Monday 10 August, 2020

Botanical Roots: Why you should eat pineapple

Sweet cocktail with pineapple. (Photo: istock)

Sweet cocktail with pineapple. (Photo: istock)

In this era of the coronavirus, consuming vitamin C-rich foods which boost the immune system is essential in the fight to stay virus free.

One such natural food is the pineapple.

Pineapples originated in South America. The fruit is packed with nutrients, antioxidants and other helpful compounds such as enzymes that can fight inflammation and disease.

Pineapples are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are especially rich in vitamin C, zinc and manganese.

Eating pineapple significantly boosts the immune system, giving you a fighting chance against the debilitating effects of diseases such as the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which has the world on edge.

Pineapple consumption can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Many of the antioxidants in pineapple are bound, so they may have longer lasting effects.

Pineapples contain a group of digestive enzymes which break down protein molecules into amino acids and small peptides which are more easily absorbed across the small intestine.

Several studies have shown that pineapple and its compounds may reduce the risk of cancers. This is because the fruit minimises oxidative stress, reduces inflammation, eliminates certain cancer cells and aid white blood cell function.

Eating pineapples may reduce the time it takes to recover from surgery or exercise. This is largely due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Apart from reducing inflammation, eating pineapples also aids in reducing swelling, bruising and pain that often occurs after surgery.

That apart, pineapples are sweet, succulent and easy to incorporate into your diet. Don’t forget that boiling the skin and using the liquid is also a very good base for your fruit juices.

This is the era of coronavirus, give your system a fighting chance by consuming this great gift of nature.

Some of this content was sourced from www.healthline.com

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