Did you know that not only is pineapple cholesterol-free and fat-free, it also has important nutrients that are superb in keeping your body in great health.
One cup of pineapple cubes contains the following six vital nutrients:
Vitamin C 23.9 mg 40%
Folacin 16.4 mcg 8%
Thiamin 0.1 mg 7%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg 5%
Magnesium 21.7mg 5%
Iron 0.6mg 4%
Just how important are these nutrients? Consider these facts:
One cup of pineapple cubes contains 40% of the RDA for vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital for a healthy immune system. It does the following: protects the body from oxidation; helps to regulate cholesterol levels: encourages iron absorption; helps to manufacture and maintain collagen, a protein that is the basis for connective tissue; helps asthmatics breathe easier. Speeds up recovery from pneumonia, mononucleosis, hepatitis, and other viral infections; strengthens immune system by stimulating T-cells, B-cells, and macrophages (cell eaters which ingest and destroy invaders); protects the heart by regulating the liver’s production of cholesterol. Aids in the fight against cancer through its antioxidant properties. Acts as weight-loss aid (3 grams of Vitamin C was given to obese women, 6 weeks later with no diet change the vitamin C takers lost twice as much as those on the placebo).
It strengthens the immune system by enhancing the activity of natural killer (NK) cells and macrophages (cell eaters which ingest and destroy invaders).
Manganese is also an important cofactor in the enzyme systems that handle glucose.
Manganese deficiency can lead to glucose intolerance, and the symptoms of diabetes.
It is helpful for menorrhagia (heavy menstrual periods). Fifteen women were place on a manganese deficient diet and experienced a 50% increase in menstrual fluid volume. Manganese may help to regulate menstrual flow.
This is the proteolytic enzyme found in pineapple.
First discovered in the 1950’s and the subject of over 200 reports in scientific literature, this enzyme is efficient in treating angina pectoris, arthritis, bronchitis, burns, menstrual difficulties, swelling, digestive problems, pneumonia, and other infections and ailments.
It inhibits platelet aggregation and may modulate tumor growth. It has been suggested as having beneficial effects on lupus.
Pineapple is also rich in fiber that does the following: Helps to lower total cholesterol, as well as LDL. Helps to keep blood sugar under control. Protects against cancers of the colon, rectum, pancreas, breast, and prostate.
Pineapples, Ananascomosus, were brought to Europe from South America in the 1500s, where they were used in building and coat-of-arms designs.
Pineapple is a delicious addition to poultry and fish dishes. Pineapple juice is also superb with every meal every day.