Pineapple is one of those things you either love or hate. For those of you that hate it, you are missing out on one of the best fruits out there in terms of vitamin and mineral content. For those of you that love it like me, keep on eating it! Just for the heck of it, I prepared a list of some of the health benefits of pineapple. Fresh is always best, and frozen is a great option for shakes.
Bromelain – As I have mentioned before, Bromelain is a powerful anti-inflammatory, as well as being an anti cancer agent. It aids with digestion by helping with the breakdown of proteins. There have also been studies that the anti-inflammatory properties of Bromelain can battle oxidative stress which can lead to cognitive decline as we age.
Beta Carotene – As a member of the Carotenes family, beta carotene is responsible for giving fruit and vegetables their red and orange colouring. It is used by the body to produce retinol (Vitamin A). Vitamin A works within our bodies to keep our eyesight, mucous membranes, skin, and immune systems healthy. It also keeps our lungs healthy and has been shown to slow mental decline.
Vitamin C – I probably don’t have to explain this one as far as your immune system goes, but Vitamin C also helps in the prevention of cataracts and helps reduce the chances of developing coronary heart disease.
Copper – Copper is a key component in the proper absorption of iron. It also maintains our bone, blood vessel, and nerve health while helping to keep our immune systems strong.
Zinc – We rely on this mineral for a healthy metabolism and immune system, DNA synthesis, and proper growth and development.
Folate – This gem is responsible for our red and white blood cell production, the conversion of carbohydrates into energy, and the production of our DNA and RNA. As a side note, for anyone trying to start a family, Beta Carotene, Vitamin C, Copper, Zinc, and Folate have all been shown to help boost fertility.