April 27, 2020

Superpowers of Pineapple

Pineapples are not only a delicious tropical fruit perfect for the warmer months, but also packs a powerful, nutritional punch that can Change Your Life.

This tropical fruit has been around for centuries with a distinctive taste, along with multiple health benefits. Pineapple can boost your immune system, improve your skin from within, aids in digestion, can help you maintain lower weight, and the list goes on! It's also an anti-inflammatory, even helping reduce coughs and colds.

Pineapple belongs to the Bromeliaceae plant family and is a composite fruit that grows at the crown of a fruiting tree. The tropical fruit acquired it's name due to its unique appearance, similar to pine cones.

Pineapple has a very high nutrient and vitamin content, making this fruit a powerhouse to include in your diet. It contains potassium, bromelain, protein, carbohydrates, sugar, and fiber, which all benefits your digestion and blood sugar levels. This fruit has high traces of vitamin A, vitamin B5 and B6, vitamin C, beta-carotene, thiamin, and folate.

It contains important minerals to benefit the body such as copper, potassium, manganese, calcium, sodium, and magnesium. Better yet, pineapples are a low  calorie fruit and contains a high water percentage. Always consume something in moderation, but this fruit makes a perfect addition to a weight loss food plan, or part of any diet!

You can enjoy this fruit sliced and served on its own or with other fruit, add to any dish (breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack) eat it dried, grilled, frozen, blended, juiced, covered in yogurt or chocolate, crushed, there's so many possibilities! Pineapple can also be used while baking as an alternative to added sugar. It makes a great addition to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks too. Pro tip: slice the leaves off of the pineapple and keep it upside-down on the counter or in the fridge for an hour before serving it up. If you purchase canned pineapple, make sure the fruit is packed in its own juice without added sugars.

Pineapple is rich in antioxidants and a great source of flavonoids, which plays an important role in fighting oxidative stress in the body. Antioxidants can also prevent cancer cells from developing in your body. This fruit is also loaded with vitamin C and is known to help in reducing illnesses and boosting the immune system by stimulating the activity of the white blood cells in the body.

This fruit is high in bromelain and vitamin C, boosting and supporting your immune system. Pineapples can help treat certain respiratory illnesses, allergies, and reduces mucus build up. You will also notice it can aid in digestion, constipation, upset stomach, and irritable bowel syndrome. High vitamin C content in pineapple assists in healing wounds and injuries more quickly. It will also help the appearance of your skin looking fresh and glowy.

Most importantly, pineapple will reduce inflammation starting from within, which will change your life. Pineapple has the ability to reduce joint inflammation and within muscles. This is helpful especially for those suffering from chronic diseases like arthritis.

Remember the power of pineapple the next time you're making that grocery list. This affordable fruit is loaded with health benefits to make you glow from the inside out!

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