Health and Wealth – Why eating Pineapple might be of huge Medicinal benefit to you
Medicinal Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapple [Ananas comosus (L.) Merr. Family:Bromeliaceae] is one of the most important commercial fruit crops in the world. It is known as the queen of fruits due to its excellent flavour and taste.
Thailand, Philippines, Brazil and China are the main pineapple producers in the world supplying nearly 50 % of the total output. Other important producers include India, Nigeria, Kenya, Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica and these countries provide most of the remaining fruit
Green pineapple is also used for making pickles. After extraction of its juice, the left over is used as livestock feed and also the tender leaves are used for the same purpose. Various food items like squash, syrup, jelly are produced from pineapple. Vinegar, alcohol, citric acid, calcium citrate etc. are also produced from pineapple. Pineapple is also recommended as medical diet for certain diseased persons.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists bromelain as a proteolytic digestive enzyme. When taken with meals, bromelain aids in the digestion of proteins, working to break proteins down into amino.
Pineapple is a wonderful tropical fruit having exceptional juiciness, vibrant tropical flavour and immense health benefits.
Pineapple contains considerable amount of calcium, potassium, vitamin carbohydrates, crude fibre, water and different minerals that is good for the digestive system and helps in maintaining ideal weight and balanced nutrition. Pineapple is a common fruit in Bangladesh and it has minimal fat and sodium It contains 10-25 mg of vitamin.
Pineapple composition has been investigated mainly in the edible portion. Pineapple contains 81.2 to 86.2% moisture, and 13-19% total solids, of which sucrose, glucose and fructose are the main components.
Carbohydrates represent up to 85% of total solids whereas fibre makes up for 2-3%.Of the organic acids, citric acid is the most abundant in it. The pulp has very low ash content, nitrogenous compounds and lipids (0.1%).
Pineapple fruits are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. One healthy ripe pineapple fruit can supply about 16.2% of daily requirement for vitaminC .
Vitamin C is the body’s primary water soluble antioxidant, against free radicals that attack and damage normal cells. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C supports the formation of collagen in bones, blood vessels, cartilage and muscle, as well as the absorption of iron. Vitamin C also retards the development of urinary tract infections during
pregnancy and reduces the risk of certain cancers, including colon, oesophagus and stomach.
Malic acid makes up 13 percent of pineapple juice’s acidic content. Malic acid is also beneficial for health. It boosts immunity; promotes smooth, firm skin; helps maintain oral health; and reduces the risk of
toxic metal poisoning .
Pineapple is also a good source of vitamin B1, vitamin B6, copper and dietary fibre. Pineapple is a digestive aid and a natural anti-inflammatory fruit. Fresh pineapples are rich in bromelain used for tenderizing meat. Pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which
digests food by breaking down protein. Only modest quantities of bromelain are in the edible parts of the fruit, all commercially available bromelain is derived from the stem.
Bromelain supplements are particularly popular among athletes for treating all sorts of physical aches and injuries.
Drinking pineapple juice can help hydrate the body and restore the immune system. It helps to build healthy bones.
Pineapples are rich in manganese, a trace mineral that is needed for body to build bone and connective tissues. One cup of pineapple provides 73% of the daily recommended
amount of manganese. The benefits of pineapple can affect the growth of bones in young people and the strengthening of bones in older people. Pineapple juice’s high manganese content means it is a good choice for boosting fertility through sperm quality.
Bromelain has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory effects, reducing swelling in inflammatory conditions such as acute sinusitis, sore throat, arthritis and gout and speeding recovery from injuries and surgery.
Pineapple enzymes have been used with success to treat rheumatoid arthritis and to speed tissue repair as a result of injuries, diabetic ulcers and general surgery.
Pineapple reduces blood clotting and helps remove plaque from arterial
walls. Pineapple enzymes may improve circulation in those with narrowed arteries, such as angina sufferers. Pineapples are used to help cure bronquitis and throat infections.
