When I think of pineapples, I’ll always think of Hawaii. We call this paradise home every year when we vacation as a family, and eating lots of pineapples (and papayas, passion fruit, bananas, and more) is a daily tradition. Pineapples are nutrient dense, a historically famous natural remedy, and low in calories. Pineapples are one of my favorite fruits ever, and learning about the many impressive health benefits to eating pineapple makes me a full on evangelist for this powerhouse fruit. Learn more about the life changing health benefits to eating pineapple below.
12 Life Changing Health Benefits of Eating Pineapple
Immunity Booster: Pineapples have the health benefit of meeting over 50% of our recommended daily dose of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant against cell damage, joint deterioration, and heart disease.
Full of Antioxidants: Pineapples are exceptional sources of bound antioxidants – flavonoids and phenolic acids. These bound antioxidants are stronger in harsher body conditions and longer lasting antioxidants to fight against oxidative stress which can cause chronic inflammation, compromised immune system, and serious diseases.
Sinus Infection & Allergy Remedy: Pineapples are rich in Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme that is known for breaking down protein. Bromelain has been known to help reduce coughs from colds, nasal mucus from sinusitis, and provide allergy and hay fever relief.
Increases Energy: Feeling sluggish? Snack on some pineapple! Pineapples contain high amounts of thiamin, a B vitamin that is key to our body’s energy production process.
Anti-Inflammatory: Pineapple’s notable proteolytic enzyme bromelain is what makes pineapple one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory foods for our bodies.
Strengthens Bones: Did you know one glass of pineapple juice has approximately 75% of our recommended daily dose of the mineral manganese, which is known to strengthen our bones and connecting tissue? Manganese is key to osteoporosis prevention.
Improves Gut Health: Pineapples are famous for their high levels of fiber and water content, which can prevent constipation in our bodies and establish healthy digestion.
Lowers Blood Pressure: Pineapples are also known to help lower high blood pressure levels, thanks to pineapple’s potassium to sodium ratio. Potassium-rich diets help relax blood vessels and support healthy blood pressure levels.
Can Help Prevent Cancer: Pineapple’s bound antioxidants are more effective against oxidative stress. Pineapple’s most notable enzyme, Bromelain, has been shown to limit cancer cell growth.
Improves Fertility: One of the most popular myths mentions eating Pineapple after IVF to improve the implantation success rate. This claim is unproven, but pineapple’s exceptionally high nutritional value of Vitamin C had been connected to improving fertility in women with PCOS (which is associated with low levels of Vitamin C) and improving sperm quality in male smokers.
Supports Eye Health: Pineapple is a solid source of beta carotene, which our bodies turn into Vitamin A, an essential vitamin for eye health and vision. In addition, high amounts of vitamin C, anti-oxidants, and minerals manganese and potassium makes Pineapple exceptionally effective against cell damage and reduces the risk of eye diseases like macular degeneration.
Improves Our Mental Health: Pineapple is a great source of tryptophan, an amino acid used by our bodies to produce adequate levels of serotonin, a key hormone to happiness – good mood, positive energy levels – and as a result is a preventative against anxiety and depression.
What are some of your favorite pineapple recipes? Cakes, juice, ice cream, cookies? Tell us below!