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Health Benefits of Pineapples

By on Jan 9, 2011

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Discover the health benefits of pineapplesPineapples are not only delicious, they also have offer a variety of fantastic health benifits. They have outstanding succulence and a vivacious tropical flavour that tastes both sweet and sour. As you get closer to the bottom of the fruit, it has more sugar, is sweeter and a softer quality.

One of the most important enzymes to be found in pineapples is called bromelain which is a useful anti-inflammatory. This is helpful in reducing swelling and assisting in the treatment of conditions such as acute sinusitis, sore throat, arthritis and gout.

For a pineapple to be more effective, it should be eaten in between meals without anything else. Another bromelain property found in pineapple can also help with digestion.

Pineapples contain a very good source of vitamin C; this offers an excellent protection against free-radicals, substances that attack healthy cells. As we all know, vitamin C is vital for the prevention of ear infections, colds, and flu.

A build up of free-radicals can lead to atherosclerosis, diabetes. Heart disease, an increase in asthma attacks and an increased risk of developing certain cancers, like colon cancer. Free-radicals have also been shown to emphasize the problems associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Pineapples also contain a good source of manganese. Manganese is a mineral essential in some of the enzymes needed in the body for energy production. Thiamine (vitamin B1) which again is important in these energy producing enzymes is also found in pineapples.

Molecules found in the stems of pineapples have been found to be beneficial in acting as a defence against certain types of cancer such as breast, colon, ovarian, skin, and lung cancer.