The pineapple (Ananas comosus) has several health benefits. It is a tropical plant with edible fruit and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae.
The pineapple is loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and other helpful compounds, such as enzymes that can fight inflammation and disease.
The Nutritional Benefits Of Pineapple
Pineapples are low in calories but rich in vitamin-C , manganese , thiamine, beta carotene, vitamin B6, riboflavin, folate, zinc, potassium, copper.
The nutritive value of one cup (5.8 ounces or 165 grams) of pineapple chunks are as follows: (1)
- Calories: 82.5
- Fat: 1.7 grams
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 21.6 grams
- Fiber: 2.3 grams
- Vitamin C: 131% of the RDI
- Manganese: 76% of the RDI
- Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDI
- Copper: 9% of the RDI
- Thiamin: 9% of the RDI
- Folate: 7% of the RDI
- Potassium: 5% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 5% of the RDI
- Niacin: 4% of the RDI
- Pantothenic acid: 4% of the RDI
- Riboflavin: 3% of the RDI
- Iron: 3% of the RDI
Health Benefits of Pineapple
The antioxidant agents of pineapple help to protect the skin damage caused by pollution, U.V rays. Antioxidants boost the production of collagen in the skin and reduce the sign of ageing like – wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes.
Pineapples, because of their fibre and water content, help to promote easy and smooth, regular bowel movement, and thus prevent constipation and also helps in digestion. The enzyme present in pineapple, is bromelin, helps to digest protein and protect the body from inflammatory immune cells called cytokines, that damage the lining of the digestive tract.
Good source of antioxidants
Pineapples are especially rich in antioxidants known as flavonoids and phenolic acid. The antioxidants present in pineapples helps to combat oxidative stress by fighting against the free radicals in the body. These free radical actually cause damage to the body cells, which in turn weakens immunity, causes chronic inflammation and protect from several diseases such as diabetes, different cancers, heart disease etc.
Eases inflammation in joints
Arthritis mainly involves inflammation in the joints. Bromelain, the enzyme in pineapple, has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that may help in the treatment for osteoarthritis. (2)
Causes speedy recovery after surgery or strenous exercise
Pineapple consumption generally causes speedy recovery after surgery or after strenuous exercise, due to its enzyme Bromelin, which have anti-inflammatory properties, that seems to reduce inflammation, pain and swelling. (3)
Aids in weight loss
Bromelin, in pineapple, speeds up the digestion process, which in turn also boosts up your metabolic rate, and thus helps in weight loss.
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