The world we live in is indeed amazing. To think that there are still so many things that we are simply not aware of is breathtaking.
Do you enjoy eating pineapples? TASTY? Did it occur to you why there is such a tough skin to something so tasty? There is awesomeness in the skin too!
Pineapple is from the Bromeliaceae family, one of the most famous fruits. It is usually cultivated in tropical climate countries and enjoyed worldwide due to its sour, sweet, and delicious taste. Its fruits are usually consumed raw when ripe and mostly used for culinary purposes in global cuisines. It can be consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, or preserved.
Tough on the outside and sweet on the inside, pineapples are filled with nutrients.
When you are to eat one, you will probably be eager to get to the golden goods in the middle but the skin also contain beneficial effects to the body’s health.
Pineapple skin has more to offer. Ancient people were traditionally using pineapple skins in treating and preventing numerous types of diseases, because of its nutritional value.
Anytime you eat a pineapple, do not throw away its skin because I will explain to you why it is good for you and what you can do with the skin to reap these benefits.
Nutritional Value of the Pineapple Skin
It contains vitamin B, C, folate, thiamin, pantothenic acid, bromelain (which is very high in the skin and stem than the fruit), niacin, and fibre. It is also packed with minerals including magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, iron, and others.
It has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, and anticancer properties. It is also an excellent source of antioxidants that can help the body to fight free radicals, which causes numerous diseases.
Amazing Health Benefits of Pineapple Skin
Here are some of the amazing health benefits of pineapple skin:
Blood clot reduction
The enzyme bromelain can reduce coagulation of the blood. Copper increases the formation of more red blood cells and potassium helps your blood vessels stay healthy and can counteract large amounts of sodium, enabling the blood pressure to be stable.
Taking pineapple skin tea regularly enables an overall healthier circulatory system.
Drinking the juice from pineapple skin increases your (men and women) libido. It helps you get your groove back. Women also become sweet down there which will make their men come back for more.
Promotes skin and hair
The vitamin C in pineapple skin helps treat acne, pimples and treats black spots (rub peels on the skin). It has anti-aging properties (apply juice on the face) due to the Alpha-hydroxy acid which delays cell death.
The Juice also cures inflammation on the scalp, thickens hair and makes it soft and shinier.
Common cold and sinus inflammation
Vitamin C and bromelain help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
So if your cold has you coughing, try some pineapple skin tea. Those with allergies may want to consider incorporating pineapple skin tea into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus long term.
There are many women out there who are dying to become a mom, but the chances are not in their favour. If you happen to have this difficulty, introduce some pineapple skin tea into your diet. It is crucial that the man drinks it too.
Pineapple skins has beta carotene and bromelain which will reduce inflammation in both the man and woman’s reproductive systems. This will help the man produce healthy sperm and create an ideal environment for implantation in the womb.
When the woman gets pregnant, sip a cup of juice to help with the morning sickness.
Post-Surgery Swelling or Injury
Bromelain, which is anti-inflammatory in nature reduces swelling after surgery or injury.
The skin tea makes digestion smoother. Not only do the skin aid digestion, but also have been found to help fight intestinal parasites, constipation, and possibly irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. They also build up healthy gut flora.
The high levels of vitamin C in the pineapple and its skin prevent and fight infections. The power of bromelain and vitamin C in the pineapple skin act as a bacteria fighter, wound healer, and an overall system booster in the body.
Arthritis, Bruises and Joint Pain Fighter
Bromelain works its anti-inflammatory magic in those who have arthritis or joint pain and bruises. Apply the pineapple skin vinegar directly on the affected part.
Beta carotene and vitamin C aid in battling degenerative eye diseases like Glaucoma and Cataract and can improve your vision significantly.
Dental and Bone Strengthener
In fighting inflammation in gums and tissues, pineapple skins have a high manganese content, manganese helps to grow, strengthen, and repair bones and teeth. In terms of oral health, its vitamin C and astringent properties keep gums clean and healthy.
Some early studies have shown that the pineapple skin’s amounts of manganese, vitamin C, bromelain, and antioxidants have the ability to fight tumors and aid in cancer prevention.
This may sound weird, but it has been claimed that those who are taking the cancer medication should include some pineapple skin juice into the routine. Just ask your doctor about it.
Aids weight loss
Reduce cholesterol levels
How to Prepare Pineapple Peels
There are a variety of ways you can prepare pineapple skins for your health. Here are a few:
You can brew a tea and serve it hot or cold to reap pineapple skin’s benefits. To make the tea, scrub the outer skins thoroughly to remove dirt and pesticides and place in a saucepan. Add 2 cinnamon sticks, cloves, and 1 peeled ginger.
Cover with about 4 cups of water. Simmer on low heat for 20-25 minutes, turn off heat, and allow to steep for another 25 minutes. Serve hot or refrigerate. You can sweeten with honey to taste.
Scrub the outer skins thoroughly to remove dirt and pesticides, cut into smaller pieces and place in a saucepan – no spices or sweetener. Cover with about 4 cups of water and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes and turn off the heat. Allow the mixture to cool down, pour it into a blender and blend it up. Pour liquid through a strainer, refrigerate and serve.
Scrub the outer skins thoroughly to remove dirt and pesticides. Mix sugar in four cups of water, add the pineapple peels and cloves. Cover with a cloth and secure with a rubber band. Store in a cool dark place for 4 weeks. Stir every few days to aerate and prevent mould. Strain and store in a glass container.
NOTE: Store your pineapple peels in an airtight container in the refrigerator if you are not ready to use them.
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