Sunday, November 1, 2015

Although a natural phenomenon that comes along with age, sagging breasts don’t have to be one of your concerns. All you need to do is eat more pineapples. According to doctors, pineapples are abundant in antioxidants and they also show anti-cancerous properties. Pineapples are especially beneficial for women as they contain substances that restore skin fiber elasticity. This is mostly visible on female breasts because they lose their shape over the years. Smoking, excess alcohol and coffee can aggravate the problem, but pineapples can do wonders about it and the results will be noticeable immediately. 

How to prepare an amazing pineapple smoothie
  • 1 cup finely chopped pineapple
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3-4 ice cubes
Blend the ingredients together and drink the smoothie in the morning or before a meal.

The Benefits of Pineapple

Arthritis Management: When it comes to health benefits, pineapple is best known for its ability to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles, especially those linked to arthritis, a debilitating disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It contains a fairly rare proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which is known to break down complex proteins, and has serious anti-inflammatory effects. This enzyme has further demonstrated the ability to reduce the signs and symptoms of arthritis in many test subjects.

Pineapple for the Immune System: A single pineapple serving has over 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin-C, which makes it one of the richest and tastiest sources of ascorbic acid. Vitamin C benefits are versatile, ranging from reducing illness and enhancing the immune system by stimulating the activity of white blood cells to acting as an antioxidant against the harmful effects of free radicals. Dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism, free radicals can harm various systems in the body disrupting their function, as well as cause healthy cells to change into cancerous ones. The high content of vitamin C in pineapples is an excellent protection against this.
Tissue and Cellular Health: Although this benefit of vitamin C is often disregarded, it plays an important role in collagen production, collagen being the essential protein base of blood vessel walls, skin, organs, and bones. Thus, the abundance of vitamin C in pineapples stimulates wound healing along with defending against infections and illness.

Cancer Prevention: Pineapple has directly been linked to preventing cancers of the mouth, throat, and breasts. Apart from the abundance of vitamin C, pineapples are also packed with various other antioxidants, including vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds, and high levels of manganese, an important co-factor of superoxide dismutase, which is an extremely powerful tool that fights free radicals linked to a number of different cancers.

Digestion: A rich source of fiber, pineapples are different than other fruits in that they contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Daily consumption of pineapples can guard you against numerous health conditions, including constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, atherosclerosis and blood clotting, as well as blood pressure. Fiber eases the passage of food through the digestive tract, and also stimulates the release of gastric and digestive juices to help food dissolve. Furthermore, it helps with diarrhea and IBS. Fiber also improves cardiovascular health by cleaning the blood vessels of excess cholesterol and eliminating it from the body.

Coughs and Colds: Apart from the boosting power of vitamin C over the immune system, the enzyme bromelain is also beneficial for the reduction of phlegm and mucus that accumulate in the respiratory tracts and sinus cavities as a result of infection or illness.

Bone Health: Despite the fact that pineapples are not abundant in calcium, which is often associated with strong bones, they do abound in manganese, which is another trace mineral essential for bone health, growth and repair. Manganese has the highest content in pineapple, with a single serving delivering over 70% of your daily manganese requirement.

Oral Health: Together with the antioxidant compounds that protect against oral cancer, pineapples also have astringent properties, which strengthen your gums hence ensuring the health of your teeth as well. Astringent agents help to tighten up tissues in the body thus preventing things like tooth loss, hair loss, and muscle weakness or skin loosening. Pineapples are very strong astringents, often prescribed as a natural treatment against tooth loosening or gum retraction.

Eye Health: Pineapples are also beneficial for vision, one of the vital senses for human beings. In fact, pineapples have been directly linked to improving eye health and preventing the common age-related conditions. For one thing, macular degeneration affects many elderly people, and beta carotene, which is also found in pineapples, can help prevent this issue.

Blood Pressure: A valuable source of many minerals, pineapples are also rich in potassium. It’s one of the essential minerals in the body, and potassium insufficiency can lead to many health issues. Potassium is best known as a vasodilator, which means it reduces the tension and stress of the blood vessels stimulating blood circulation to different parts of the body. Plus, when the blood vessels relax, the blood pressure is reduced and the flow of blood is less constrained. As a result, this prevents clots from blocking the flow of blood and decreases plaque buildup in the arteries and vessels. This eventually prevents conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

Blood Circulation: In addition to the vasodilation property of potassium, pineapples also supply the body with copper, another essential mineral that takes part in a number of enzymatic processes and compounds in the body, most of all in the formation of healthy red blood cells. High red blood cell count increases oxygen supply to the various organs thus enabling their optimal function. It further increases cognitive abilities by maintaining neural pathways; therefore it prevents neural disorders including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

A Few Words of Warning: Aside all the health benefits pineapple provides, there are things you still need to be cautious about. The bromelain in pineapples is known as a meat-tenderizing enzyme, which implies it stimulates the digestion of tough foods. But, this can also result in some tenderness or sensitivity of your lips, gums, and tongue if you eat too much pineapple. Bromelain is a powerful chemical if consumed excessively, just like vitamin C, and pineapple is abundant in both of these, so an “overdose” can incur some conditions such as vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and nausea. Moreover, bromelain has shown to stimulate menstruation, so pregnant women should particularly be on the guard limiting their pineapple intake as high levels of bromelain can, in rare cases, even lead to a miscarriage..

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