Unbeknownst to many the pineapple (or money for that matter) does not grow on trees. I can only imagine an orchard of pineapple trees drooping over in agony as its branches wrestle to hold the weight of a densely succulent bromeliad. Nature knew what it was doing when it created an environment for this jewel like masterpiece to be grown from a plant.
Each and every pineapple, unlike most fruit, is grown from its own plant. They are not too difficult to grow but can take up to 2-3 years to produce only one single pineapple. For many the beauty of the plant itself, reaching diameters of 3-4 feet high and wide, is enough to endure a season of wait and gloating. In time a beautiful flower will grow in the center of the plant and eventually be replaced by a single glorious pineapple.
I love taking an early morning run to begin my fitness regimen for the day. Having lived in S. E. Asia for almost a decade I’ve had many an opportunity to witness this ‘golden fruit’ nestled within the pineries, as I glide by in the silence of the early morning hours. Pineapples became known as an extravagant and exotic fruit, only served at the most lavish and prestigious of banquets. The pineapple received its name from the Spanish word “piña” (because of its miniature look alike the pinecone) and the English word “apple” (because of its sweetness).
The pineapple known for its prickly skin and a reputation for being laborious to peel can actually be gained access to quite easily. I’ve been to many fruit stalls and witnessed the vendor slicing his or her way through this reptilian looking skin with ease. Simply slicing off the bottom and the crown, then quickly working their way around, removing the skin and the many eyes looking out from within. Unlike the days of old, the pineapple can now take center stage in any home, both for the rich and for those watching their purse strings.
There’s good news hailing the pineapple. The nutritional value in the pineapple is something worth bowing down to. It’s not surprising that she is known for adorning her glory; why? From the very top of her stem to the core of this fruit the pineapple has a complex enzyme known as Bromelain. Bromelain in its natural form is only found in the pineapple; specifically within its stem and core. Wow, now that’s the crown jewel! Bromelain has a variety of specific health benefits; such as reducing inflammation, excessive blood coagulation and certain tumor growths. There are other amazing nutritional components held within the carcass of the pineapple. The list could go on and on but let’s highlight a few of the pineapples glorious attributes; designed just for you:
- In a day and age where cancer has risen to phenomenal heights and effecting people globally. You will be happy to know that the pineapple is a tremendous source of antioxidants which help to combat free radicals known to cause various cancers.
- Containing an abundance of vitamin C and bromelain helps to fight against microbial infections. This strong antioxidant affect builds the immunes system; which helps to prevent sore throats, ear infections, sinusitis and other cold and flu like symptoms.
- Drinking pineapple juice does far more than satisfying thirst from this delicious elixir. It is known to reduce inflammation brought on from tendinitis, strains, sprains, minor muscle injuries and even gives strength to the bones and connecting tissues.
- Eating pineapple can curve nausea brought on through pregnancy and even motion sickness.
- Rich in fiber and water, pineapple helps to promote digestion. Reducing constipation and aiding in regularity and a healthy digestive tract.
- If high blood pressure is an issue; there’s help. High in potassium and low in sodium; pineapple helps to maintain normal blood pressure levels.
- At any age our eyesight is very important. Beta-carotene present in pineapples helps to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. I can see clearly that we should be eating pineapple.
- You’re going to love this one. Pineapples know that beauty is more than skin deep. Regular consumption of pineapples helps inflammatory conditions affecting the scalp and creating unwanted hair loss. Vital nutrients feed the hair follicles which improves elasticity and thickness. Giving your hair more volume.
- Pineapple scrubs can be can be made from crushed pineapple wedges to exfoliate and hydrate the face and even the feet. Exfoliating removes dry, dead and damaged skin.
Pineapple gives the collagen synthesis in your body a re-boot and an increase of blood flow and circulation. Giving you hydration and providing firmer and flexible skin. You can so much as use pineapple topically to aid in weak and chipped nails and apply to chapped lips. Here are a few of the wonderful vitamins, minerals and health producing benefits that have been discovered in the wellspring of the pineapple: Thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin A, C and B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, fiber, potassium, bromelain, phosphorous, calcium, antioxidants, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese and polyphenols such as beta-carotene. It’s amazing to see all of the incredible, edible and topical gifts that the pineapple brings to the table as she offers her crown of glory to YOU.
So don’t hesitate the next time you see her in the grocery isle or at the local farmers market. Pick her up and bring her home: you won’t regret it. One of my favorite juices where the pineapple takes center stage.
Natures H.R.T. (Hormone Replacement Therapy)
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