There are all sorts of regular fruits out there, and then there are a few super-fruits.
Pineapple is one of the super-fruits that you should be consuming on a regular basis to help maintain optimal health.
The challenge with regular pineapple is that it’s green when you buy it (most of the time). Then when it does finally ripen, you have to eat it pretty fast, or it starts to ferment.
The reason it does this is also the reason it’s so good for you in many ways other than just its nutrient profile. It’s because it’s chock full of enzymes. Once those enzymes start to turn, they begin to degrade the pineapple very quickly.
Luckily, you can solve all this by keeping a supply of freeze dried pineapple on hand for your daily needs. It’s super convenient – you can just grab a handful of that mouthwatering goodness any time you’d like.
It’s easy to take some with you biking, hiking, going to work, or going out for play; just toss as much as you want into a baggie and you’re off. There is no mess or cleanup like your cut pineapple, and you don’t have to worry about it getting hot and spoiling or spilling in your car, either.
The Benefits Of Pineapple Are Amazing!
Below we will discuss the top benefits this fantastic fruit has to offer.
1. Pineapple is a great antioxidant and has very specific free radical scavengers that have been shown to protect the body from oxidation stress. In an interesting study, these unique antioxidants also exhibited anti-cancer, anti-tumor actions that were on par with some medications.
2. Helps build strong bones. Pineapple is a super rich source of manganese, which, along with calcium, is a key component in healthy bone tissue.
3. It’s a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can have great success in helping regulate and heal the top two types of arthritis.
4. Heart disease: Its powerful antioxidants help lower cholesterol levels, which has shown to be a great benefit in preventing heart disease and preventing arterial plaque buildup.
5. Anti-cancer: Although its antioxidant power was mentioned briefly above, it should be noted that researchers are following up on many leads showing that bromelain may actually have even stronger anti-cancer benefits.
6. Immunity: Pineapple is loaded with natural vitamin C, which is not only a powerful antioxidant but helps boost your immune system in its aid in producing enzymes, regulating liver function, contributing an antiviral action and much more.
7. Digestion: Bromelain being a proteolytic enzyme can have far reaching benefits in aiding in the digestion of protein. For most of us, getting all the digestive help we can is a very good idea.
Pineapple is an amazing fruit; there’s no doubt about it.
As mentioned above, the trick to it is to make sure it’s super convenient for you to get your serving every day.
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