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Health Benefits Of Hawaiian Pineapple
Anti-Inflammatory And Digestive Benefits:
Pineapples are believed to be an eating cure for Arthritis. Scientists have long known that some foods reduce inflammation. Others will make it worse.
Bromelain (a complex mixture of substances found in the core of a pineapple) can be extracted from the stem and core fruit of the pineapple. Studies have shown that Bromelain has a wide variety of health benefits, and that many of these benefits may not be related to the different enzymes found in this extract.
Excessive inflammation, excessive coagulation of the blood, and certain types of tumor growth may all be reduced by therapeutic doses of bromelain when taken as a dietary supplement.
Bromelain extracts can be obtained from both the fruit core and stems of pineapple.
Potentially important chemical differences appear to exist between extracts obtained from the stem versus the core fruit. Healthcare practitioners have reported improved digestion in their patients with an increase in pineapple consumption as a "fruit of choice" with their meal plan.
Pineapples Contain Antioxidant Protection And Provide Immune Support:
Vitamin C is the body's primary water-soluble antioxidant, defending all watery 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.
Recent reports also suggest that Alzheimer's Disease may be linked to a form of Diabetes of the brain.
Vitamin C is vital for the proper function of the immune system, making it a nutrient to turn to for the prevention of recurrent infections and colds. It is also reported that Vitamin C will strength Arterial walls.
Manganese And Thiamin (Vitamin B1):
Need Energy? Pineapple's are an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.
For example, the key oxidative enzyme super oxide dismutase, which disarms free radicals produced within the mitochondria (the energy production factories within our cells), requires manganese. Just one cup of fresh pineapple supplies 128.0% of the DV for this very important trace mineral.
In addition to manganese, pineapple is a good source of thiamin, a B vitamin that acts as a cofactor in enzymatic reactions central to energy production.
Pineapple's Protect Against Macular Degeneration:
Your mother may have told you carrots would keep your eyes bright as a child, but as an adult, it looks like fruit is even more important for keeping your sight.
While Vitamin A is still important, data reported in a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.
In the study, it was shown that fruit intake was definitely protective against the severe form of vision-destroying disease. Three servings of fruit may sound like a lot to eat each day, but pineapple can help you reach this goal.
Add fresh Hawaiian pineapple to your morning smoothie, lunch time yogurt, any fruit and most vegetable salads.
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