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What is Pineapple?

The well-known pineapple fruit is actually a complex flower head that forms around the stem. Each of the eyes on the surface is the dried base of a small flower. The pineapple is the only cultivated fruit whose main stem runs completely through it. The top crown of leaves contains a bud that, when mature, indicates that the fruit is ready for cutting. The crowns from the top of the fruit are usually used for propagation because pineapples contain no viable seeds; occasionally, slips from the base of the fruit or suckers are used if planting material is in short supply. The plant grows to a height of 1 m; the first crop is ready for harvesting approximately 18 months after planting. Because the plant uses water very efficiently, pineapple may be grown in areas of relatively low rainfall (50 to 200 cm).
What is Pineapple used for?
Traditional/Ethnobotanical uses
The pineapple is native to South America and was brought to Europe by Spanish explorers. Planting began on a large scale in Hawaii early in the 19th century. Growth of the industry peaked in the 1950s, then declined slowly under the pressure of international competition. Today, the bulk of the world's pineapple crop comes from Thailand, the Philippines, and Brazil. Traditional uses include the brewing of pineapple wine, production of fiber, and medicinal use to induce menstruation, induce abortion, kill parasitic amoebas, and expel worms.
General uses
Few well-controlled clinical trials have been published to support the wide range of therapeutic claims for bromelain, a crude, aqueous extract of pineapple. Evidence exists primarily for the use of bromelain in debridement of burns and as an anti-inflammatory agent.
What is the dosage of Pineapple?
Two slices of pineapple contain approximately 100 mg of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The usual dosage of bromelain is 40 mg taken 3 or 4 times daily. Pineapple products are available commercially in liquid, tablet, and capsule doseforms. Most products contain bromelain 500 mg; manufacturers suggest a dose of 500 to 1,000 mg daily.
Pineapple is more than just a summer fruit
Friday, February 11, 2011 by: Shona Botes
Tags: pineapple, history, health news
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031292_pineapple_history.html#ixzz2by2mzny6
(NaturalNews) Pineapples are a perennial plant, growing between two and four feet tall, and originate in South America. It was brought into Europe by Spanish Explorers. During the 19th century, large-scale planting of this useful fruit took place in Hawaii. Today, pineapple is used for many things, ranging from wine-making to being used for medicinal purposes.
Pineapple is an effective diuretic, and it has been known to be used as a contraceptive as well. It can also assist with the expulsion of intestinal worms in the body. The fruit, juice and peels have been known to be used in folk remedies for warts, corns, tumours, inducing perspiration and reducing fevers.
In Brazil, it is considered a staple food with the tribal people. The leaf of some types of pineapple is used to make embroidery thread. The fruit and juice also help to relieve constipation, as they have a high fibre content. It helped to prevent scurvy with early European explorers, as it contains a lot of vitamin C. It also helps to fight off the free radicals that can cause cancer.
Thanks to its cooling and soothing properties, the ripe fruit is used to reduce excessive gastric acids in the body and reduce gas. When sour and unripe, it is also beneficial, as it then aids digestion, relieves dyspepsia and helps to increase appetite. The unripe juice should not be given to pregnant women, as it has been known to induce uterine contractions. Pineapple juice can be used as a very effective meat tenderizer, thus eliminating the need for MSG-laden tenderizer products.
Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B1, vitamin A and bromelain. Bromelain is a protein-splitting enzyme which aids digestion. It has also been used to soothe burns and also acts as an anti inflammatory agent in the body. It has also been used to improve circulation and reduce cramping, making it an effective remedy for PMS-related cramping. Bromelain is also able to loosen mucus and suppress coughs.
Pineapple has been used to help heal bruising, and it can ease arthritis pain as well. Corns and calluses can be treated with mashed pineapple, by simply applying the mashed fruit to the affected area and leaving it on for an hour. A few treatments may be required before the condition clears completely.
However, an excessive consumption of pineapple may erode tooth enamel, due to the high sugar/fructose content, so it is always advisable to brush your teeth well after consuming this wonder fruit.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031292_pineapple_history.html#ixzz2by2tQxsO
Pineapple Compound Treats Cancer, Inflammation and Poor Digestion
Thursday, April 16, 2009 by: Barbara L. Minton
Tags: pineapples, health news, Natural News
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/026064_pineapple_Bromelain_cancer.html#ixzz2by2yofVo
(NaturalNews) Nothing brings up the images of summer breezes and relaxation like pineapple, the sweet juicy treat from the tropics. While thoughts of fun in the sun ease the mind, eating pineapple can greatly ease the body. Bromelain, the key enzyme in pineapple, banishes inflammation as effectively as drugs. It reduces swelling, helps against sore throat, treats arthritis and gout, and speeds digestion of proteins. New research is even showing pineapple to be highly effective at cancer prevention and treatment.
