Monday, January 16, 2017

Pineapple Ahoy!



Today's articles were culled and edited for you from WorldHealth.net
When you think of pineapples you think of tropical beaches, fruity tiki drinks with little umbrellas and warm waves lapping at your toes.  Or maybe it's where you think pine nuts come from.  Pineapples are also a powerhouse health food.  Among the numerous health benefits a cup a day of delicious pineapple is a strong anti aging component.  If your reading this that means you're alive which also means you're aging so read on and discover...

Nine Reasons to Start Eating Pineapple
Posted on Dec. 14, 2016

1. Magnesium and Vitamin B are two nutrients that gradually decrease over the years, and eating some pineapple daily can help to counteract these deficiencies. Thiamine, potassium, riboflavin and antioxidants help to support heart and brain health are nutrients also found in the fruit. 

2. Testosterone is the hormone that is responsible for the development of male characteristics. While both men and women have testosterone, it is much higher in adult males. Sometimes men have testosterone levels that are inadequate, so their libido and strength levels are too low. This deficiency could be improved by adding pineapple to the diet since the nutrients it supplies supports healthy testosterone levels.

3. A full daily dose of Vitamin C that supports a healthy immune system is found in one cup of pineapple. This essential nutrient helps to reduce inflammation and swelling after surgery, and also helps to alleviate pain and swelling caused by injuries. Healthy skin requires the support of antioxidants and Vitamin C to prevent damage from free radicals, and pineapple promotes collagen production to keep the skin plump and flexible.

4. Certain illnesses such as heart disease and cancer become more likely with advancing age, but the antioxidants and health promoting nutrients found in pineapple fight free radicals that are responsible for age related conditions.

5. A digestive system that works properly is essential for optimum health, and the bromelain in pineapple works to break down proteins while the fiber provided helps to cleanse the colon and relieve constipation. Pineapple is the only natural source of bromelain.
6. Few conditions negatively affect a healthy lifestyle more than respiratory problems. The bromelain in pineapple can relieve asthma symptoms and also help to prevent people from developing the condition.

7. High blood pressure is a common ailment that can be hereditary, age-related or caused by obesity. Bromelain is a natural blood thinner that can be used to replace aspirin with a doctor's approval.
8. Pineapple boosts fertility for couples who are planning to have a child. The fruit is high in beta-carotene, Vitamin C, folate, zinc and copper which are all known to increase fertility in both males and females.

9. Pineapple is high in phosphorous, a mineral that is necessary for the growth of healthy bones and teeth. Most people believe that getting enough calcium ensures their bones will be strong and healthy, but the combination of phosphorous and calcium is required for great bone health.

Now, let's talk about that super enzyme, Bromelain.  

Bromelain (Pineapple enzyme)
Posted on Dec. 30, 2005

Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme (an enzyme that digests proteins) found in fresh pineapple. It is often used to treat muscle injuries and as a digestive aid.

ROLE IN ANTI-AGING:
Bromelain is a natural anticoagulant that works by breaking down the blood-clotting protein fibrin. This may help to explain why results of at least two clinical trials suggest that the enzyme can help to improve the symptoms of angina and thrombophlebitis. As well as thinning the blood, bromelain also thins mucus, and thus may be of benefit to asthmatics and people suffering from chronic bronchitis. There is also evidence that bromelain can trigger beneficial changes in white blood cells, and thus may improve immune function. However, whether or not the enzyme would be beneficial to immunocompromised people has not been established clinically. Bromelain has potent 

anti-inflammatory properties and therefore may be useful in promoting the healing of minor muscle injuries such as sprains and strains. Results of one study also found evidence to suggest that it can help to improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. When applied topically it may help to speed wound healing. There has also been some suggestion that bromelain has anti-cancer properties, although this has not been proven. Several recent studies have linked chronic inflammation to cancer, thus any anti-cancer action of bromelain could be due to it anti-inflammatory properties. The enzyme may also enhance the effect of the antibiotics amoxicillin, erythromycin, penicillamine, and penicillin. In a study of people with urinary tract infections,100% of participants given antibiotics in combination with bromelain and another enzyme called trypsin were cured of their infection, compared with just 46% who received antibiotics alone.

Bromelain aids digestion by enhancing the effects of the digestive enzymes trypsin and pepin. It can also help to prevent heartburn by ease diarrhea, if either are caused by a deficiency of digestive enzymes. Bromelain supplements often contain a plant pigment called quercetin. The two substances are found in combination simply because they enhance each other’s antiinflammatory actions, and that bromelain appears to improve quercetin absorption.

SIDE EFFECTS/CONTRAINDICATIONS:
Bromelain is generally regarded as being safe and side effect-free when taken as directed. However, some people may be allergic to bromelain as it is derived from pineapple. Bromelain is not recommended for people with active gastric or duodenal ulcers. People taking anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin should not take supplementary bromelain without consulting their physician.

As you can see, pineapples are great for so much more than fun little drinks on faraway beaches so have yourself a tiki party and add a cup a day or at least every few days to your diet to reap the benefits of a nifty superfood.  

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