The Pineapple is indigenous to South America, where it has been cultivated for centuries. It was first bought to Europe in the 16th century by none other than Christopher Columbus himself. He discovered Pineapples in Guadalupe and bought them back to Spain.
The birthplace of the pineapple is believed to have been the Amazon rain forest, where they refer to the pineapple as Tupi, though this is argued between tribes.
Many Indigenous gave the pineapple a sacred status within their communities, using it to make medicine, perform rituals and even produce wine from it.
That said, let’s move on to the health benefits.
What’s in Pineapple?
Pineapple contains lots of good vitamins and minerals.
- Protein – All over body health, especially muscle health.
- Fibre – Helps digestion.
- Iron – Needed for growth and development.
- Vitamin C & B6 – Protecting cells and maintaining health skin. B6 is for energy.
- Manganese – Helps the body form tissue, bones, blood clotting factors and sex hormones
- Copper – Maintains strong health bones, helps nerves system work properly
- Thiamine (B1) – Helps turn food into energy.
- Folate – Helps create red and white blood cells in the body.
- Potassium – Helps regulate fluid balance, muscle contractions and nerve signals.
- Magnesium – Supports nerve function, blood sugar levels and pressure.
- Niacin (B3) – Helps lower cholesterol, ease arthritis and boost brain function.
- Riboflavin (B2) – Helps the body turn food into fuel and energy.
- Pantothenic (B5) – Helps the body use fats and proteins.
It does not matter if it’s fresh or tinned pineapple, they have the same number of vitamins and minerals, nothing changes, the only thing you must be aware of is added sugar and salts. Pineapple is naturally high in sugar anyway, so you must use sparingly.
What is Pineapple used for?
The main thing we use pineapple for is drinking, there are plenty of bars around the world that use it in their cocktails. I have enjoyed an alcoholic daiquiri on the beaches of Spain. Not all cocktails used with pineapple are alcoholic, there’s plenty of non-alcoholic versions used worldwide.
It’s also used for eating on its own in raw form, especially in the roasting sun, yum! This is because it contains a lot of water content, vitamins, and minerals it’s just perfect to enjoy in hot sunny weather.
Pineapple is also widely used in the cosmetics world for facial masks and creams. I will place a few recipes at the bottom of this article for you to try and enjoy.
There are tonnes of health benefits associated with pineapple, here’s 28 of them!
28 Health benefits of pineapple
- Helps and aids digestion
- Cleanses toxins and other harmful bacteria in the body
- Pineapple juice is sometimes prescribed to those with heart disease
- Helps thin the blood so there’s less chance of getting thrombosis
- Prevents kidney and liver disease
- Helps to prevent the growth of neoplasm (cancers)
- Used to make healthy drinks, wines, and smoothies
- Chinese use pineapple in many medicines such as improving appetite.
- Used to protect against viruses in the respiratory system
- It’s ideal for anti-inflammatory properties
- Rich in fibre which helps fight constipation
- Protects against coughs and colds because of the vitamin C content
- Benefits the heart since it contains bromelain
- Bromelain kills cancer cells, so pineapple can prevent cancer from forming
- Pineapple contains sterols, this reduces the bad cholesterol in the body
- Due to the high potassium content, pineapple juice lowers blood pressure
- It can be used for weight-loss as it contains fibre and vitamin C
- Contains large amounts of fructose which will increase your energy levels
- Due to the anti-inflammatory properties, it can help relieve arthritis
- Pineapple can make bones stronger as it contains manganese
- It can increase potency on men and increase sexual functions
- Improves skin quality and promotes soft silky hair
- Helps fight against bronchitis
- Pineapple contains beta-carotene, this helps with your vision
- Fights against depression and improves brain functions
- Used as a cream for making the skin soft and healthy
- Those who drink pineapple juice have less chance of getting gum disease
- Can be used as an antiseptic
5 DIY pineapple face masks
Face masks are used in the cosmetics world to help rejuvenate your skin. You can buy these in the shops for a couple of dollars, but I think it’s much better if you make your own from fresh. I have put together 5 do-it-yourself face masks, which of course contain pineapple.
Pineapple and melon face mask
- ¼ cup of pineapple
- ¼ cup melon
- 3 oz water
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- Put all ingredients into a blender, blend until it forms a paste
- If it’s runny then you will need to add your corn starch (Optional)
- Apply the cream to a clean dry face and gently massage into the skin
- Relax for 15 minutes and let the cream go to work
- Wash your face with clean warm water
Pineapple and honey face mask
This mask helps brighten your skin tone; it does not matter which skin type you are. Mixing pineapple with honey can produce a calming effect, the honey also helps exfoliate as well as smoothen the skin.
You will need:
- 3-4 pieces of pineapple
- 2 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tbsp natural honey
- Combine the ingredients into a blender until it forms a nice paste texture
- Apply the mixture to the face, avoiding the eyes
- Relax for 15 minutes then wash your face with warm water
Facemask with pineapple and papaya
Get rid of pimples and scars with papaya. Papaya contains antibacterial properties that can kill acne, it will push out gunk and unclog pores. The honey will hydrate of soften the skin whilst preserving the moisture.
- 3 slices of fresh pineapple
- 4 slices of papaya
- 1 tbsp of natural honey
- Combine all ingredients into a blender
- You are looking for a nice thickish paste
- Apply to the face, avoiding the eyes
Pineapple and natural grapeseed oil mask
Helps to repair damaged and cracked skin. Grapeseed oil is a fantastic moisturiser for the skin, it penetrates deeply and reduces stretch marks and wrinkles from around the eyes.
- 4 pieces of pineapple
- 3 tablespoons of grape-seed oil
- 1 tsp of natural honey
- Combine all ingredients into a blender and mix into a paste
- Leave to sit for 1 minute
- Apply paste to the face, avoiding the eyes and mouth
- Rinse off with warm water
Pineapple and banana for the hair
This is perfect for aging skin. This combination of exfoliating, regenerating and protective agents restore the skin back to a more natural shiny look, making you look more youthful. The pineapple removes the dead, dry skin and the banana nourishes the skin and moisturises. Your skin will look soft, firm and elastic.
You will need:
- 1 ripe banana
- Half a pineapple
- A blender
- A plastic carrier bag or shower cap
- Combine everything into a blender, you are looking for a slushy mixture.
- Apply to the hair and cover with shower cap or plastic bag
- Leave to sit for 30-40 minutes
- Wash off with warm water under a shower or with a jug
The result should leave you with very silky, soft hair. If you use this method regularly, you will get thicker hair.
So, there we have it, the pineapple. Enjoyed by everyone for a variety of different reasons.