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Pineapples, the favorite fruit of many with a scaly exterior and a sweet interior has always been a great choice for different recipes. For those who don’t mind its mildly sharp flavor, this fruit can also be a great snack.

Nutrition information

Pineapple is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C. 79% of the nutrition of pineapple is Vitamin C. In addition, small amounts of vitamins B-6, A and magnesium are also found. Pineapple is also a good source of dietary fiber and is low on calories.

Anti-inflammatory

Pineapple helps to reduce the inflammation in bones and joints. This fruit can be useful for those suffering from arthritis too.

How to use:

Eat three to four chunks of pineapple each day in its raw form to fight inflammation in joints. You could also drink its juice if you aren’t diabetic.

Fights cancer

Similar to the properties of some fruits and vegetable that are rich in Vitamin C, pineapple fights cancer by inhibiting he growth of free radicals that damage the cells in the DNA. Pineapple has been found to be especially good in fighting cancer of mouth, throat and breast.

How to use:

You can consume pineapple in any form – juices, milkshake, raw slices of the fruit, salad, just any form that you like would be good.

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Boosts immunity

Pineapple is rich in Vitamin C. This vitamin helps to boost the immunity power of the body. Give a small slice of pineapple to your child to see if he or she is allergic. And if they do not have any symptoms of allergy, you could include pineapple in their daily diet to boost their immunity.

How to use:

You could make a simple salad using pineapple slices.

  1. Cut off the skin of a pineapple.
  2. Cut the inside into small cubes.
  3. Since pineapples are naturally sweet, you could use cucumbers alongside to balance the flavor. Cut some slices of cucumber and add to the pineapple slices.
  4. Sprinkle cumin seeds (jeera) powder, chopped mint leaves, salt and pepper powder.
  5. You could also add a little lemon juice to this.

Enjoy!

Heals wounds and bruises

Bromelain, the compound found in pineapple has natural healing properties.

How to use:

Eat pineapple as raw slices after taking off the thick skin. You ca also eat the slices in a salad. Although cooked pineapples and pineapple based dishes are really yummy, the raw ones are the most effective.

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Good for oral health

Vitamin C enhances oral health and makes gums stronger. Since pineapple is abundant in vitamin C, it could be a good remedy for those suffering from tooth and gum problems. While at an advanced stage, eating pineapples alone may not be sufficient, it will certainly help to alleviate the condition.

How to use:

Make a smoothie of pineapples and yoghurt. Enjoy with a dash of dry fruits and nuts.

For healthy bones

For the same reason why pineapples are good for your teeth, they are also good for your bones and cartilage. A slice or two or pineapple a day and go a long way in better bone health. IF you have a naturally cool body, pineapples will do you no harm. But if your body generally produces a lot of health, then you can consume pineapples twice or thrice a week since this fruit has a tendency to increase the body heat.

You can also make a cocktail with pineapple and carrot juice.

  1. Blend few slices of pineapple and a few slices of carrot.
  2. Add mint leaves and blend again.
  3. Strain to get a thin juice.
  4. Drink this twice or thrice a week for healthy bones and joints.

To get rid of acne scars

The juice of pineapple helps to get rid of the dark spots caused by acne.

How to use

  1. Squeeze some juice from a fresh pineapple.
  2. Add a drop of olive oil and mix.
  3. Soak a cotton ball in the juice and apply all over your face and neck.
  4. After ten minutes when it starts to dry up, apply the juice once again on the dark spots and blemishes (affected areas).
  5. Wash after a total of 20 – 30 minutes.
  6. You can use besan (gram flour) to wash your face as it will also work as a mild scrub and is good for your skin.

This treatment can be done for oily, normal and dry skin.

Helps in weight loss

How to use:

  1. Make a morning smoothie with pineapple slices and just a few slices of banana.
  2. Add flax seeds, sunflower seeds and little milk.
  3. Blend well till smooth.

Drink this for breakfast.

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For lactating mothers

Pineapple can help to boost milk secretion. Have a few slices of pineapple to increase your milk supply. A word of advice here – whenever you try any food when you breast feed, please exercise caution. Some foods that you eat may not agree with your baby. So see if the pineapple has any effect on your little one and if nothing is seen for a day, then you can safely continue.

How to use:

  1. Boil pineapple chunks in water for three to four minutes.
  2. Eat the boiled slices with little cumin seeds powder sprinkled on top.

Other than the ones mentioned above, pineapple has been found to be good for digestion, as a remedy for constipation, for better vision, to delay macular degeneration and even to treat cold and influenza.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.