Did you know that a pineapple is neither a pine nor an apple, 🧐 but a fruit consisting of many berries that have grown together! This also means that pineapples are not a single fruit, but a group of berries that have fused together.
Pineapples were historically very useful on long boat trips. Eating pineapple prevented scurvy in sailors (due to its vitamin C content), and pineapple juice mixed with sand was a great cleaning agent for boats.
Bromelain, the proteolytic enzyme (which means protein digesting) in pineapples helps break up and expel mucus from the body. Therefore it helps with sinusitis (nasal infections) and may help soothe symptoms of a cough or a cold. A study found that a mixture of pineapple juice, honey, salt, and pepper reduced cough symptoms up to five times faster than over-the-counter cough syrup.
Other studies have found cardioprotective properties (breaks down cholesterol and blood clots), improvement in osteoarthritis symptoms (natural anti-inflammatory), reduces sports injury recovery time, and it has natural antibiotic properties.
Avoid canned or cooked pineapple since heat destroys much of its bromelain content.
For best results, consume on an empty stomach.
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