Pineapple is much more than a delicious treat; it is loaded with essential nutrients and antioxidants that protect your cells from damage caused by exposure to harmful substances. Bromelain, a mixture of substances found in pineapple, has been shown to reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth, and prevent excessive blood clotting when given in therapeutic doses.
Eating this superfood and other fruits may also protect your eyes against macular degeneration, according to a study published in the June 2004 issue of “Archives of Ophthalmology.” The substances found in pineapple also aid in energy production and provide support for the immune system.
Many of the health benefits of pineapple come from its high vitamin C content. Your body uses vitamin C to protect your DNA and other molecules from damage caused by reactive oxygen species and free radicals. You also need vitamin C to produce collagen and enhance iron absorption. Pineapple is an excellent source of manganese, a mineral needed to form strong bones, connective tissue, and sex hormones. Manganese helps regulate your blood sugar level, aids in calcium absorption, and plays a role in carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Other nutrients found in pineapple include:
- Fiber, critical for digestion and weight loss (for even more fiber, try brazil nuts)
- Folic acid, important for red blood cell production and helps prevent Alzheimer’s
- Pantothenic acid, needed for energy production and fat metabolism
- Vitamin B1, or thiamin is food for the nervous system and reduces risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
- Vitamin B6, critical for brain health and metabolism of carbs
- Copper, is needed for tissue strength in bones and blood cells
This article first appeared on Healthy Living 93 blog.