Tough on the outside and sweet on the inside, pineapples are a tasty tropical fruit packed with nutrients. Pineapple is a delicious tasting, nutrient-dense fruit that provides a ton of health benefits, yet low in overall calories. It is used widely around the world as a natural remedy to treat everything from indigestion to being used as a natural allergy cure.
Just like other fruits, there is awesomeness in the skin. Here we go.* Anti-inflammatory Bromelain, a powerful enzyme found in high concentrations in pineapple skin and stems, helps to cut down inflammation in the body. Bromelain works on inflammation by blocking metabolites which cause swelling. It also acts to decrease swelling by activating a chemical in the blood that breaks down fibrin, thus leading to reduced swelling. Bromelain is often recommended to be taken before surgeries to speed healing time and decrease inflammation commonly associated with surgical procedures. It is very useful for treating arthritis, joint pain and sporting injuries including sprains and can help counter pain.
* Digestive Aid For digestion, eating pineapple serves as a powerful aid in breaking down proteins into peptides and amino acids. It can ease the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, acid reflux, and it helps the general digestive processes. It is also useful in helping to prevent autoimmune responses due to common food allergies. Studies conducted in Japan showed that eating pineapple helped those who had celiac disease, an allergy to the protein gluten that is found in wheat, barley and rye products, due to the presence of the bromelain enzyme.
* Immune Booster Pineapple has a whopping 131 percent of your daily value of antioxidant Vitamin C! Vitamin C is commonly used to minimize coughs, colds and flu symptoms. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that plays a role in maintaining the health of the body’s connective tissue as well as acting as an antioxidant. As an antioxidant it has the ability to synthesize collagen, which is the main protein in the body responsible for maintaining healthy blood vessels and organs. The vitamin C that is found in pineapple can also help skin problems, like a sunburn or dried and irritated skin.
* Prevents Asthma The beta-carotene that is found in plant foods like pineapple helps to lower the risk of developing asthma. Toxins, poor nutrition, pollution, antibiotic abuse and stress play a large role in the development of asthma. All of these factors cause inflammation, but luckily one of the benefits of pineapple is that it can help to reduce through its detoxifying capabilities.
* Vision Protector Beta carotene and vitamin C present in the entire plant aid in battling degenerative eye diseases like glaucoma.
* Teeth and Bone Strengthener In addition to fighting inflammation in gums and tissues, pineapple skins have a high manganese content. Manganese helps to grow, strengthen, and repair bones and teeth. In terms of oral health, its vitamin C and astringent properties keep gums clean and healthy.
* Anti-Cancer Natural compounds, such as bromelain, have selective cytotoxity and they are able to kill cancerous cells in a self-disassembly process called apoptosis, while leaving healthy cells unharmed. Cytotoxity is when something is toxic to certain cells, and bromelain focuses on the cancerous cells only. Some early studies have shown that skins’ amounts of manganese, vitamin C, bromelain, and antioxidants have the ability to fight tumors and aid in cancer prevention.
* Improves Mental Health Pineapple is a good source of the amino acid tryptophan, which is used by the body to produce enough serotonin, one of our main “happy hormones.” Consuming enough of this amino acid, in addition to other nutrients like B vitamins, is important to support your neurological system, for energy, and for the production of good mood hormones.
* Good Blood Bromelain helps with preventing blood clots from forming, and the copper content in pineapple juice increase the formation of healthy red blood cells. Bits of potassium helps the blood vessels stay healthy and can counteract large amounts of sodium, enabling the blood pressure to be stable.
* Improves Fertility Studies show that eating foods that are rich in antioxidants can help prevent infertility. Because free radicals can damage the reproductive system, foods with high antioxidant activity like pineapples that battle these free radicals are recommended for people who are trying to conceive. The antioxidants in pineapple, such as vitamin C, beta-carotene and the other vitamins and minerals that are present, including copper, affect both male and female fertility. Antioxidants have been shown to help increase blood flow and restore proper tissue formation in the genital organs, plus they can assist in boosting sperm count.
There are a variety of ways you can prepare pineapple skins for your health. Here are a few suggestions:
- Make Juice Follow the instructions for making tea but add only peels and water – no spices or sweetener. Allow the mixture to cool down and then place some in the blender; blend it up! Pour liquid through a strainer and refrigerate.
- Make Vinegar Pineapple vinegar can be used as food or as a topical remedy for arthritis, bruises, or joint pain. Be sure to wash the skins first to scrub off any pesticide residue!
- Fermented Pineapple Skin Drink This drink has a large amount of probiotics, which improve your intestines’ health because it is fermented. Wash your pineapple well and peel it. Cut the skin in small pieces and put them in a glass or ceramic container that can be hermetically sealed. Also put two liters of water and 500 grams of brown sugar, cane sugar, or cane syrup in this container. Close it tightly and let sit in a room temperature place for 48 hours. Filter the liquid and keep. Add another liter of water and let sit again for 12 hours and your drink is ready. You can store it in the freezer.
During the fermentation process, this drink will first make probiotic micro-organisms. If you leave it for longer, it will turn into an alcoholic beverage and then into vinegar. It is important that the pineapple is not treated with pesticides because of two reasons. The first is that you will directly consume them and in the long run, can be harmful to your health. The second is that, since its purpose is to get rid of micro-organisms and will create beneficial micro-organisms.
So don’t throw away this part of the pineapple, instead, be adventurous and explore its goodness!