Its summer time! If you can’t get away to a tropical paradise or even just a day beach trip why not refresh your palette with some flavors from the Island. The fruit we are specifically talking about is pineapple. Pineapple was originally native to South America and over the past several hundred years is now grown throughout the Caribbean, Central American, and Mexico. Pineapples are most commonly enjoyed raw but can also be grilled or preserved and be saved for later. Consider eating more of this tropical fruit after reading the health benefits being shared.
Many don’t know that pineapple has the incredible ability to dramatically reduce inflammation. A rare enzyme within pineapple, Bromelain, has the ability to break down complex proteins, which creates an anti-inflammatory effect.
Pineapple is rich with fiber that’s essential for a healthy digestive track. This fiber can also wipe blood vessels clean of excess amounts of cholesterol and eliminates it from the body.
Antioxidants are often associated with skin health, this is because it protects against free radical damage (essentially promotes good health of the dermis). Pineapple has an unusually high amount of vitamin C that acts as an antioxidant. One cup of fresh Pineapple contains 100% more than the daily recommend intake of vitamin C
Promotes More Energy and Stress Reduction
Pineapple is also a great source for manganese that is directly related to the bodies’ energy level. In addition, it lowers stress with high levels of B vitamins that are vital for adequate brain function.
When is the Best Time to Eat Pineapple?
Studies show that sweets (even natural ones) should not be eaten following a large meal. Sugar, especially in high amounts can impair digestion. It is recommended that pineapple be eaten with a protein or in small amounts following a meal. It is suggested to eat a small serving with breakfast or as a light snack before lunch. For maximum amount of vitamin and mineral mineral absorption pineapple should be eaten on an empty stomach.