Pineapple’s amazing Benefits for Smooth Skin and Hair Growth
Stop the presses! Pineapple does what??!!
No doubt you already know that pineapple is high in vitamin C, which provides protection against colds and flu.
You probably also know that it is good for weight loss because of its high fibre content.
Bonus : It is also anti- helminithic, which means that it helps destroy intestinal parasites aka worms.
But that it has superpowers for skin and hair? Yasss!
Pineapple’s secret sauce can be summed up in one word: Bromelain.
What’s so special about Bromelain?
Bromelain is an enzyme that aids digestion. It is proteolytic, which means it digests proteins.
Livestrong.com reports that the enzyme Bromelain also “softens skin, and has been used for years to fight inflammation and swelling. Drinking fresh pineapple juice helps the body synthesize collagen, which helps skin stay firm and flexible, while vitamin C and amino acids help in cell and tissue repair.” Apparently it is also high in vitamins B1 and B6, both of which are necessary to prevent hair loss and thinning hair and to encourage sebum production.
In the book Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis A.Balch, CNC, explains:
“Bromelain, found in pineapple, is excellent for reducing inflammation.”
Inflammation is what happens when you sprain your foot – the site swells, becoming tender and sore. This happens to your lungs during an asthma attack, your sinuses when you have a flu, your joints during gout, and your colon in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It can also be one of the symptoms of acne, eczema, psoriasis and scalp issues. Bromelain reportedly helps in the management of all these conditions, and more. (Of course in conjunction with whatever treatment your doctor recommends.)
Eat all the fruit!
Did you know? There is more bromelain in the pineapple core and peel than in the flesh of the actual fruit. How can
you benefit from the entire pineapple?
When cutting your pineapple, chop up the core into chunks and eat them.
If you’d rather not give your jaws a workout, blitz them in a high-powered blender and add to smoothies.
Do not throw out your pineapple peels! Wash them thoroughly before peeling, then boil them to make a delicious pineapple tea.
RECIPE: Pineapple Tea
Cover washed and sliced peels in a pan of cold water.
Bring to a boil.
Simmer for 20-45 minutes on low heat.
Add sugar, honey or ginger syrup to taste.
TIP : How do you select a ripe pineapple?
Your nose knows. If it has a sweet, aromatic scent, it is ripe. Pull one of the short inner leaves at the
centre of the crown as a test. If it comes away easily, it is ready.