Juicing and Raw Foods

Benefits of Pineapple Juice

May 18, 2012
Benefits of Pineapple Juice
Pineapple is one of my favorite things to juice or eat raw. It just tastes great.  One of the most nutritious juices is fresh pineapple, as it contains many essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, Thiamine, vitamin B6, Manganese, Potassium, and Magnesium. I must stress the word "fresh" as processed pineapple juice is usually mixed with lots of sugar and many other unhealthy synthetic preservatives. You can gain as much as 75% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C which is vital to increasing the body's natural resistance to disease and in promoting cell growth and development which aids tissue repair. Without vitamin C, our bodies could not produce collagen, an essential protein responsible for the creation of our skin, scar tissue, ligaments, tendons, and blood vessels.  Vitamin C is one of the mos t important regenerative elements we can put into our bodies. Pineapple juice also contains a good dose of Potassium and Thiamine. You can't go wrong with Pineapple Juice. 
 
Pineapples also contain bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme that helps us to digest protein, prevent blood clot formation, and aids us as ananti-inflammatory to help reduce swelling, arthritis, and numerous other issues.

How can you tell if a pineapple is ripe?

Pineapple fruit is ripe when it has developed a goldish tint, smells sweet and is slightly soft to the touch.

pineapplesWhere do pineapples come from?

Pineapples are indigenous to South America and is said to originate from the area between Southern Brazil and Paraguay. The natives of southern Brazil and Paraguay spread the pineapple throughout South America, and it eventually reached the Caribbean. Columbus discovered it in 1493 in the Indies and brought it back with him to Europe thus making the pineapple the first bromeliad to leave the New World.The Spanish introduced it into the Philippines, Hawaii (introduced in the early 19th century, first commercial plantation 1886), Zimbabwe and Guam.

Although it was discovered by Captain Cook, John Kidwell is credited with the introduction of the pineapple industry in Hawaii. Large-scale pineapple cultivation by U.S. companies began in the early 1900s on Hawaii. Among the most famous and influential pineapple industrialists was James Dole,who moved to Hawaii in 1899 and started a pineapple plantation in 1900. The companies Dole and Del Monte began growing pineapple on the island of Oahu.

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