Read the next sentence carefully, because it may burst your bubble. Contrary to popular belief, pineapples did not originate in Hawaii.
In fact, Christopher Columbus brought the first pineapples back to Europe after one of his expeditions to South America, which is where they are believed to have originated from. Thankfully, that fun fact doesn’t change the sweet and juicy taste of the delicious tropical fruit.
Not only is pineapple the perfect addition to a smoothie, a stir fry dish, a tangy guacamole or a fruit bowl, it turns out that it boasts a long list of health benefits.
Just in case you needed a few more reasons to eat pineapple, here are 8 amazing health benefits of consuming the juicy fruit:
1. Acts as an Anti-inflammatory
Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme – one that breaks down proteins. Yes, this is in a fruit, but the bromelain content is highest in the stem and core of a pineapple. Studies have shown that bromelain has a wide variety of health benefits, including the ability to reduce inflammation.
2. Supports the Immune System
A single serving of pineapple provides around 130% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C, making it one of the most abundant (and most delicious) food sources! Vitamin C stimulates the activity of white blood cells to boost the immune system and protect against illness or disease.
3. Reduces Arthritis Pain
Pineapple is largely praised for its ability to reduce joint and muscle inflammation, including inflammation that is associated with arthritis, thanks to the bromelain in the fruit.
4. Aids in Digestion
Pineapples are rich in fiber. They actually contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber helps food pass through the digestive tract, and it also helps to treat digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation or irritable bowel syndrome.
5. Supports Bone Health
No, pineapples are not rich in calcium. They are however, rich in magnesium, which is a mineral that is essential for bone health, growth and repair. A single serving of pineapple provides about 70% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium.
6. Aids in Oral Health
The powerful astringent properties in pineapple help to strengthen gums and protect teeth. The astringent tightens bodily tissues to prevent tooth loss. They’re often used as a natural remedy for loose teeth and gum retraction.
7. Regulates Blood Pressure
One of the minerals in pineapple is potassium, an essential mineral for the body. It acts as a vasodilator to reduce stress and tension in blood vessels, which stimulates blood circulation and prevents clotting.
8. Helps to Heal a Cold
Vitamin C isn’t the only element in pineapples that can fight a cough or cold. Bromelain reduces mucus in the respiratory tract and sinus cavities to clear up congestion and help you get rid of your cold.
The powerful antioxidants in pineapples also help protect the body against cancer and other illnesses. Many swear by pineapple to help protect the skin from looking aged due to sunlight and wrinkles. The alpha hydroxy acids in the fruit are commonly used in anti-wrinkle creams to rejuvenate skin. So if you’re looking to brighten up your skin and possibly reduce the signs of aging, pineapple might just be your new go-to. The ways to incorporate pineapple into your diet are almost endless! Check out the video below for a avocado pineapple smoothie recipe: