History and general indications
The pineapple was cataloged in 1493 by Christopher Columbus himself on his second journey when he landed on the island of Guadalupe. This fruit was then imported in the 16th century by the Spanish in the Philippines from where it spread throughout the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. Around the middle of the seventeenth century it was systematically introduced in England and in 1720 it began to be cultivated in greenhouses throughout Europe. Legend has it that Louis XIV, for his greed, wanted to bite the fruit without peeling it, obviously he bruised his lips and therefore the Sun King decided to ban its cultivation in all of France, but his successor rehabilitated this precious fruit at the court of Versailles in 1733 choosing it as his favorite fruit.
Pineapple is a real mine of vitamins and has important properties that affect bone density and digestion, facilitating it.
However, already the indigenous peoples of South America used it: pineapple juice was used as a tonic by women to give brightness to the complexion of the face.
To date, pineapple is mostly known and used as a supplement in dietary regimes aimed at weight loss, thanks to its diuretic properties that reduce water retention, facilitating the dissolution of excess fats.
Science has discovered that in this fruit there is much more than what has been said so far. Its benefits affect the care of soft tissues (as we will see later on), on the strengthening of the bone apparatus, but being also a natural antioxidant, it is used preventively as an anticancer and against cellular aging: in short, a portentous fruit, all to be rediscovered.
As mentioned, pineapple is particularly effective as an adjuvant to strengthen bones: the manganese contained inside helps the synthesis of collagen, a fundamental protein for bone, epidermal and cartilage tissues. This is why pineapple is particularly recommended for menopausal women who suffer from osteoporosis and for all those women who do not want to give up a young and compact skin.
Pineapple contains a high concentration of vitamins A and C, the latter in particular being a natural antioxidant that prevents tumors and heart disease. Furthermore, in cooling states, histamine levels decrease, a substance responsible for bothersome symptoms such as watery eyes and runny nose.
This fruit also has a powerful anti-inflammatory action against bruises and oedemas due to muscular or articular traumas (for example tendinitis, sprains, muscle sprains), against inflammatory soft tissue states (eg hemorrhoids, abscesses and skin ulcers after dental and gynecological procedures) and feverish states.
Pineapple contains an important enzyme called bromelain which is able to break down proteins and facilitate digestion and resolve heartburn: for this reason, a slice of pineapple is recommended at the end of a meal for those who suffer from poor digestion; in this regard there are no contraindications even for elderly subjects. In addition to its eupeptic function, bromelain helps eliminate postprandial heaviness and sleepiness and embarrassing heavy breath. This enzyme is also a natural antithrombotic and is a hypotensive, therefore suitable for preventing heart attacks and discomfort due to high blood pressure.
This exotic fruit is particularly valuable in a healthy and balanced diet since it contains essential substances such as iodine, calcium, iron, phosphorus, sulfur and above all potassium; being also hypocaloric, it is the ideal dessert for the growth phase and for women, but also during periods of heightened physical and mental fatigue.
Pineapple does not only help our body to feel better, but also our soul: the juice contains serotonin, an important neurotransmitter responsible for happiness and tranquility. This fruit can also work as a mild antidepressant.
As mentioned above, pineapple is a fruit with cosmetic properties and these were recognized from the beginning. Its antioxidant action achieves surprising results on epidermal tissues thanks to the high concentration of vitamins even in the event of flaking.
In recent years it has been used as a dietary supplement to assist low-calorie diets: its fiber concentrate is capable of giving a sense of satiety and its diuretic properties are very useful for losing excess fluids and therefore for favoring the use of the lipid reserves of our body contributing to the disappearance of cellulite and from the unsightly "orange peel skin".
Pineapple: Contraindications and drug interactions
We do not recommend the use of pineapple in cases of gastritis or peptic ulcer and its use is not recommended to those who have found intolerances and allergies to this fruit.
It is also suggested to moderate the intake and to confront a doctor during pregnancy and lactation or in case of taking anticoagulant drugs (for example aspirin, cardioaspirina, coumadin etc.) or in the face of blood problems .
Finally, it has been established that pineapple increases the effectiveness of some chemotherapy drugs such as 5-fluorouracil and vincristine.
Pineapple is the yellow mine of remedies, knowing how to make good use will contribute to a healthy and long-lived life, you just have to experience all the potential of this exotic fruit.