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Powerfoods: Pineapple

Pineapple: Pine of the Indies

Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering the pineapple on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493 – although the fruit had long been grown in South America. He called it piña de Indes meaning “Pine of the Indies.” When they introduced it to the English later on, they added the word “apple” because they thought it should be associated with another delicious fruit that people enjoyed. And thus, the name “pineapple” was born. Ananas comosus is the botanical name of pineapple.

  • Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese
  • Contains a group of sulfur that helps indigestion
  • Can speed up tissue repair associated with general surgery, diabetic ulcers and injuries
  • Reduces blood clotting, improves circulation and aids in removing plaque from the arterial walls
  • Efficient in treating anemia and arteriosclerosis
  • An excellent cerebral toner
  • Can help clear bronchial passages in pneumonia and bronchitis sufferers
  • Helps reduce pain after surgery and sport injuries
  • Aids in building up healthy bones
  • Good for oral health as it can reduce periodontal disease and gingivitis
  • Low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is a good source of dietary fibre
  • Regulates the gland and helpful in cases of goiter (enlargement of the thyroid gland)
  • Fresh pineapple juice can help remove intestinal worms
  • Contains bromelain with anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling due to gout, arthritis, sore throat and acute sinusitis

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