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Pineapple Health Benefits

Pineapple is a source of important vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium and antioxidants and polyphenols, such as beta-carotene.

 

The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form (as in a pineapple) or applied topically, can help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution, reduce wrinkles and improve overall skin texture.

 

Vitamin C also plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin.

 

Antioxidant-rich diets have been shown to improve fertility.

 

Because free radicals also can damage the reproductive system, foods with high antioxidant activity like pineapples that battle free radicals are recommended for those trying to conceive.

 

The antioxidants in pineapple such as vitamins C, beta-carotene and the vitamins and minerals and copper, zinc and folate have properties that affect both male and female fertility.

 

Pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which has been used in studies to determine its effectiveness in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation and inhibit tumour growth.

 

The fruit is described as compound (multiple) type of fruit that develops from many small fruits fused together around central core.

 

Its pulp is juicy and fleshy with the stem serving as a supporting fibrous core.

 

The outer skin features rough, tough, scaly rind. The colour in the ripe fruits may change to yellow, orange-yellow or reddish.

 

The fruit’s wide-ranging benefits include immune system support, protein digestion and bone strength.

 

It can even help relieve symptoms of the common cold. Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular.

 

Excessive consumption of pineapple may cause swelling or tenderness on your lips, tongue or inner cheeks.

 

This is because bromelain also has meat-tenderizing properties.

 

The condition should cease within a few hours, but if it does not, or if you experience a rash, hives or breathing difficulties, you should seek a medical help immediately.

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