Named pineapples by the early Europeans because of their resemblance to the pine cones, pineapples are luscious fruits with exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the taste of sweetness and tart.
Pineapples are excellent sources of vitamin C, a very powerful water soluble vitamin that plays a vital role in the maintenance of cell walls and connective tissue and so is essential for health of blood vessels, skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and the body’s lining surfaces. Vitamin C also promotes the uptake and absorption of iron and is critically involved in the effective operation of the immune system.
These precious looking fruits are jam packed with several vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, fiber, copper, pantothenic acid and manganese, one of the minerals essential to all life on this planet earth. It is very vital for the activity of many enzymes and metabolic reactions. Manganese is also involved in the nerve and muscle function, and in the growth and repair of bones. It is also necessary for the activity of an enzyme called manganese super-oxide dismutase, a powerful enzyme with antioxidant properties that seeks out the free radicals in our body and neutralizes these cell damaging particles thereby preventing many of potential dangers they may cause.
Once considered alien and symbol of hospitality in the colonial times because of their rarity, pineapples today are found in markets throughout the world because of the incomparable ray of nutrients found in them.
For they offer not only the tantalizing taste but also contains bromelain, a unique protein – digesting enzyme that can hydrolyze or break down a variety of types of proteins in both acid and alkaline environments.
Bromelain plays a key role in digestion and its amazing properties have prompted many practitioners to use it as an agent in wound healing, reduction of swellings and redness, ease sinus discomfort, help relieve bone discomfort, keep blood flowing normally and reduce pain from sprains, strains, bruises, and other minor injuries.
Known as mananasi in Swahili, pineapples are scientifically called Ananas comosus and are thought to have originated in Southern America.
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