Sunday, November 22, 2009

Fresh Pineapple Benefits

Bromelain is the key to a fresh pineapple's benefits.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, proteolytic means "breaks down protein", helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. For increased effectiveness, pineapples should be eaten between meals without other food.

Bromelain has been found to be a useful anti-inflammatory, effective in reducing swelling and assisting in the treatment of conditions such as; acute sinusitis, sore throat, arthritis, and gout.

Bromelain has also been found to help suppress coughs and loosen mucus. If you have a cold, with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet.

Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste. When picking out the perfect pineapple, they should feel heavy for their size. They should look, feel and smell clean and have no moldy marks on the outer surface.

Pineapples can be stored at room temperature, when cut, your pineapple should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Pineapples are also loaded with other vitamins and minerals, such as, calcium, potassium, vit. C, vit. A, and manganese. Manganese, a trace mineral, is needed for the development of strong bones and connective tissue. Just one cup of pineapple provides 73% of the daily recommended amount of manganese.