By far, one of the best fruit fragrances is that of pineapple. And therefore we all love pineapple, kids and adults alike. But eating pineapple is a bit tricky. You just can’t bite in it like you do to fruits like an apple or guava. Comparatively drinking pineapple juice is easier, of course, for those who just drink it, not for the person who makes it. But besides being so tasty, pineapple is extremely healthy. And its juice offers all its health benefits. Earth’s Wisdom today wants to share the amazing health benefits of pineapple juice.
A remarkable thing about pineapple juice is that it’s so sweet that it needs no added sugar. If you buy pineapple juice at a juice bar, they will only add ascorbic acid alias vitamin C which is added to protect the color and flavor of the juice. If you don’t want it added to the juice, you can choose to juice a pineapple on your own.
However, remember to avoid the juice-like pineapple drinks available in the market which are not actually juice, but only flavored sugar water and are of course not at all healthy.
An 8-ounce cup of unsweetened pineapple juice has 33 milligrams calcium, 30 mg magnesium and 130 calories. Even though ascorbic acid is not added, the juice originally contains 25 mg vitamin C which is one third of the daily recommended intake for women (75mg) and more than 25% for men (90mg). Plus, it also has 0.78mg of iron (10% of RDI for men; however, RDI for women is quite higher i.e. 18mg).
Vitamin C in pineapple juice may protect you against heart disease. Studies show that higher intake of vitamin C reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.
Vitamin C also protects vision. According to the latest research, higher the vitamin C intake, less is the risk of cataract.
Pineapple is the only known major food source of bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme, i.e. it metabolizes protein. A study has shown that pineapple can be helpful in treating sports injuries, due to the anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain which include reduction of bruising and swelling. Bromelain also acts a scavenger enzyme i.e. it cleans up damaged cells. It also contains compounds that prevent clotting of blood.
Research shows that bromelain in pineapple can act as a potent anticancer agent. It may work in harmony with chemotherapy to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. The fruit and its juice also contain beta-carotene that offers protection against colon cancer and prostate cancer.
Pineapple juice is packed with beneficial nutrients like beta carotene, vitamin C, zinc, folate and copper, many of which can increase fertility in both women and men.
Pineapple juice is great for digestion and reduces constipation and bloating. Here too bromelain plays a role. It breaks down protein quicker and helps speed up digestion and thus reduces constipation and bloating.
Pineapple juice offers another magnificent benefits i.e. it offers manganese. A large part of population is deficient in this mineral which is important to fight aging and diseases because it protects cells from free radicals.
Because of the anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain, some studies suggest that pineapple juice can be beneficial for treating osteoarthritis.
Many studies show that beta carotene in pineapple juice may lessen the risk of exercise-induced asthma.
All in all, you should take benefit of the juice of this amazing fruit and enjoy the health it would offer you.
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