Health Benefits of Pineapple

Parashar Joshi Dec 3, 2018
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Pineapple, an extremely tasty and juicy tropical fruit offers a lot of nutrition. Although once considered an exotic fruit in the US, it is now easily available across the country. Read ahead to know more about its health benefits like its nutrients, anti-inflammatory properties, etc.
Few foods or fruits can freshen your mood like a couple of cold slices of a fresh, juicy pineapple. You will find that it instantly invigorates you and relieves you somewhat of your tiredness and fatigue.
To be honest, the health benefits of pineapple aren't limited to just refreshing a person or rejuvenating him/her. There are plenty of other advantages of the fruit. Read ahead to learn what they are.

Pineapple Health Facts

For those of you who are extremely calorie conscious and naturally, are more interested in numbers and statistics, here is a bit of information regarding the nutritional value of 100 grams of fresh pineapple.
Nutrients and their Amounts in Pineapple:
  • Calories - 50
  • Calcium - 13 mg
  • Potassium - 110 mg
  • Iron - 0.29 mg
  • Phosphorus - 10 mg
  • Zinc - 0.11 mg
  • Carbohydrates - 13.2 g
  • Protein - 0.54 g
  • Fat - 0.12 g
  • Vitamin C - 37.2 mg
  • Vitamin B1 - 0.079 mg
  • Vitamin B2 - 0.031 mg
  • Vitamin B3 - 0.495 mg
  • Vitamin B5 - 0.205 mg
  • Vitamin B6 - 0.111 mg
  • Vitamin E - 0.62 mg
  • Sugar - 9.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.4 g

Health Benefits of Fresh Pineapple

As you may have very well observed from the list earlier, pineapples are rich in vitamins, proteins, and essential minerals. At the same time, they are extremely low in terms of fat content. That makes this fruit an ideal low-calorie, yet filling food. It is a perfect choice for a midday snack for weight watchers and the calorie conscious community.
A rather lesser-known fact is that this fruit aids the process of digestion. It has anti-inflammatory properties which come to the rescue for those showing symptoms of arthritis, gout, as well as those experiencing pain or discomfort due to sports-induced injuries.
Pineapple is very good for overall dental health. Since it has a high content of Vitamin C, it can reduce the chances of gum inflammation and other gum diseases.
Pineapple has a very important ingredient in the form of bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme which plays a vital role in the following:
  • fighting infections
  • reducing muscle pain or swelling after sprains
  • relieving sore throats
  • treating sinusitis and bronchitis
  • improving blood circulation
  • reducing or preventing thrombosis (formation of blood clots)
  • treating menstrual disorders
They are also good for the eyes and for maintaining good vision. It is believed that regular intake of the fruit or its juice can prevent the chances of macular degeneration (an eye problem experienced by middle-age people or the elderly).
Pineapple is also a great mood-lifter, and is quite beneficial for maintaining a good memory and a sharp brain. The benefits you get by consuming the canned version are more or less the same. Just make sure that the canned product isn't past its best-before date. Take care!