Supports digestion and fat burning
Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain, which breaks down proteins and peptides into amino acids to aid digestion. The enzymes it contains stimulate fat burning. In addition, bromelain is very effective against intestinal parasites and worms and attacks both.
Bromelain is also used for traumatic or postoperative swelling of the nose and sinuses thanks to its decongestant properties. Pineapple also promises relief from sports injuries and sore muscles, as the potassium it contains regulates the water balance and ensures that the muscles are given the nutrition needed to recover.
The potassium in pineapple also leads to a diuretic and draining effect. At the same time, the dietary fibres and the enzyme bromelain help the intestine to eliminate toxins better. It also contains vitamin C and activates a blood-cleansing enzyme in the liver.
Due to the minerals it contains, pineapple has a strong basic effect and thus supports de-acidification of the body. People who are overly acidic often react aggressively or irritated. The alkaline effect of pineapple helps you to react calmly even in stressful situations.
Pineapple also contains substances that can have a positive effect on our mood. Natural vanillin is said to have a euphoric and erotic effect. Pineapple also contains tryptophan, the precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin. A healthy serotonin level keeps us balanced, in a good mood and relaxed. In addition, serotonin has a braking effect on cravings and reduces nervousness and fear.
Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-infectious effect
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, pineapple bromelain has a positive effect in the treatment of fever and colds. Several scientific studies have also been able to show that the natural digestive enzyme bromelain from pineapple has a cancer cell-inhibiting effect on colon and breast cancer.
Micronutrients and enzymes in pineapple:
Isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, cysteine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, threonine, tryptophan, valine, arginine, histidine, alanine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, serine, uric acid, purine.
Poly-pentoses, poly-hexoses, poly-uronic acid, cellulose, lignin.
Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, chloride.
Iron, zinc, copper, manganese, fluoride.
Unsaturated fatty acids
Omega 6 fatty acids (octadecadienoic acid/linoleic acid), omega 3 fatty acids (octadecadienoic acid/linolenic acid), hexadecenoic acid/palmitoleic acid, octadecenoic acid/oleic acid, glycerin and lipoids.
Vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B7 (biotin ), vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
Bromelain (Enzymes consist of amino acids and act as biocatalysts. They trigger important metabolic processes and reactions.)
Interesting facts about the pineapple
Pineapples originally came from Paraguay and southern Brazil, but soon made their way to Central America and the West Indies. As Europeans explored the Americas, pineapples continued to spread. Christopher Columbus brought it back to Spain in 1493 on his second voyage to the New World, and in the 16th century the Portuguese spread the tropical fruit around the world. In the 18th and 19th centuries it became increasingly popular in Europe.
Pineapple as a remedy
Pineapples were already used as a remedy by the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean and northern South America, because the enzyme bromelain it contains has an anti-inflammatory, blood-thinning and decongestant effect and supports digestion. It is said that King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886) brought his digestion back into balance with pineapple wine from the court pharmacy after a sumptuous feast.
Origin of its name
Due to its resemblance to a pine cone, the fruit was named pineapple by the European explorers. In many other countries, however, it is called ananas or similar, which is composed of naná, which means ‘fruit’ in the Guaraní language, and the Latin species epithet comosus, which means ‘tufted’ and alludes to the tuft of leaves at the upper end of the infructescence.
Not a fruit but a berry
It belongs to the bromeliad family and is actually a false fruit. Because botanically correct, it is a fruit association of berries on a thickened infructescence axis, which have grown together. The plant has rosette-like green leaves that are up to 120 cm long with thorns, many small flowers grow from the center and berries develop from them, which over time grow together into a pineapple fruit. It takes 13 to 18 months to be ready for harvest.