Pineapple stalk

Healthy food: the benefits of fruit

Eating fruit and vegetables is good for your health, we all know that. But exactly why does our body benefit from a diet rich in vegetables? It’s simple: for the substances they contain. Fruit is rich in many nutrients: potassium, fiber, vitamin C and folic acid. Each of these substances has such characteristics that it is able to reduce the risk of disease. Let’s consider potassium: its intake reduces the possibility of heart disease, kidney stones and osteoporosis. Taking folic acid before and during pregnancy is effective in preventing congenital malformations, reducing the risk by 70%! (Source: Ministry of Health). Vitamins, then, are essential for the well-being of our body. Their intake is very important as they influence all the functions of the

The stalk of pineapple

Among the healthiest fruits, pineapple is distinguished by the presence of a substance, bromelain, which has very effective therapeutic properties. Fruit native to Central America and then spread to all tropical climate areas, it has become a constant presence in kitchens almost all over the world. It is a perennial plant whose edible part, the actual fruit, resembles a large pine cone with a juicy pulp inside. The central part of the fruit, the oblong and harder one, is the pineapple stem and inside it, more than in the rest of the fruit, there is a high concentration of bromelain. It is a proteolytic enzyme evaluated in a very positive way in the therapeutic field. First of all, its anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory properties are known, but recent studies have also highlighted its ability to contribute to the inhibition of the growth of malignant cells in the lungs, breasts and ovaries. Let’s see in more detail how bromelain can be used in the treatment of various physical problems.

Properties of the bromelain contained in the pineapple stem

Anti-inflammatory action: thanks to its characteristic of being a proteolytic enzyme, bromelain has an important anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant and anti-edema action. These functions probably derive from the ability to help in the breakdown of fibrin, a protein involved in the formation of blood clots, thus reducing the formation of localized edema. Anticoagulant properties: the anticoagulant and anti-edema properties cause the pineapple stem is used in diets in the presence of cardiovascular diseases, varicose veins, thrombophlebitis.Anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant action: its anti-inflammatory action makes it useful in facilitating healing from small muscle accidents such as contractures and strains.

Pineapple stem: Pineapple stem: how to take it?

Although from a nutritional point of view it is preferable to take bromelain intended as part of a phytocomplex rather than as an active ingredient, on the market there are those extracted from the pineapple stem as well as the chemically synthesized one. Its ability to help assimilate meat proteins makes it an ally in diets, hence the widespread use of slimming tablets. Be careful not to consider them miraculous pills: one thing is to eat pineapple, another to take bromelain-based supplements without the association with a diet recommended by the doctor Contraindications: the first concerns pregnant women, since its anticoagulant action could cause bleeding to the uterus and induce contractions. The other concerns those who take anticoagulant drugs: the action of brolemina could be added to the action of the drug causing bleeding in the patient. To conclude, we cannot fail to mention the cosmetic properties. Vitamin C, beta-carotene and manganese, substances present in pineapple, help to keep the skin supple and radiant, slowing down the onset of wrinkles.

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