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Pineapples are delicious tropical fruits with yellow flesh. They are very sweet, juicy, and make a great natural sweetener for your juice blends. Like most fruits, pineapples are rich in Vitamin C. This article will be showing you all the benefits of pineapple juice, nutritional value, and how it can improve your life.
Pineapple juice provides a rich amount of several nutrients. 1 cup (240 mL) carries around:
- Calories: 132
- Protein: less than 1 gram
- Fat: less than 1 gram
- Carbs: 33 grams
- Sugars: 25 grams
- Fiber: less than 1 gram
- Manganese: 55% of the daily value
- Copper: 19% of the daily value
- Vitamin B6: 15% of the daily value
- Vitamin C: 14% of the daily value
- Thiamine: 12% daily value
- Folate: 11% of the daily value
- Potassium: 7% of the daily value
- Magnesium: 7% of the daily value
Pineapple juice is particularly rich in manganese, copper, and vitamins B6 and C. These nutrients play an important role in bone health, immunity, wound healing, energy production, and tissue structure.
It also contains trace amounts of iron, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, choline, and vitamin K, as well as various B vitamins.
Now let us get into the health benefits of drinking pineapple juice:
1. It Strengthens Your Immune System
A 2014 study that took place in the Philippines, researchers studied the effects of pineapple on 98 school children. The children who consumed canned pineapple daily had less viral and bacterial diseases than those who did not eat any of this fruit. The participants who did contract an infection in the group that ate pineapple had a quicker recovery time. While this is a limited study, the results imply a connection linking pineapple consumption and a more powerful immune response to diseases.
2. It Can Help With Digestion
Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple stalk and juice. It helps the body break down and absorb proteins. In capsule form, bromelain may reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain after surgery, according to this clinical trial. But, drinking pineapple juice only will not give you enough bromelain to heal wounds and damaged tissues in your body. The standard method used in the processing of pineapple juice seriously reduces the quantity of bromelain that it produces. Notwithstanding, when people eat it as part of a high fiber diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, pineapple juice might help improve digestion.
3. It Can Promote A Healthier Looking Skin
Pineapple juice comprises vitamin C and beta carotene. These antioxidants can assist in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It can improve overall skin texture, and reduce skin damage from the sun and environmental pollution. Vitamin C also helps with the synthesis of collagen, which is a natural protein in the body that provides the skin its strength and elasticity.
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4. Helps to detoxify the body and mind
Because it is loaded with antioxidants and proteolytic enzyme – Bromelain, pineapple juice is a good detox drink. Pineapple has a long-standing history as a digestive aid, a powerful cleanser that alkalizes the body, and boosts your metabolism. The B vitamins existing in pineapple stimulate brain functioning and decrease stress and anxiety. Also, pineapple includes Tryptophan – an amino acid required in Serotonin (happy hormone) production.
5. Incredibly great for vision
Drinking pineapple juice regularly can lead to a reduced risk of developing cataract and macular degeneration. Vitamin C and antioxidants present in pineapple counteract the opacification of the ocular lens that eventually results in cloudiness and vision loss. Beta-carotene, Vitamin A, potassium, and manganese fight off cell destruction that leads to macular degeneration in the aged.
6. Strengthen your gums
Dentists suggest eating fresh pineapple or drinking pineapple juice a few days earlier and after a dental operation to limit swelling, bruising, and inflammation. Bromelain and Vitamins C and K lessen inflammation and aid with wound healing. The astringents already in pineapple can contract gum tissues and even fix teeth loosening or retracted gums. Bromelain can eliminate stains and break up plaque. In addition, the manganese in pineapple improves overall oral health.
7. Helps You Lose Weight
Pineapple juice may also have an effect on your weight loss goals: with no unhealthy fat, low calorie, and lots of water, it is a perfect drink to stay fit. It also contains a great amount of fiber. One study found that people who are vitamin C deficient burn 25% lesser calories during gym sessions. Plus, less vitamin C in the circulation is said to increase body fat and waist size. Include fresh pineapple or pineapple juice in the smoothies if you are low on Vitamin C.