I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t enjoy the sweet tropical flavor of a fresh ripe pineapple. Do you? Did you know they are America’s second most favorite tropical fruit? Only the banana tops its popularity, and even then, how often do you see them together in fruit salads or desserts? Hard to beat!
Pineapples are exceptionally juicy and make superb homemade popsicles for the kids (or grown-ups) when blended and poured into molds. Or freeze them in ice cube trays and add them to a favorite fruit drink or to the punch at your next party. Or just let them melt away in your mouth on those hot days.
Pineapples belong to the Bromeliaceae family and contain the enzyme bromelain that digests food by breaking down protein making digestion easier. In South America, pineapples have been used for years to reduce digestive upset and reduce irritation. As a proteolytic enzyme it assists the body’s own digestive mechanisms in reducing very large, complex protein molecules into smaller peptide units or individual amino acids. This same enzyme has effectively reduced indigestion and heartburn for many.
But that’s not all bromelain can do! According to the University of Michigan Health System’s website, bromelain appears to relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis. A dose of 3,000 MCU three times per day “has been reported to relieve symptoms of acute sinusitis. In a double-blind trial, 87% of patients who took bromelain reported good to excellent results compared with 68% of those taking placebo.”
The same site also reports by taking 3,000 MCU (2,000 GDU) three times per day for several days, followed by 2,000 MCU three times per day “prior to and following a surgical procedure has been shown to reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain.”
WebMD has several things to add to that list, too. “It is also used for hay fever, treating a bowel condition that includes swelling and ulcers (ulcerative colitis), removing dead and damaged tissue after a burn (debridement), preventing the collection of water in the lung (pulmonary edema), relaxing muscles, stimulating muscle contractions, slowing clotting, improving the absorption of antibiotics, preventing cancer, shortening labor, and helping the body get rid of fat.”
Adding some fresh pineapple to your diet on a regular basis just may be a solution to many of the aches, pains, and illnesses you suffer from. And best of all, it tastes so good, you’ll find it not only easy, but yummy!
Do you remember who told us to let food be our medicine and medicine be our food? (*see below)
If you or your children are having some extra difficulty getting rid of that cold, flu, or congestion, Bromelin DS from Hebron USA is a completely natural product which contains the enzyme bromelain extracted from pineapples. It has no chemical active ingredients, no known side effects, and is safe for adults and children 3 months or older.
With children back in school and that dreaded flu and cold season ahead, it would be a good idea to have some on hand in addition to those fresh pineapples you hopefully will be munching on daily! In fact, for all of October, Hebron has an amazing half off sale going on at their website! Just enter OCT50 in the code section of the online store and get 50% off any of our products.