Kim Kardashian West, selfie queen, influencer and social media extraordinaire, has over 116 million followers on just Instagram alone. Kim is possibly one of the most powerful influencers in the world today. When her posts go live, millions of followers double tap away and sit up and listen. It’s no wonder then that in June this year Kim won the first ever CFDA Influencer award. Love her or hate her, Kim’s level of influence is undeniable.
Last month the 37-year-old mother of three directed her Instagram followers to Google the benefits of pineapple juice. Why, you ask? Well, you can’t deny that pineapples are just delicious. Whether you drink the juice, cook the fruit or eat it raw, pineapples are a tasty explosion of both sweet and sour in your mouth. And an added bonus: They also have a number of health benefits.
Well, if it’s good enough for Kim K., then it’s good enough for the rest of us! Want to know more? Then read on!
First: Buying the Right Pineapple Juice
When purchasing pineapple juice, the most important thing you need to make sure of is that you are actually drinking pineapple juice and not a pineapple-like drink. Pineapple-like drinks are more than often just flavored water and should be avoided.
Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is naturally sweet, unlike some other fruit juices; as a result, no additional sugar is needed. Most brands don’t add any other sugars, but be sure to check the label before you purchase the juice. The only substance that may be added to the drink is ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. Ascorbic acid helps maintain the color and flavor of the drink and also provides an extra vitamin boost.
Check out these benefits of drinking pineapple juice:
Pineapple Juice Helps Ensure Healthy Bones
It is widely recognized that calcium is beneficial for good bone health, but another contender for maintaining healthy bones is manganese. Found in pineapples, manganese is equally beneficial to contributing toward building healthy bones by strengthening them and helping keep any future bone issues at bay.
Seventy-three percent of the manganese in the body can be produced with just one glass of pineapple juice. And with a large number of the world’s population being manganese deficient, more of us should definitely be drinking pineapple juice.
Pineapple Juice Is an Anti-Inflammatory
If you suffer from inflammation, you know it can be very uncomfortable. Pineapple is a great natural alternative for an anti-inflammatory, as it’s rich in many natural nutrients and contains an enzyme that acts like a natural aspirin. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent as well as an anti-coagulant, blood thinner and pain reliever. It is said to reduce swelling, bruising and pain in musculoskeletal injuries as well as reduce symptoms of tendonitis and bursitis.
Drinking pineapple juice on a regular basis may help in easing symptoms of inflammatory digestive disorders such as Crohn’s disease and reduce inflammation that is associated with joint disorders like arthritis.
Pineapple Juice Helps Maintain Eye Health
Drinking pineapple juice regularly helps maintain healthy vision and prevent age-related eye problems such as macular degeneration that affects older people. Pineapple juice contains the same anti-oxidant as carrots and is rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene which is essential for eye health. The Vitamin A can assist in fighting against cataracts by maintaining the fluid in the eye and reducing the risk of it occurring.
Pineapple Juice Improves Oral Health
Dentists recommend drinking pineapple juice to aid you in retaining healthy gums and teeth. The vitamin C in pineapple juice promotes strong teeth. Pineapples, although quite acidic, actually alkalize the mouth and are the only fruit to contain an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain is recognized for many health benefits and when taken orally will help reduce inflammation and increase healing, especially after having wisdom teeth removed. It is also said to act as a natural stain remover, so you are not only looking after your teeth but cleaning them!
Pineapple Juice Assists in Maintaining Gut Health
Pineapples are tasty and easy to digest. Being rich in fiber, they help prevent the risk of bloating and gas. The soluble fiber contained in pineapples attracts water in the gut, slowing down absorption. This process allows the digestive tract to absorb all the vitamins and minerals needed from the food you eat.
Along with this, pineapples act as a natural laxative, breaking down the stool, quickening the movement through the body and curing constipation.
Side Effects of Pineapple Juice
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There’s Something Else…
Some may remember an episode of Kim and Kourtney Take Miami about five years ago where, well, erm… the sisters take part in a unique experiment. In this experiment, they drink pineapple juice for a number of days to see if it makes everything tastes sweeter… y’know, down below. However, I think we’ll let you make your own mind up about that particular benefit.
Now you know the benefits and perks of pineapple juice, you should read the top five benefits of adding probiotic foods into your diet.
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