The pineapple that belongs to the Bromoliacee family grows in South American areas and was introduced to the new continent by Christopher Columbus. Currently the largest crops are found in Asia, Africa and Australia but the pineapple arrives in our peninsula in very large quantities because many fruits are canned and then used to eat the slices naturally or to compose fruit salad or to decorate cakes and ice creams. Pineapple leaves are characteristic because they are very hard and serrated.
Property of the Pineapple
Bromelain, contained in the pineapple stem, contains an enzyme that is essential for digestion, in fact it favors the digestive process of all proteins even those that show a marked complexity. The pineapple stem, in ancient times, was chewed after dinners or banquets because it was eaten heavily and could not be digested. Even today, although the stem of the pineapple plant is not chewed, it is considered a good habit to serve pineapple slices at the end of the meal, to help digestion. Bromelain, allows the digestive system not only to digest even the most complex cells but also eliminates any burning and pain of a gastric nature. Pineapple is indicated, especially after those hearty meat meals.
Pineapple counteracts the formation of cellulite
Widely used for the unsightly effects of cellulite, pineapple is able to favor diuresis so that water retention is significantly combated by counteracting those fatty deposits that form under the skin especially near the thighs and buttocks. The pharmaceutical industries, use the pineapple stem, to make effective supplements able to cure during a treatment for cellulite. Several researchers have thoroughly studied this plant and believe that it is highly recommended for this treatment and it has also been found to have significant anti-inflammatory properties. In low-calorie diets, you can use pineapple not only as a helper for diuresis and water retention but can also serve as a support in sudden hunger attacks since it contains very few calories. It can be considered an excellent food because it contains important vitamins and various minerals. 90% of the pineapple is made up of water while the rest is made of fibers, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron.
Pineapple is contraindicated
Unfortunately, the pineapple also has its contraindications. In fact, it is not recommended for those people taking anticoagulants. The reason is quite simple. Inside the pineapple there are some anticoagulants that associated with the anticoagulants of traditional medicine, could act in a non-beneficial way on the organism, causing damage. It is always better then to seek the opinion of the herbalist or the treating physician before using it. Even during breastfeeding you need to be extremely careful because pineapple juice may cause allergies on the baby's skin passing through breast milk. Of course, not everyone can be subjected to these reactions but it is necessary to indicate them.
What diseases the pineapple treats
We have seen that the Bromelain contained in the pineapple, does get some benefits but we see specifically, which pathologies the pineapple, manages to cure.
Oral or parental administration of pineapple, have allowed to accelerate post-operative inflammations or the absorption of edema, hematoma and necrotic situations caused by inflammatory agents.
By affecting the synthesis of prostaglandins, bromelain contributes to a good recovery from allergic rhinitis also because it has been found a lowering of serum and tissue levels of quininogen.
Bromelain has important anti-aggregation and antithrombotic properties, therefore pineapple is also suitable for people suffering from high blood pressure.
Pineapple properties: How to buy pineapple in herbal medicine
The most commonly used formula in herbal medicine is the dry pineapple nebulized extract. This extract is taken in the amount of 13 - 15 mg per body pound twice in a day, after the main meals. It is useful both as an inflammatory and as a digestive. However, pineapple can also be used as an infusion and can also be found in supermarkets as well as in herbalist's shops. The pack contains about 20 sachets that are used to prepare an infusion or herbal tea. Just boil a glass of water and pour it into a cup where the sachet has been placed. It is left to cool and you can drink the warm infusion sweetened with sugar or honey. If you are following a low-calorie diet, there is no need to sweeten because the infusion has a fruity flavor and a very fragrant aroma. The taste, then, is very concentrated pineapple and the taste is excellent. The herbal tea is used to digest and as a mild anti-inflammatory. The components contained in the sachet, are dried pineapple and other fruit flavors. The price is very accessible because it does not reach two euros and the package can also be found in the "fair trade" version.