10 Health Benefits of Pineapple For Your Hair And Skin
Posted on 04 June 2016
Pineapple is an amazing tropical fruit.
It's a really tasty fruit but did you know that it is full of vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and C, manganese, copper, potassium, beta-carotene, folic acid and dietary fibers?
Here are 10 reasons why you should add them to your salads, desserts, smoothies, and juices. Get creative and add them to your cereals, your favorite pizza or chicken dish!
1. Good For Your Eyes
Beta-carotene and vitamin A are important nutrients for healthy eyes. In its absence, people might experience gradual loss of vision and have difficulty in reading and recognizing objects properly. If consumed regularly, pineapple juice is proven by research to reduce the risk of macular degeneration in old age. The presence of antioxidants also helps to solve eye related problems and maintain good health.
2. Get Strong Bones
Even though magnesium is required in only trace amounts in our body, there are not a lot of food groups included in our everyday diet that are rich in magnesium. Magnesium is a crucial part of the DNA construct and is needed for strengthening our bones and connective tissues. Pineapple is a rich source of magnesium. A cup of pineapple juice complements at least 73% of our regular requirement for magnesium. During a child's development, pineapples aid growth of bones while in old age helps strengthen them.
3. Improve Digestion
Pineapples benefit all parts of the digestive system. In the mouth, it helps to keep our gums and teeth healthy and strong. It prevents the formation of plaque and restricts bacterial activity, reducing the risk of periodontal disease and gingivitis. Bromelain is an excellent proteinase that helps to effectively break down proteins in our food. Vitamin C and dietary fiber, which is abundantly present in pineapples, helps to increase our metabolism and digest food better. It also helps to promote good bowel movements and get rid of certain intestinal parasites such as tapeworms.
Did you know that a cup of pineapple juice is also found to be effective in fighting nausea or motion sickness?
4. Promote Hair And Nail Growth
Pineapples help prevent hair loss and thicken hair stands. Vitamin C, abundantly present in pineapples, helps to prevent hair loss. Its antioxidant properties are good for combating free radicals which damage hair growth. Whether consumed as a whole fruit or made into juice, vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that also provides nourishment to the hair follicles. Pineapple extracts are also known to be rich in enzymes that help provide vital nutrients to the follicles as well. This improves their elasticity and thickness and makes them sturdier and more resistant to breaking. The bromelain in pineapples also combats inflammation of the scalp and prevents scalp infections that might cause unwanted hair loss. Check out this DIY pineapple homemade hair mask.
Pineapples are excellent for your nails too. Rich in vitamins, it is an effective way to fight vitamin deficiency symptoms such as cracked and brittle nails. Check out this homemade pineapple natural nail treatment.
5. Antioxidants and Anti-Cancer Abilities
The antioxidants present in pineapple juice helps to fight against free radical damage in the body. This not only prevents cell damage but also prevents the formation of cancerous tumors and protects from other diseases such as atherosclerosis, arthritis and heart diseases. Add pineapple to your anti-aging beauty routine and follow this natural homemade recipe for a younger looking skin. Vitamin C also helps to boost the body’s immune system, especially because of its antioxidant function.
6. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Doctors are known to recommend regular consumption of pineapples to patients with arthritis and other diseases that cause swelling of bones and tissues, because of its anti-inflammatory properties. In patients suffering from acute bronchitis, the anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple help to reduce the inflammation in the bronchial tubes. Pineapples are also recommended in cases of catarrh, where the mucous membranes in cavities or airways become inflamed.
7. Natural Exfoliate
Freshly crushed pineapple makes excellent exfoliating agents for the skin. That, along with its collagen regenerating properties, helps to slough off the dead skin cells and increase blood flow to the skin, making it look healthy and radiant. They are especially good for healing cracked feet. Not only does it eliminate the dead, calloused skin and leave them feeling smooth, but they also relieve the painful inflammation and swelling. When used along with coconut oil, pineapple hydrates chapped lips and soften them. Try this DIY homemade Pineapple Tropical Scrub.
8. Cardiovascular Health
The powerful antioxidant properties of pineapple lower levels of free radicals and cholesterol, preventing the occurrence of heart diseases. The mineral content which is high in potassium and low in sodium is the best way to cure hypertension and maintain normal blood pressure levels. Did you know that a cup of pineapple juice is known to contain 1 mg of sodium and 195 mg of potassium? Bromelain in pineapples reduces the viscosity of blood and is known to improve blood circulation and ensure smooth flow of blood in the vessels. Vitamin C also prevents atherosclerosis.
9. Improve Skin Health
The vitamin C present in pineapples makes it an excellent cure for acnes. Whether used topically or consumed, it works effectively in addressing acne and other inflammatory problems of the skin, especially when paired with a skin care acne treatment. The enzyme bromelain boosts the healing effect of vitamin C. Check out this natural DIY Acne-Prone Scrub treatment with pineapple.
Pineapples also have collagen synthesizing properties which help to fight the aging processes and makes the skin smooth and firm. Vitamin C and amino acids provide nourishment to the damaged tissue and cells, boosting their repair process. Use this DIY Homemade Facial Mask with Pineapple and Honey for a smoother, firmer, younger looking skin.
10. Release Toxins and Heal
The abundance of vitamin C and bromelain helps the body to fight against microbial infections. Along with prescribed antibiotics, eating pineapples helps to cure cough and cold. Bromelain also helps to break down fibrin and resolve clotting within blood vessels. Bromelain also helps prevent many other ailments such as sinusitis, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, sore throat, gout, and swellings. Pineapple juice is a natural diuretic that helps to release toxins from the body.
Despite all these amazing benefits, some people are allergic to pineapples and develop rashes and swelling around the lips when consuming one. Excessive consumption of pineapples may cause diarrhea and menstrual bleeding. There has been evidence of the use of pineapples and parts of the plants as an abortifacient, either by avoiding pregnancy or invoking miscarriage. Therefore, pregnant women are advised to seek doctor’s counsel before including this fruit in their diet.