Athletes’ use pineapple juice for
inflammation, natives of Central and South America use it for pain relief, to
treat wounds, skin injuries and indigestion, and bromelain extracted from
pineapple has been approved in Germany to treat swelling and inflammation after
We all know the spiky fruit is delicious, but is there any truth to the claim that pineapple can help reduce inflammation?
Aside from being a great source of Vitamin C, pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that plays a role in the body’s healing process. Research indicates that bromelain helps reduce swelling, bruising and pain in musculoskeletal injuries, and can reduce symptoms of arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis.
According to the American Cancer Society and the University of Maryland Medical Center, bromelain may also help with these 9 things:
Although these studies look promising, further research is needed. The good news is, most of us who have tried pineapple for these things have had good results. I've had many people in our community tell me their stories, too.
What can be stated with certainty is that the German Commission E has approved bromelain (issued as a supplement) to treat swelling and inflammation after surgery - a clear endorsement of its positive effects.
So if you want to discover nature’s cure for inflammation, consider increasing your bromelain intake by having pineapple juice for inflammation. The best store of natural bromelain is fresh pineapple, as pineapple quickly loses its natural bromelain stores on heating. Juiced pineapple gives you the quickest and largest dose of bromelain nature can provide!
What’s more you’ll get a potent dose of Vitamin C at the same time, which protects the body from damage from free radicals and boosts the immune system. Vitamin C, as most of us know, decreases the severity of colds and infections. It also builds and repairs body tissue and promotes wound healing.
Vitamin C may even help prevent high blood pressure and diabetes, according to Oregan State University’s Linus Pauling Institute, which publishes research on the role of vitamins and micronutrients in enhancing human health and preventing chronic diseases.
Pineapple is also a rich source of Manganese, Potassium and Thiamine. Pineapples actually contain over 90% the Daily Value (DV) of Manganese, which is needed for strong bone growth and health – just another reason many athletes regularly drink pineapple juice!
There aren’t really any dangers in using pineapple juice for inflammation or any other purpose, but caution is advised for pregnant women, as excessive pineapple juice may cause uterine contractions, which can lead to a miscarriage.
Also make sure your pineapple is ripe before you can juice or eat it whole! A ripe pineapple is heavy, a little soft (gives in a bit with a slight squeeze), and you should be able to smell its sweet scent at the base. Unripe fruit can cause runny stools, vomiting or even skin rashes so always make sure you eat fresh, ripe fruit and monitor your body’s response to it – if you feel bad, don’t consume it.
Because bromelain is a natural blood thinner, you shouldn’t add pineapple juice to your diet if you take blood thinning medications, as it can increase your risk of bleeding.
To be on the safe side, I always advise consulting with your physician before making any dietary change. He/she may advise against adding pineapple juice to your regular diet or adjust your medication to allow for increased bromelain intake.
Last but not least, one cup of pineapple has only 83 calories and between 16 and 22 grams of sugar, so monitor your intake if you’re trying to lose weight. Make sure you juice the core and stem to increase the nutritional qualities and get the greatest stores of bromelain.
Ultimately, if you want a natural way to aid your body’s healing, aid in a healthy lifestyle and satisfy your sweet tooth, fresh, organic juiced pineapples are the way forward. Below I've paired it with turmeric which has proven inflammatory fighting properties. Read more about turmeric here.
Cut the pineapple into long spears. Cut the romaine lettuce into smaller, juice-able sections. Cut the cucumber into spears. Juice the cucumber, romaine, turmeric and pineapple together. Serve immediately.