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Health Benefits of Pineapples

The Golden Fruit with the Magic Touch

Loaded with manganese, potassium and vitamin C, these summertime fruits aid with digestion and help in attaining a healthy heart

Pineapples, since long ago symbols of welcome and hospitality, indeed have a magic touch, bringing lots of good things to your body. Bromelain enzymes are what we are talking about. These enzymes are said to reduce inflammation, lower risk of thrombosis and contain cancer-fighting properties.

The health benefits of pineapples can also include better digestion, protection from macular degeneration and prevention of nausea. Pineapples contain high quantities of water-soluable antioxidants that reduce free radicals, which can be linked to asthma, diabetes, colon cancer and more severe joint pain in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The trick is to get ahold of a fresh fruit and eat it in its most natural state, as processing and especially cooking will destroy any of its benefits. The spiky fruit has come a long way from its original Paraguay. The good news is that you’d be hardpressed not to find pineapples at just about any market.

So what’s the big deal, you ask? Put briefly, here are some of the principal benefits of eating pineapples:

- High in vitamin C
- Good source of potassium
- Loaded with manganese
- Anti-inflammatory
- Aid in digestion
- Reduces blood clotting
- May help angina by removing plaque from arterial walls

Growing pineapples:
It’s easy to grow your own pineapples. If you are in the right climate zone, you can try your green thumb. Plus, gardening is good for the mind to boot.

Pineapple knowledge:
Learn more about the Ananas comosus from Purdue University.

Pineapple plantation experience:
Learn more about pineapple plantations in our travel feature on the Maui Pineapple Company.

More uses for pineapples:
Check out recipes, including cocktails, muffins and desserts.


(Updated: 01/12/11 CT)

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