It wasn’t this common and cheap in Nigeria before.Not that Nigerians don’t like pineapple but ,it was not easily available and also affordable as it is now even in the cities.
I think the aggressive agricultural revolution is the reason behind this.Well,enough of that.Lets talk about what we can benefit from taking pineapple either whole or juice.I will also tell you how to prepare the juice and make it so refreshing.
Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart.Pineapple juice contains enzymes that can help digest proteins and offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Depending on whether you buy natural juice, or it has extra vitamin C added, just one serving of pineapple juice provides 30 to over 100 percent of your daily vitamin C. For the best health benefits, look for fresh ONES.
1.Has Anti-Inflammatory Properties
You may never have heard that pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties.Bromelain is a complex mixture of substances that can be extracted from the stem and core fruit of the pineapple. Among dozens of components known to exist in this crude extract, the best studied components are a group of protein-digesting enzymes (called cysteine proteinases). Bromelain helps reduce inflammation and pain following surgery and encourages the healing of bruises, according to New York University’s Langone Medical Center. It may also help reduce inflammation caused by sinusitis. As an enzyme, bromelain promotes good digestion by helping the body break down proteins.
One cup of pineapple juice contains 11 percent of your recommended daily allowance of folate and 19 percent of vitamin B-6. Both of these vitamins help reduce levels of homocysteine in your blood. High levels of homocysteine increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
A 1-cup serving of canned pineapple juice supplies almost 30 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. If it has ascorbic acid added, you’ll get more than 100 percent of your daily allowance. Vitamin C functions as a natural antioxidant and helps keep your immune system healthy. Your body body can’t make collagen without vitamin C. Collagen is a protein used to build bones and to make connective tissues that strengthen and support your skin, blood vessels, tendons and ligaments. Vitamin C also helps the body metabolize fats and produce neurotransmitters, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.
4.Antioxidant Protection and Immune Support
Vitamin C is the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant, defending all aqueous areas of the body against free radicals that attack and damage normal cells. Free radicals have been shown to promote the artery plaque build-up of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, cause the airway spasm that leads to asthma attacks, damage the cells of the colon so they become colon cancer cells, and contribute to the joint pain and disability seen in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This would explain why diets rich in vitamin C have been shown to be useful for preventing or reducing the severity of all of these conditions. In addition, vitamin C is vital for the proper function of the immune system, making it a nutrient to turn to for the prevention of recurrent ear infections, colds, and flu.
Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular and in keeping your intestines healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic. But unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, possibly helping digestion, according to the American Cancer Society.
Potassium is an electrolyte, which means that it carries an electrical charge. In this role, it stimulates nerve impulses and muscle contractions. It also helps regulate your heart beat. Another important job filled by potassium is its ability to lower blood pressure. Eating too much salt increases your blood pressure, but if you get enough potassium every day, it can help offset the damage from salt. Adults should consume 4,700 milligrams of potassium daily.
How To Prepare Pineapple Juice
Pineapple juice is a delicious and healthy drink. It contains bromelain, which aids digestion, making it ideal for finishing a meal. Pineapple juice is also filled with vitamin C. When you make juice yourself, you do not have to put in so much sugar. Your juice will be free of preservatives, but most importantly, the juice will be fresh and nutritious.
1.Cut the leaf top off from the pineapple, then trim the skin from the sides.
3.Put the small pieces of pineapple into the blender/juicer.
4.Add 2 teaspoons of sugar. This step is optional, but a little sweetness helps to offset the slight tartness of the pineapple.
5.Blend for about 1-3 minutes. The time spent blending depends on how chunky you want it to be.
6.Pour the blended pineapple juice in the glass. Stop filling the glass before it overflows. Serve and enjoy.
7.You can keep in the refrigerator for a while and serve it cool.