If there is one fruit you should not do without it is definitely ‘pineapple’. Asides its nutritional benefits, pineapples are one of the few fruits with a pleasant sweet smell. Just the smell of the fruit entices your taste buds and causes you to salivate. Try buying one after reading this and give your nose some treat.

Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is relished because of its unique aroma and sweet taste. It is an edible fruit with great economic significance from the botanical family of Bromeliaceae.

Eye-opening benefits of Pineapple

Antioxidant Properties: Antioxidants are compounds found in food that can help fight inflammation and free radicals in the body”, Knott says. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), “free radicals are molecules that can cause cellular damage and lead to health”. Pineapple is a great source of antioxidants, specifically phenolics, flavonoids, and vitamin C.

Anti-cancer: As a strong source of vitamin C (a strong antioxidant), pineapple helps to fight the formation of free radicals in the body which cause the formation of cancerous cells in the body.

Anti-inflammatory: Pineapple contains a high level of an anti-inflammatory compound called bromelain. According to a study published in Biomedical Reports (2016), pineapple’s bromelain content is the reason for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Immunity booster: Pineapple contains high levels of vitamin C which helps to boost the body’s immunity.

Diabetes: It has been found that diabetes patients with type 1 diabetes who take in high-fiber content fruit like pineapple have lowered blood glucose levels and patients with type 2 diabetes may have increased insulin, lipids, and blood sugar levels. A medium pineapple provides about 13 grams of fiber.

Digestion: Pineapples, because of their fiber and water content, help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract. Pineapples are also rich in bromelain, an enzyme that helps the body digest proteins. Bromelain also reduces inflammatory immune cells, called cytokines that damage the digestive tract lining. The inedible stems are the most concentrated source of bromelain, which can be extracted and is readily available in supplement form.

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