We all love pineapples, right? Pineapples are a tropical fruit with a pleasant taste and a rich nutritional profile. The fruit has been consumed for centuries due to the incredible health benefits it offers. Even scientific studies have shown that pineapples have a vast medicinal potential – they can reduce inflammation, treat respiratory problems, prevent cancer, fight infections and even reinforce your immune system.

Pineapples can be consumed raw, juiced or cooked. The fruit is native to South America, but can now be found all over the world. Pineapples have been introduced to Europe after Christopher Columbus brought them back from one of his trips in the 15th century. The fruit is picked from March to June, and its unusual name came from the resemblance to pine cones. Besides the great taste, pineapples are rich in numerous essential nutrients and offer a variety of health benefits.

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Here are the most important health benefits of pineapples:

Treat arthritis

Pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve arthritis and similar inflammatory conditions. They contain an enzyme known as bromelain which can reduce inflammation and the pain in your joints, and you can do all of this by drinking a few glasses of pineapple juice a day.

Reinforce your immune system

Pineapples are incredibly rich in vitamin C which will detoxify your body and reinforce the immune system as well. The exotic fruit can boost the production of white blood cells and help the body fight infections. Pineapples also contain antioxidants that can fight free radicals which are often responsible for cancer and other serious diseases.

Boost the healing process

Vitamin C can improve the production of collagen in your skin and improve the health of your skin, tissue and bones. The high amount of vitamin C can accelerate the healing process of the skin and close minor wounds faster.

Prevent cancer

As we already said, pineapples are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants which can fight free radicals and prevent cancer. However, the fruit also contain vitamin A, another important anti-cancer compound and manganese as well, a co-factor of superoxide dismutase which can destroy free radicals in your body.

Boost digestion

Pineapples are rich in fiber, a compound which can improve your digestion and prevent numerous digestive problems as well. Fiber will control your blood pressure and improve the passage of food through the digestive tract. Furthermore, the fruit contains both soluble and insoluble fiber which will put your cholesterol levels in check and prevent its accumulation in the arteries.

Treat colds, the flu and coughs

Thanks to the rich vitamin C amount, pineapples are considered a great remedy against the flu, coughs and colds. The combination of vitamin C and bromelain can thin down the mucus in your lungs and promote quick detox and elimination.

Improve the health of your bones

Although not as rich in calcium as other fruits, pineapples contain manganese, another important mineral for the health of your bones. An average pineapple contains up to 70% of the RDA of manganese, which is just enough to keep your bones healthy and strong.

Improve the health of your teeth and gums

Consuming pineapples regularly will improve your oral health. The fruit has astringent properties that will relieve the inflammation in your mouth and reinforce your gums and teeth. This will prevent bone and tooth loss and a variety of other problems as well.

Improve your eye health

Pineapples contain a lot of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that can prevent macular degeneration and other vision problems.

Regulate your blood pressure

As we already said, pineapples are rich in potassium, an important mineral for our cardiovascular system. Potassium can keep your blood pressure under control and your cardiovascular system working properly. The mineral is a vasodilator that can relieve the stress in your blood vessels and improve the blood flow, effectively preventing numerous problems.

Boost your circulation

Pineapples can regulate your copper and potassium levels and keep your heart health in check. Copper plays a part in many enzymatic reactions in the body and also assists in the production of red blood cells, which will lead to better oxygenation of cells and better organ function as well. Some studies even suggest that pineapples can improve your neurological health and prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Although beneficial, pineapples should be consumed in moderation. They can increase the sensitivity of your gums and teeth, and consuming too much of the fruit has been known to cause diarrhea, headaches and nausea as well. The fruit is not recommended for pregnant women as well, as it can cause menstruation which can lead to miscarriage.