Pineapple is an excellent cerebral toner; it combats loss of memory, sadness and melancholy. For any kind of morning sickness, motion sickness or nausea, drinking pineapple juice is advised. It works effectively in getting rid of nausea and vomiting sensation. Pineapple is known to be very effective in curing constipation and irregular bowel movement. This is because it is rich in fibre, which makes bowel movements regular and easy.
Pineapple is effective in getting rid of intestinal worms and also keeps the intestines and kidneys clean. It helps prevent gum disease and also prevents the formation of plaque, thus keeping the teeth healthy. The flesh of very young (toxic) fruits is deliberately ingested to achieve and as a drastic treatment for venereal diseases. In Africa the dried, powdered root is a remedy for oedema.
The crushed rind is applied on fractures and the rind decoction with rosemary is applied on hemorrhoids.
Indians in Panama use the leaf juice as a purgative, emmenagogue and vermifuge
Pineapples pulp had average crude fibre content of 0.45±0.03g/100g . Fibre content of Indian pineapple had 0.5g/100g-fw in fruit Fibre helps to maintain the health of gastrointestinal tract, but in excess it may bind some trace element. The whole plant is used to treat typhoid fever.
Roasted unripe fruit juice is used by different communities of Gohpur of Sonitpur district, Assam, India for
strangury . Pineapple creates low blood pressure, cure inflammation disease, used for weight loss, control the death rate and prevent diabetes & radical damage. It cures the damaged teeth and makes them strong and healthy. Also help to cure sinusitis and throat problem. Cure different diseases like asthma, obesity, swollen in the body, problems of digestion and heart problem.
Pineapples are rich of manganese which creates strong bones and muscular body. Atherosclerosis and immune disease can be also cured due to high antioxidant. It does not let damage the cells of body, it is
so hot so it is used to ignore cold weather, also used for perfect powerful unbreakable body, prevent cancer, heart attack, nausea and gives the long natural hairs. Use to solve acne, wrinkles, age problem and create strong nails, soft lips and thick hair.
The Garo tribal community of Netrakona district in Bangladesh uses fruit juice for fever and leaf juice for helminthiasis and jaundice . Ananas comosus leaves have antihyperglycemic and analgesic properties. That can be use as a cheaper and alternative source of medicine for reducing high blood sugar level of diabetic patients .
The root and fruit are either eaten or applied topically as an anti-inflammatory and as a proteolytic agent. It is traditionally used as an anthelmintic agent in Tripura, India. A root decoction is used to treat diarrhoea. It is advised to take advantage of pineapple’s myriad healing powers, by drinking 3 ½ ounces of fresh pineapple juice three times daily before meals or by eating a slice of fresh pineapple at each meal. Phytochemical screening showed presence of alkaloids, flavonoids, saponins and tannins in the pineapple leave extract, which components can be responsible for the observed blood glucose lowering and analgesic effects .
One of the best known properties of pineapple is as a diuretic. This helps to eliminate toxins through the urine, helping patients with ailments of kidneys, bladder and prostate. Due
to the fiber content of the pulp, pineapple prevents constipation and regularizes the intestinal flora. Furthermore, there is evidence of appetite reducer, heart protection and aid for fever, sore throat and mouth aches and inflammation. Lightly boiled ground pineapple can be used to clean infected wounds because it eliminates dead tissues, not affecting live tissue, acts as disinfectant.
Pineapple is a rich source of vitamin C as well as other vitamins and fibre. Pineapple’s bromelin stimulates digestion and the proper performance of the small intestine and kidneys; it helps in detoxification, normalizes colonic flora, helps in hemorrhoid alleviation, and prevents and corrects constipation. It has been used to heal colds, mouth, throat and bronchial infections. Cooked peel cleans blood and alleviates swellings. Juice helps to cure cystitis, and fevers.
WRITTEN BY CHUKWU EMMANUEL.