Pineapple is one of the most flavorful fruits in the world. It is the most enjoyable in the summer, because it cools and hydrates the body exceptionally well. Besides these benefits, however, pineapple also has some impressive therapeutic properties.
Pineapple has been used as a medicine ever since the antiquity. Modern studies have shown that the healing properties of the fruit are due to bromelain, an enzyme that plays a role in digesting proteins.
In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that bromelain has anti-inflammatory, edema reducing and blood clot dissolving properties. Because of these properties, pineapple may be useful in several illnesses, such as bronchitis, sinusitis and angina pectoris.
Bromelain also enhances the absorption of various medicines, especially that of antibiotics, and relieves the symptoms of arthritis, diarrhea and various circulatory problems. The enzyme also has been demonstrated to have anti-carcinogenic effects, as it induces apoptosis, the programmed death of cells.
All the above beneficial effects of pineapple may also be found in ginger, which has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-carcinogen effects. It is an ally in many illnesses from colds and nausea to arthritis, hypertension, cancer and various types of pain.
Pineapple and ginger juice recipe
- 4-5 slices fresh pineapple or 1 can cubed pineapples
- 1 tablespoon honey
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 2-3 cups water
If you use fresh pineapple, cut it into chunks.
Place the pineapple chunks and the ginger into a blender and add water. Blend for several seconds. Adjust the quantity of water to taste. You may add a banana for texture and more sweetness.