What Secret Ingredient Do Pineapples Contain?

Did you know that pineapples just might contain have secret healing powers?

Naturally Botanicals - Bromelain - Pineapple - Ananas comosusThe pineapple, unlike Saw Palmetto which has leaves like a saw and fruit you really do not want to eat, has sharp leaves and thick skin that belie all the goodness inside. Sweet delicious flesh, a core that you can juice or put in your smoothies, and bromelain, a mixture of enzymes found naturally in the juice and stems. So yummy and it has medicinal properties! And we’ve got a winner!

Pineapple is the common name of Ananas comosus (Ananas sativus, Ananassa sativa, Bromelia ananas, Bromelia comosa). It's noted that, when European explorers encountered the tropical fruit in the Americas, they called them "pineapples" for their resemblance to pine cones.

Pineapple is the leading edible member of the family Bromeliaceae, grown in several tropical and subtropical countries including Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kenya, India, and China. Large-scale pineapple cultivation in Hawaii began in the early 1900s. Cannery operations in Hawaii flourished through the early 21st Century. Now a very small percentage of the world’s production is grown in Hawaii.

Pineapples have long been used as a medicinal plant among the natives of South and Central America. It has a centuries-long history of being used to treat medical ailments, primarily throughout Central and South America. The first isolation of bromelain was recorded in 1891. Bromelain is present in all parts of the pineapple plant but the stem has the highest concentration. The bromelain is extracted from the peel, stem, leaves or waste of the pineapple plant after processing the fruit for juice or other purposes. 

Naturally Botanicals - Bromelain - Pineapple - Ananas comosus 2Used widely as a natural remedy to treat everything from indigestion to allergies, pineapple is filled with this enzyme. It also has its share of vitamin C, vitamin B1, potassium, manganese and phytonutrients. 

Bromelain is thought to stimulate the body’s natural ability to relive inflammation and chronic pain. It’s also said to stimulate digestion and improve heart health. Even though it’s extracted from pineapple, eating pineapple or drinking its juice doesn’t supply a large enough dose to be effective.

Bromelain has long been used as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent. It’s also considered to be an anti-histamine and a diuretic; and may help prevent blood clots, edema and swelling. It has been used to improve the appearance of skin after a burn, and to help burn fat during weight loss.



Bromelain may be used as a treatment for following health benefits:

  • Allergies
  • Angina
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic Pain
  • Digestive Issues
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Nasal Swelling
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sinusitis 
  • Faster healing of skin wounds and burns
  • Ulcerative Colitis.

Pineapple on pizza is very controversial. There’s the “I love it on pizza camp” and the “Never, no way, are you kidding me camp." Here’s an interesting twist from our friends at Cooking Light Magazine; use the pineapple as the base of the pizza in this recipe!

Interesting fact: As a culinary ingredient, it can be used as a meat tenderizer. Along with papain (found in papaya), bromelain is one of the most popular proteases to use for meat tenderizing. Bromelain is sold in a powdered form, which is combined with a marinade, or directly sprinkled on uncooked meat.


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