Pick Up a Pineapple and Reap the Benefits
By Brandi Swieter
Pineapples are tropical fruit with tang. The sourly sweet food is tasty to some and not so to others, but everyone should get it in their diet when they can, regardless. Whether people have a taste for it or not, pineapples offer plenty of health benefits that make eating it worthwhile.
Prevention of Cancer
Breast, mouth, and throat cancers are all commonly prevented by the regular consumption of pineapple. Thanks to the high amount of antioxidants within the fruit, as well as the flavonoids and vitamins, damaging cells can be stopped before they have the chance to do much harm. Eating pineapple just a few times a week can help significantly.
Calcium is often linked to bone health, of which pineapple does not have much of, but manganese is an essential component as well. Pineapple contains plenty of manganese that works to repair bones, help them re-grow, and make them stronger. Just one serving of pineapple gives consumers 70 percent of their daily value.
Strengthened Teeth and Gums
Thanks to the same antioxidants that work to fight off mouth and throat cancer, the teeth and gums also get stronger when people eat pineapple. The astringent properties within pineapple work to tighten up tissues so tooth loss does not occur as easily. If anyone suffers from retracting gums or loosened teeth, pineapple is a good assistant.
Beta-carotene, which is found in pineapple, works to delay macular degeneration. With this age-related disease slowed down, people can experience normal vision for longer. Regular consumption of pineapple can improve vision and leave sight intact.
Prevention of Dementia
Dementia and Alzheimer’s, two aging diseases that impact memory, are less of a risk when people consume regular amounts of pineapple. The fruit contains ideal levels of copper, which can help maintain neural pathways and improve overall cognitive function. People already suffering from some memory loss should eat more pineapple to slow the process.
Improved Blood Circulation
Also thanks to copper, along with the help of potassium, blood circulation gets improved when eating pineapple. Copper ensures healthy red blood cells get formed while potassium eases tension within blood vessels. A high red blood cell level helps the body maintain function of other vital organs. The blood will be able to flow freely through the body. With improved flow and blood vessels free from tension, blood pressure gets reduced as well.
Enjoy pineapples more often for a healthy snack or mixed with other food choices. The fruit brings many benefits that people need for improved health.
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