Everyone knows that pineapples are a great source of energy and many others know that they are a great source of key vitamins like A and C. But did you also know that they’re a great source of lesser known micronutrients and a crucial enzyme called bromelain?
Let’s talk about the less well known nutrients:
It’s also fairly well known that Calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone health and the prevention of osteoporosis; however what is less known is the role of manganese. Pineapple is an excellent source of manganese that helps to develop strong bones and connective tissues. In addition, pineapples are also an excellent source of copper which promotes wound healing, hemoglobin production and to prevent osteoporosis, thyroid problems, anemia and leukopenia.
And finally, Bromelain! You might have heard of the wonderful benefits this enzyme has to help with digestion, but there’s more. This proteolytic enzyme that is only found in pineapples and it has been used since the late 1800s to treat inflammation. There are some studies looking at the potential benefits of bromelain in treating patients with colitis and cancer. A rare disease known as Hereditary Angioedema has been shown to reduce symptoms of swelling. The University of Maryland Medical Center lists bromelain as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent to treat the following: surgery, sprains, strains, tendinitis, wounds, burns, sinusitis, arthritis and infection.
Now that you know all of the unique benefits to pineapples, it’s a good idea to start incorporating it into your diet on a daily or weekly basis. This recipe can be enjoyed as a smoothie, slushy, ice cream or sorbet. This smooth and creamy method is a very easy way to incorporate more pineapples into your daily lives and all you need is 1 ingredient!
Cut the pineapple into chunks, put half into the refrigerator and the other half into the freezer for 2 hours or overnight. Use a high powered blender or a food processor to mix the frozen and unfrozen pineapples and you’re done.
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This information should not be substituted as medical advice; consult a doctor first.