Native to tropical America, it is also cultivated in other countries with tropical and subtropical climates. It belongs to the same botanical family of gravata and samambaia, known as the old beard of the Bromeliadae family.
Pineapple contains a large amount of nutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids), vitamins A and C, sodium, potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus.
It highlights the presence of fibers and pectin, which helps the digestive system function. It has the function of dissolving mucus and facilitating digestion, due to the presence of proteolytic enzyme.
The bromelain present in pineapple has the ability to break down cold mucoproteins.
Advice for use
- Anemia – The acidity of pineapple promotes digestion and absorption of iron. An anemic can, in the interval of meals, take a little pineapple juice diluted in water and sweetened with cane honey.
- Diuresis – Pineapple juice is an excellent diuretic.
- Inappetence – Pineapple juice, sugar-free, taken in small amounts one or two hours before meals, helps whet the appetite.
- Nephrolytiasis – To help remove stones, there are specific natural treatments. Pineapple juice, with other juices and infusions, can help effectively. You can spend a few days on an exclusive pineapple diet, and drink tea such as breaking-stones, avocado leaves, breva cane and cavalinha. In the meantime, it is advisable to follow medical advice for each case.