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Peace, Love, and Pineapples.



Pineapples are one of my favorite fruits simply because it is so delicious. After I learned about the properties of pineapple I began to love it even more. It is now my favorite fruit to eat/drink while I am sick or after I get sick.


Pineapples are packed with many vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C and Magnesium. As you may already know Vitamin C is essential for the growth and development of the immune system. Magnesium is important to maintain normal nerve and muscle function.


Pineapples are rich in antioxidants known as flavonoids and phenolic acids. Flavonoids and phenolic acids are anti-inflammatory and are known to protect cells from oxidative damage.


Pineapples also contain the enzyme bromelain. Bromelain has anti-inflammatory, antithrombotic, and fibrinolytic effects. It is known for its anticancer activity and immunomodulatory effects. In addition to being a wound healing and circulatory improvement agent. (2) Please note that bromelain degrades when heated so boiled and canned pineapple do not contain this enzyme. (3)






- Temperature:
Neutral
- Flavor:
Sweet and Sour





Benefits:

  • Boosts your immune system

  • Removes summer heat - treats sunstrokes (1)

  • Thirst-quenching

  • Diuretics

  • Treats indigestion

  • Anorexia

  • Diarrhea

  • Edema

  • Increases digestive ability and destroys worms.


 


My favorite way to drink pineapple juice is by mixing it with some cool-down ginger "tea."


If you dont have access to fresh pineapple juice you could always buy some at the store. Below are my two favorite store-bought juices:



  • Trader Joes 100% Pineapple Juice (Right)

  • Lakewood Organic Pineapple Ginger Juice (Below)









Sources:

(1) Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition by Paul Pitchford · 2002

(2) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27602208/

(3) Foods, Dole. Encyclopedia of Foods : A Guide to Healthy Nutrition. 2002

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