The Exotic Fruit for Inflammation and Pain
By Joe Palumbo IFBB Pro
Traditional painkillers, like aspirin, is a great solution for relieving pain and inflammation, but there’s a definite downside. These drugs often lead to more trouble including upset stomach and bleeding ulcers. Take a pill to help one problem to only cause a different problem, ironic right? Pharmaceutical companies earned billions of dollars selling anti-inflammatory drugs every year. This article reveals a low-cost natural alternative to expensive prescription anti-inflammatory drugs that could help thousands suffering from pain and inflammation while improving protein digestion and treating indigestion.
Pineapple has been used for centuries in Central and South America to treat indigestion and reduce inflammation. Contrary to popular belief, pineapples did not originate in Hawaii. Christopher Columbus brought pineapples back to Europe after one of his expeditions to South America, where they are believed to have originated from. Pineapples became known as an extravagant and exotic served only at the most lavish of banquets. The fruit is actually made of many individual berries that fuse together around a central core. Each pineapple scale is an individual berry.
As an athlete, I know the importance of a healthy digestion system, a serving of pineapple helps improve digestion by providing fiber and a certain type of digestive enzyme. As we age, our bodies lose the ability to produce enough digestive enzymes to ensure complete digestion. Without enough digestive enzymes to break down food, we may experience indigestion, gas and bloating. Pineapples contain bromelain a proteolytic enzyme that helps break down Protein. Bromelain is a natural anti-inflammatory that can assist in the reduction of pain and swelling, as well as aid the healing of wounds and bruises in the body. The anti-inflammatory effect of Bromelain comes from its capability to prevent the formation of kinnins or that which is responsible for inflammation. Unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain. It is also aids the body by cleansing it of harmful toxins. Bromelain in pineapples helps prevent blood clotting is also effective in fighting off viral and bacterial activities in the human body.
Pineapples naturally contain few calories, cholesterol or saturated fat, but are high in fiber which makes them an ideal snack food for those that are trying to lose weight. One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contain approximately 82 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, One cup of fresh pineapple chunks provides 131% of your vitamin C needs for the day. Removing fruit from the diet in order to reduce sugar is a classic mistake made by many athletes. Pineapple is a great source of potassium; athlete and bodybuilders are especially prone to potassium deficiency. The use of diuretics can also lead to depletion. Severe potassium can put a strain on the heart something that needs to be avoided at all costs. Pineapple is also known for its high level of manganese. The Manganese mineral is an essential element for energy production, while protecting your cells from free radicals. It helps your body use key nutrients including thiamine and biotin, keeps your bones healthy and helps synthesize fatty foods.
Competitive athletes need to pay close attention to their diets if they wish to perform at their peak, close attention has to be paid to food intake. While fruits and vegetables are widely promoted for their general health benefits, pineapple may be particularly well-suited for athletes.
Joe Palumbo IFBB Pro
Certified Personal Trainer
Advance Sports Nutrition Specialist (ASNS)
Certified Navy Seal fitness Instructor
Source: Bromelain | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/bromelain#ixzz3UlNK0I7f
University of Maryland Medical Center