Fresh pineapples are a special fruit in our home. Mostly because I don’t buy it often. Not because they are horrible tasting, in fact we all devour them as soon as they are cut all pretty in a bowl, but for other reasons entirely. For one, it is a more expensive fruit. Second, I have to cut it all “special” and stuff. And last, I like the fruit that I can send the kids into the kitchen to get for themselves that they can grab and go. Bananas, apples, pears, etc. Those make it into my basket each week. Pineapples catch my attention only when there is a big sign announcing the sale of the juicy goodness.
All this to say, why bother with a pineapple? According to NaturalNews.com, pineapples may be one of the most healthful foods available today. pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis. The juice has an *anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms. *anthelmintic 1. vermifugal; destructive to worms. 2. vermicide or vermifuge; an agent destructive to worms.
- Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue.
- Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.
Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory. Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It produces mild pain relief.
Fresh pineapple is not only high in vitamin C, but because of the bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucus in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet.
An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice.
It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.
Pineapple Ginger Smoothie Recipe
1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple
1/2 cup greek yogurt (I used vanilla, but you can choose your favorite flavor)
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
1/2 cup ice
1/2 cup pineapple juice or water
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.