Pineapple is rich in Bromelain, a group of enzymes notable for their digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain has become popular in sports medicine because it helps prevent swelling in inflamed joints and promotes healing and pain reduction in sore muscles.
Bromelain seems to cause the body to produce substances that fight pain and swelling (inflammation). Bromelain works well in both the stomach and the intestines to break down proteins. People whose pancreas does not produce sufficient enzymes will benefit from this enzyme supplement. Bromelain can also help reduce heartburn and diarrhea. For digestive purposes, bromelain should be taken with a meal.
Bromelain also helps aid digestion and, ultimately, the delivery of protein to growing muscles. Pineapple is a great source of potassium. One serving of fresh pineapple has almost 100% of the daily recommended dose. Canned pineapple and juices contain more than 200%. Potassium is hailed as one of our most valuable electrolytes, and optimal levels are critical for athletic performance, muscle contraction and peak energy.
Eating pineapple, which is a great source of Potassium, should result in improved energy and endurance at the gym. One serving of pineapple also provides roughly five percent of the recommended daily dosage of magnesium, another key mineral. Magnesium is an important adjunct to potassium; they aid each other in being mutually absorbed into the bloodstream. Magnesium also helps prevent muscle weakness and twitching. People who are deficient in magnesium may have poor digestion (the extreme case is irritable bowel syndrome) or a rapid heartbeat – either of which will keep you from training at your peak. Pineapple is also a source of manganese.
Pineapples also provide an ample supply of vitamin C, a commonly known antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage and boosts the immune system. Vitamin C helps build and repair bodily tissue and promotes wound healing.
The body uses vitamin C to help metabolize fats and cholesterol, absorb iron, and synthesize amino acids and collagen. Collagen is one of the primary building blocks of skin, cartilage and bones. Vitamin C also decreases the severity of colds and infections.
Anyone with an allergy to pineapple should not take bromelain. If you experience any possible allergic reactions, such as skin hives or respiratory problems, consult your doctor immediately. Assuming that one does not have an allergy to bromelain, bromelain can actually help those suffering from other allergies by calming inflammation in the nasal passages and reducing coughing and congestion.