It is the enzyme bromelain that has made pineapples famous for healing the digestive system
Take a glass of freshly-juiced, ripened pineapple, find a quiet, comfortable corner in your home, and close your eyes. Take a long sip and, as the daily cares wash away, slowly you will begin to hear the sound of ocean waves lapping on the white shoreline of a tropical island. Above you, swishing palm leaves dance to the hot, sultry breeze. Add a pinch of coconut juice, and you are Robinson Crusoe, lounging in a hammock on some ancient, forgotten paradise.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Pineapple Juice
Heals Digestive Disorders
Improves Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Rid the Body of Excess Mucus
Pineapple Juice Nutrition
Pineapples are not just about dreamy taste; they are jam-packed with vitamin C and manganese, and are a good source of thiamin, vitamin B6, and copper, as well as fiber when eaten.
Pineapple Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
Pineapple Juice is a good source of:
- Fibre (when eaten)
- Vitamin B6
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Pineapple Juice
Aside from taste, it is the enzyme bromelain that has made pineapples famous for healing the digestive system—and pineapples are full of bromelain. Unfortunately, the only ways to ingest this fragile compound are by eating or juicing fresh pineapples. Not only does bromelain aid digestion, but it is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which reduces swelling and improves inflammation-related conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, acute sinusitis, arthritis, and gout. It has even been known to cure laryngitis. Fresh pineapple juice can soothe a sore throat with the benefit of immune-boosting vitamin C. Bromelain can break down excess mucus, improving symptoms of bronchitis and pneumonia. Remember: the processing methods—frozen concentrated, canned, and bottled (pasteurized), destroy all enzymes, and negate the pineapple’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Preparing for Juicing
Remove top and bottom of the fruit. If not organically grown, hold the pineapple on end and thinly slice away skin. Cut into slices and pass through the juicer, including the hard core.
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Pineapple Juice Tips
I am going to share a secret. When I come across some off-season oranges or melons that are less then ideal, a scope of frozen concentrated pineapple juice works wonders, bringing to life even the most jet-lagged fruit. An added slice of fresh pineapple is even better.
Picking Perfect Produce
Choosing an optimum pineapple may take some practice. It ought to have a strong, sweet aroma. Look for a large, plump, heavy fruit with dark, golden-colored skin. The center leaves should easily pull out. Summer is prime pineapple season because the sun is at its strongest. Jet-shipped or jet-fresh are more expensive; they have been flown from the field only a day or two before we buy them. Most pineapples are shipped by sea and are often weeks old by the time they reach your grocer’s shelf.
Storing Your Produce
As with most tropical fruit, pineapples do not continue to ripen after picking. Store up to 5 days at room temperature or, once cut, refrigerate up to a week.
While juice fasting, fresh liquid pineapple can be dense and overwhelming in flavor, so mix it with apple or melon juice. Pineapple/mango juice is so tasty it should be outlawed. Try freezing this antioxidant cocktail into popsicles and see if you can keep your kids away.