Pineapples are eaten fresh, juiced, cooked and preserved and are members of the bromeliad family, and one of the few bromeliads to produce edible fruit, according to the biology department at Union County College (1).
The fruit is actually made of many individual berries that fuse together around a central core.
Each pineapple scale is an individual berry.
Pineapples are a delicious tropical fruit and its nutritional benefits are fascinating.
Pineapple has a numerous health and medicinal benefits which include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, aids digestion, aids weight loss, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, increase heart health, fight off infections and parasites, support the immune system, and increase circulation.
Nutritional Value of Pineapples
Aside from the interesting story and appearance of this fruit, it is also a storehouse of huge health benefits due to its wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Keep reading as we bring 12 Amazing Health Benefits of Pineapples to you 🙂
1. Pineapples Boost Immune System
A single serving of pineapple contains half of the daily-recommended value of vitamin C, for human beings, making it one of the richest and most delicious sources of ascorbic acid (4).
Vitamin C is mainly associated with reducing illness and boosting the immune system by stimulating the activity of white blood cells and acting as an antioxidant to defend against the harmful effects of free radicals, (5).
Free radicals are dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism that can damage various organ systems and disrupt function, as well as cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous ones.
2. It Aids Digestion
Like most fruits, pineapples are a rich source of fiber, but they are special in that they contain both soluble and insoluble fiber (6).
This means that eating a healthy amount of pineapples can protect you from a vast amount of health conditions, including constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, atherosclerosis and blood clotting, as well as blood pressure.
Fiber can bulk up your stool, which promotes the passage of food through the digestive tract at a normal rate and also stimulates the release of gastric and digestive juices to help food dissolve.
Furthermore, it bulks up a loose stool, which helps with diarrhea and IBS. Fiber also strips the blood vessels clean of excess cholesterol and eliminate it from the body, thereby boosting cardiovascular health.