Bromelain keeps cancers from getting started and shrinks tumors
In a study reported on March 30, in the Cancer Letter, scientists at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research in India, noted the anti-inflammatory, anti-invasive, and anti-metastatic properties of bromelain. They studied its anti tumor-initiating effects against induced skin tumor formation in mice.
Pre-treatment with bromelain resulted in reduction in cumulative number of tumors, and in average numbers of tumors per mouse. Reduction in tumor volume was 65%. They investigated components of cell signaling pathways by targeting proteins involved in cell death. Bromelain treatment resulted in up-regulation of the anti-cancer gene p53, with subsequent caspase activation. A marked inhibition of Cox-2 expression and inactivation of pro-inflammatory nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappa B) was recorded. They concluded that Bromelain was protective of DNA formation, and induced modulation of inappropriate cell signaling cascades is a coherent approach in achieving chemoprevention.
Bromelain has strong anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits
Bromelain from pineapple is a complex mixture of substances, the most widely studied of which is a group of protein digesting enzymes, or proteolytic enzymes. Enzymes give bromelain its fibronolytic and antithrombotic feature. Tumors often have a protective covering made of fibrin that can be dissolved by the fibronolytic action of bromelain, one reason it is so effective against cancer. Two clinical trials with heart patients have shown an elimination of thrombosis with bromelain. Therapeutic doses of dietary supplements of bromelain put a rapid halt to inflammation, and are able to reduce excessive coagulation of the blood.
Bromelain is approved by the German Commission E for the treatment of sinusitis. Clinical studies have shown that children diagnosed with acute sinusitis recovered significantly faster when treated with bromelain than when given other treatments
Bromelain is effective in treating bruises, sprains and strains by reducing swelling, tenderness and pain. It works well at reducing post operative swelling.
In a literature examination published in the 2008 Alternative Medicine Review, enzyme supplementation was noted as playing an integral role in the management of various digestive disorders, particularly those regarding a lack of pancreatic enzymes. Historically enzymes from pigs and cows have been the preferred choice for digestive aids. However, bromelain, can serve as an effective aid in the breakdown of proteins. It works so well in the digestion of protein that it can be used as a highly effective meat tenderizer. Bromelain can act synergistically with other enzymes to produce optimal digestive results.
Bromelain has been reported to be effective against a variety of inflammatory diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease. A study by scientists at Duke University Medical Center reported in the July, 2008 edition of Clinical Immunology found that bromelain can effectively decrease neutrophil migration to sites of acute inflammation, It supports the specific removal of a critical chemokine receptor as its mechanism of action.
Bromelain offers protection and treatment for macular degeneration
Eating fruit may be the best way to protect your eyesight. Findings reported in the June, 2004 Archives of Ophthalmology showed that eating three or more servings of fruit a day lowers the risk of age-related macular degeneration, the primary cause of vision loss in older adults. The study involved 110,000 men and women. Researchers evaluated their consumption of fruits, vegetables, carotenoids, and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E on early and advanced macular degeneration. Interestingly, intakes of vegetables, vitamins and carotenoids were not significantly related to the disease. However, fruit intake was shown to be highly protective against development of the more severe form of the disease.
Antioxidants in pineapple protect the immune system
Pineapple is a super source of the body's primary water-soluble antioxidant, Vitamin C. This important vitamin mops up free radicals implicated in the aging process. Free radicals damage normal cells and have been shown to promote clogged arteries and diabetic heart disease. They can cause airway spasms that lead to asthma attacks, and can help colon cancer get started. Free radicals are implicated in joint pain and osteoarthritis. Additionally, Vitamin C is an excellent cold and flu fighter due to its ability to support the immune system.
Vitamin C in pineapple is good for oral health. A study at State University of New York at Buffalo found that Vitamin C can reduce the risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease. It increases the ability of the body to fight bacteria and other toxins that contribute to gum disease. Periodontal disease destroys gum tissue and the underlying jaw bone. It has been linked to heart disease, stroke and diabetes,
Tantalize your taste buds with pineapple
To enhance the body's healing mechanisms and promote overall good health, add fresh pineapple to your diet whenever possible. Always choose fresh fruit because it has the most healing properties. Most of the bromelain in canned pineapple is destroyed by the heat of the canning process.
There are several varieties of pineapple on the market. Some are ripe while still green in color, and others turn to gold when ripe. Smelling the pineapple is one way to tell it is ripe. If it gives off a sweet, fresh tropical smell, it is ready to eat. Another way to tell a ripe pineapple is to pull one of the leaves in its top knot. If the leaf remains stubbornly attached, the pineapple is not ready. The day those leaves can be easily pulled out is the day the pineapple has reached its peak of ripeness and is loaded with sweet, tangy flavor.
