Hey love bees!
It’s no secret that I love my fruit, and right now I’m obsessed with pineapple!! 🍍
Not only is it delicious, it’s also a wonderful food for fighting inflammation, boosting the immune system, and supporting you throughout the winter.
It can even help those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as eating pineapple increases several amino acids which are involved in making serotonin, adrenaline and dopamine.
Pineapple is also a good source of vitamins B1 and B6 (which are needed for energy production) and it’s a great source of dietary fibre!
Wow! I’ve just given you So many good reasons to eat pineapple already, and I haven’t even got to the main points yet! 😀
I could literally spend an eternity touting the benefits of pineapple, but I’ll spare you that, and instead let’s get to the three awesome reasons why you need more pineapple in your life!!
1. Pineapple is jam-packed with Vitamin C!
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which protects against free radical damage (reducing the number of cell mutations which may develop into cancer). It also powers up the immune system, increasing the production of white blood cells and antibodies.
Vitamin C is also required for building collagen throughout the body. Collagen is a vital structural protein that’s found in connective tissues, such as the skin, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bones.
Not only this, but Vitamin C also plays a role in maintaining normal brain function, assisting the body with the absorption of non-heme (plant-based) iron and facilitating the conversion of stored fat into energy!
- 1 Cup of pineapple contains approximately 105% of your daily recommended Vitamin C!
2. Pineapple contains important trace minerals including Manganese and Copper!
Like Vitamin C, Manganese is also required for the production of collagen in the body. It is known to play an important role in the formation of bone and cartilage, as well as in the protection and repair of the skin.
Manganese also forms part of the main antioxidant enzyme that works to protect the mitochondria. (The energy powerhouse of the cells!)
Copper is also an important trace mineral which is found in many antioxidant enzymes throughout the body. It’s super important for energy metabolism, energy storage and maintaining normal brain, nervous system and immune system functioning. It is also used in the creation of red blood cells.
- 1 Cup of pineapple contains around 85% of your daily recommended manganese and 20% of your daily recommended copper.
3. Pineapple contains Bromelain!
Bromelain is a mixture of protein-digesting enzymes which are found in fresh pineapple. Bromelain has been shown to be effective in reducing inflammation (by inhibiting the synthesis of inflammatory mediators) and can be used medicinally to treat conditions such as period pain and arthritis, as well as inflammation of the sinuses and upper respiratory tract.
It has also been shown to be helpful for those experiencing digestive disorders due to its ability to reduce intestinal inflammation and aid digestion by helping to break down proteins in the gut.
Do you love pineapple? How do you like to eat yours? I love mine in smoothies, salads, rice dishes and oriental dishes (such as oil-free stir fry’s, sweet and sour and kung po!).