Pineapple Fruit Powder
The pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay and was spread by the Indians up through South and Central America to the West Indies before Columbus arrived. In 1493, Columbus found the fruit on the island of Guadaloupe and carried it back to Spain. It was spread around the world on sailing ships that carried it for protection against scurvy.
Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavour that balances the tastes of sweet and tart
Pineapples are rich source of bromelain
Bromelain is a complex mixture of substances that can be extracted from the stem and fibrous fruit core of the pineapple. Among the dozens of components known to exist in this crude extract, the best studied are a group of protein-digesting enzymes (called cysteine proteinases).
Originally, researchers believed that these enzymes provided the key health benefits found in bromelain, a popular dietary supplement containing these pineapple extracts. In addition, researchers believed that these benefits were primarily limited to help with digestion in the intestinal tract. However, further studies have shown that bromelain has a wide variety of health benefits, and that many of these benefits may not be related to the different enzymes found in this extract.
Pineapples are high in nutrition and loaded with healthy vitamins and minerals
Vitamin C is the body's primary water-soluble antioxidant, defending all aqueous areas of the body against free radicals that attack and damage normal cells. Free radicals have been shown to promote the arterial plaque build-up of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. They also cause the bronchial spasm that leads to asthma attacks, as well as, damage the cells of the colon, and contribute to the joint pain and disability seen in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This would explain why diets rich in vitamin C have shown to support overall health. In addition, vitamin C is vital for supporting a healthy immune system response. It is the nutrient for the prevention of recurrent ear infections, colds, and flu.
Pineapple is an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses. For example, the key oxidative enzyme, superoxide dismutase, which disarms free radicals produced within the mitochondria requires manganese. In addition to manganese, pineapple is a good source of thiamin, a B vitamin that acts as a cofactor in enzymatic reactions central to energy production.
Your mother may have told you carrots would keep your eyes bright as a child, but as an adult, it looks like fruit is even more important for keeping your sight. Data reported in a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) by 36%, the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.
Health Benefits of Pineapple Fruit Powder
- May support a healthy inflammation response
- It helps control blood clotting, reduce arthritis pain
- Antioxidant defences
- Aids in the proper digestion of food
- Helps reduce indigestion
- supports a healthy Immune system response
- High levels of Manganese & Thiamin (Vitamin B1) for Energy Production
- Mix 2 tablespoons (16g) with 150 to 180ml of water to make juice, add into your favourite juice or smoothie, or use to flavour yogurt and other treats such as sauces, smoothies, glazes, and for sprinkling on desserts.
- Pineapple powder can also be used in baking and cooking at home.