To prepare pineapple, cut the top off and make a narrow cut across the bottom. Place the remaining pineapple upright on a cutting board and slice off the outer skin at a depth that cuts off most of the eyes. The few eyes that remain can be eaten or cut out individually. To separate the succulent meat of the pineapple from its hard inner core, make four top-to-bottom slices around the core. This allows the pineapple to be removed from the core in four large blocks. As large blocks, the pineapple will store better and retain more of its sweetness. It can be cut into smaller chunks right before serving. Another way to do this is to slice the whole pineapple and use a round punch such as a cookie cutter on each piece to cut a perfectly round center hole that removes the core. Pineapple cut this way should be served immediately.
Almost any summer dish can be embellished by pineapple. It can be added to a cooked dish right before serving, or used in salads and tropical drinks. For maximum health benefits, pineapple should be eaten raw, and away from foods containing protein. If pineapple is eaten with protein, its digestive enzymes will be used to help digest that protein, rather than being available for use in the body to cleanse it of unwanted foreign proteins.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/026064_pineapple_Bromelain_cancer.html#ixzz2by34HBLT
Pineapple's bromelain enzyme provides amazing health benefits
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 by: Danna Norek
Tags: bromelain, enzymes, inflammation
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035804_bromelain_enzymes_inflammation.html#ixzz2byGrhtwc
(NaturalNews) You've probably heard of an enzyme found in pineapple called Bromelain. This enzyme is often used by itself as a supplement to aid in various ailments and boost general health. It is also added to natural digestion aids, anti inflammatory remedies, and general health supplements.
There are also quite a few additional health benefits that may be lesser known than its most common uses. It has been linked to better heart and circulatory health, improvement in asthma and other breathing conditions and improved immunity.
Improved blood circulation, heart health and breathing conditions
Bromelain is particularly known for being very efficient at breaking down proteins which accounts for its common use as a digestive aid. Fibrin is a protein that is used in the clotting and thickening of blood. Bromelain works as a blood thinner since it assists in breaking down this substance.
This means it may allow blood to flow more freely through the circulatory system. Thinner blood is associated with lower chances of stroke, heart attack, and other heart and circulatory issues.
Bromelain has also been linked to the improvement of breathing conditions that occur due to thicker mucus such as asthma. It has the same effect on mucus as it does on blood in that it thins the consistency. This makes it easier for asthma patients to breathe since the mucus is thinner and therefore not clogging their bronchial tubes.
Anti-inflammatory benefits
It is bromelain's ability to keep blood thin and prevent it from clotting, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties that makes it a good supplement for bruise prevention. It is also thought to be a good supplement for swelling and redness.
For this reason it is often recommended after surgery to help ease the trauma caused by incisions or injections. Research also indicates that supplementing with 200 to 400 milligrams of bromelain per day can significantly ease the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.
It has also been implicated in the improvement of certain inflammatory skin conditions. This could include acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis.
While most people think bromelain is found in the fruit of the pineapple, it is primarily found in the stem. This is why it may be preferable to buy a supplement if you are looking for the specific therapeutic benefits this enzyme can offer.
Bromelain implicated in improved immunity
In addition to the anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant properties bromelain exhibits in the human body, it has also shown promise as an immunity booster. Studies have indicated it may enable certain immunity enhancing receptors in the body.
This in turn may strengthen the immune response by enhancing the response of the body's front line immune defense, T-cells. In other words the enzyme has an enhancing effect on the immune response already in place. It helps by enabling the other mechanisms to work more efficiently together and "communicate" better with one another.
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Pineapple health benefits
Pineapples are sweet, juicy and delicious. They also make you healthy.
Pineapples are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and calories. This fruit is also low in fat and cholesterol.
These fruits have bromelain, which is effective in suppressing coughs and loosening mucus. Eating pineapples while taking the right medications prescribed by the doctor for your sickness can help you recover more quickly.
Bromelain also works to neutralize fluids to ensure that they are not too acidic. It also helps regulate the secretions in the pancreas to aid in digestion. 
Apart from that, since bromelain has protein-digesting properties, it can keep the digestive track healthy.
Pineapples contain manganese which is a trace mineral that your body needs to build bones and connective tissues.
Eating pineapple will strengthen your gums that will help keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Since this fruit contains beta carotene, they aid in lowering the risk of macular degeneration (disease caused due to damage in the retina).
By Monique N. Gilbert, B.Sc.
Submitted by the author 15 Aug 2002
Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory that has many health benefits and encourages healing.  According to Dr. Andrew Weil, bromelain is very effective in treating bruises, sprains and strains by reducing swelling, tenderness and pain.  This powerful anti-inflammatory effect can also help relieve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and reduce postoperative swelling.  Additionally, the bromelain contained in fresh pineapple can relieve indigestion.  This enzyme helps break down the amino acid bonds in proteins, which promotes good digestion. 
