute, manganese and also other trace minerals may help prevent osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
5. Helps prevent cancer
Research shows that pineapple can directly prevent cancers of the breast, throat and mouth. A study published in the British Journal of Cancer found that pineapple’s combination of bromelain, beta-carotene, vitamin A, manganese and a variety of flavonoid compounds can help prevent cancer among elderly subjects.
6. Improve digestion
According to the Mayo Clinic, the bromelain in pineapple can help improve digestion. The fruit’s high dietary fiber content aids in regularity and improves intestine health. It might even help you lose weight by reducing inflammation in the gut.
7. Treats coughs and colds
Both the high content of bromelain and vitamin C in pineapples help prevent respiratory illnesses, but if you already have a cough or cold, pineapple can help clear your sinuses and reduce drainage. Check out our recipe for Pineapple and Honey Cough Syrup.
How to make pineapple-infused water
One of my favorite ways to consume pineapple is to add it to a pitcher of water in my fridge. In the evening, simply cut up half a pineapple into chunks and also add them to an empty pitcher. Fill the pitcher with filtered water and then place in the refrigerator. In the morning, you’ll have pineapple-infused water for a fresh start to your day. You can even save the fruit for another recipe or to add to your morning smoothie.
Unconventional ways to eat pineapple
Pineapple is an incredibly diverse ingredient, so be sure to think outside the box. Some ideas for less-than-conventional ways to eat more pineapple include:
- Replacing hamburger buns with grilled pineapple slices.
- Making a pineapple-based salsa with red bell peppers, purple onions, fresh cilantro, and also lime juice.
- Adding diced pineapple to guacamole.
- Adding pineapple chunks and also add fresh mint to your oatmeal.
- Topping a hot dog with fresh pineapple, cilantro, and also cherry tomatoes.
- Drizzling pineapple syrup over homemade pancakes or Greek yogurt.
Fresh Pineapple Tincture
Enjoy a boost to your water or morning smoothie with a pineapple tincture. The concentrated amount of pineapple delivers a big punch in even small amounts. People with sensitivities to pineapple should dilute the tincture with a bit of water if taken as an immune booster.
- 2 cups high-quality, 80-proof vodka (or apple cider vinegar)
- 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- Add pineapple chunks to a large, clean one.
- Fill the jar with vodka or apple cider vinegar.
- Use a butter knife to stir around the edge of the container and also ensure all the air bubbles are broken.
- Seal the container. If using vodka, store in a cool, dark place. If using apple cider vinegar, make sure you store in the refrigerator.
- Shake the jar twice a day for 14 days.
- After 14 days, strain the tincture using cheesecloth or also a fine sieve.
- Store in a tightly-closed container in the pantry (for vodka) or the refrigerator (for apple cider vinegar).