The pineapple is nature’s healing fruit. It is a nutritionally-packed member of the bromeliad family. This delightful tropical fruit is high in the enzyme bromelain and the antioxidant vitamin C, both of which play a major role in the body’s healing processes.
A fresh pineapple is the only known source of the enzyme bromelain, which has been used in studies to determine its effectiveness in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth and shorten recovery time following plastic surgery.
As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C, the pineapple can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
NUTRITIONAL BREAKDOWN OF THE PINEAPPLE
One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains approximately 82 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 2 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of total carbohydrate (including 16 grams of sugar and 2.3 grams of fiber) and 1 gram of protein.
One cup of fresh pineapple chunks provides amazing 131% of your vitamin C needs for the day, 2% of vitamin A needs, 2% of calcium and 2% of iron.
The pineapple is also a source of important vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium and antioxidants and polyphenols such as beta-carotene.
Once you read this, you will surely join the army of weightwatchers who adore using the pineapple for their green juices. Not only does the pineapple give a juice a nice fragrant taste, but it also makes it thicker and healthier!
This juice is also very calming to the nerves. Moreover, it is a helpful drink for relieving stress, and for a good night’s sleep. Drink it early in the evening, on an empty stomach, right before having your light, healthy dinner.