Pineapples provide an ample supply of vitamin C too, a commonly known antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage and boosts the immune system. Vitamin C helps build and repair bodily tissue and promotes wound healing.  The body uses vitamin C to help metabolize fats and cholesterol, absorb iron, and synthesize amino acids and collagen.  Collagen is one of the primary building blocks of skin, cartilage and bones.  Vitamin C also decreases the severity of colds and infections.  
Furthermore, due to its high vitamin C content, pineapples are good for your oral health as well.  A study conducted at the State University of New York at Buffalo found that vitamin C can reduce your risk of gingivitis and periodontal disease.  Besides increasing the ability of connective tissue to repair itself, vitamin C also increases the body's ability to fight invading bacteria and other toxins that contribute to gum disease.  Periodontal disease, which destroys gum tissue and underlying jaw bones, has been linked to heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
So if you want a natural way to enhance your body's healing mechanisms, promote overall good health and tantalize your taste buds, pineapples are the way to go.  Choose the fresh fruit because it has the most healing properties.  Unfortunately, most of the bromelain in canned pineapple is destroyed due to the heat used in the canning process.  
When choosing a fresh pineapple, do not judge ripeness solely based upon color.  There are several varieties on the market that range from green to golden yellow.  The most important factor in determining ripeness is smell, let your nose help you decide.  Ripe pineapples give off a sweet, fresh tropical smell.  Avoid pineapples that give off an unpleasant odor or have any soft spots or areas of dark discoloration.  Once home, let the pineapple sit on your counter at room temperature until ready to use.  This will preserve its sweet and tangy flavor.  
To prepare pineapple, you need to peel it, remove the eyes (the thorny protrusions within the puffy squares of the skin) and the fibrous center.  First, cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple with a sharp knife.  Place the pineapple upright on a cutting board and carefully slice off the outer skin.  With a sharp paring knife or the end if a vegetable peeler, remove the eyes.  Don't cut too deep, just enough to lift out the section that contains the eye.  Then, remove the fibrous core.  One way to do this is to cut the pineapple lengthwise into 4 wedges (quarter it) and cut around the fibrous center core.  Another popular way is to slice the pineapple crosswise and remove the cores individually with a cookie cutter.  Once the fruit is prepared, it can be diced and eaten fresh, added to salads and entrees for an exotic flavor, or made into tasty tropical drinks.  
Here is a delicious, nutritious, cholesterol-free smoothie recipe high in bromelain, vitamin C, potassium, thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin (vitamin B-2), iron, fiber and isoflavones.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie
    1 frozen banana
    1 cup fresh pineapple
    3/4 cup soymilk
    1 tablespoon honey or sugar (optional)
Blend all of the above ingredients in a food processor or blender for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and creamy.
Makes about 2-3/4 cups (2 servings)
This recipe is from the book "Virtues of Soy: A Practical Health Guide and Cookbook" by Monique N. Gilbert (Universal Publishers, $19.95, available at most online booksellers).  http://www.geocities.com/virtuesofsoy/
Copyright © Monique N. Gilbert - All Rights Reserved.  
Monique N. Gilbert, B.Sc., is a Health Advocate, Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Counselor, Recipe Developer, Freelance Writer and Author.
E-mail:  monique@chef.net  -  http://www.geocities.com/virtuesofsoy/
Author Bio . . .
Monique N. Gilbert has a Bachelor of Science degree, is a Certified Personal Trainer/Fitness Counselor and Health Advocate.  She began a low-fat, whole grain, vegetable-rich diet in the mid-1970's.  This introduced her to a healthier way of eating and became the foundation of her dietary choices as an adult.  She became a full-fledged vegetarian on Earth Day 1990.  Over the years she has increased her knowledge and understanding about health and fitness, and the important role diet plays in a person's strength, vitality and longevity.  Monique feels it is her mission to educate and enlighten everyone about the benefits of healthy eating and living.
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To make sure your stomach isn’t churning into the wee hours of the morning (or during dessert), Berman suggests capping off a meal with a few chunks of pineapple. “It contains an enzyme called bromelain which may help improve digestion.”
Bromelain breaks down protein into smaller segments to aid digestion. And a University of Maryland Medical Center study says pineapple has been used for centuries in South America to treat indigestion. So it’s especially helpful if you threw caution to the wind and, instead of worrying about how you might smell afterward, sank your chops into a filet, burger or other protein.
Pineapple. Review of Natural Products. Facts & Comparisons 4.0. St. Louis, MO: Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc; January 2009. Accessed January 21, 2009.

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