19 Awesome Things That Happen to Your Body After Drinking Pineapple Juice

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

We all know we should be having 5 servings of fruit and vegetables every day to make sure that we get all the vitamins and minerals that we need. Not all of us manage to do this however, but there are some easy ways that we can get all the health benefits and goodness our bodies need. One of those ways is to incorporate fruit juices into our diet.

Fresh fruit juice is packed with nutrients. When a fruit is juiced, the liquid is separated from the fibre which results in you getting a better hit of phytochemicals and minerals which are easier for your body to absorb. Juices won’t make up for an unbalanced and unhealthy diet, but they can offset the odd unhealthy day and boost overall nutrient intake.

When you drink pure fruit juice, it is already broken down so even if you have poor digestion, you will be absorbing all the nutrients. It’s an easy way to take in 1 of your 5 a day and it’s another way to add variety to your diet. Even if you don’t like the actual fruit the juice is made from, you might find the juice more palatable.

All about pineapple

The humble pineapple comes from a tropical perennial plant which grows up to 8 feet tall. The plant bears the fruit from March until June. The fruit is juicy and fleshy and its taste is a heady mix of sweet and tart flavours. Pineapples are made up of individual ‘flowers’ joined together around a core in the centre. Each flower has an ‘eye’, which is a rough spine on the fruit’s surface. Pineapples are shaped like a cylinder and their skin can vary from green or brown to yellow in colour. They have distinctive blue-green leaves sprouting from the top and yellow flesh. The base of the fruit tends to taste sweeter and has a softer texture, as this area contains most of the natural sugar. The pineapple is a well-travelled fruit. Pineapples were first discovered by Europeans who landed in the Caribbean while on their voyages of discovery. When Columbus and his fellow expeditioners introduced pineapples to Europe, People tried to grow it, though they soon realised that a tropical climate was needed. Portuguese and Spanish explorers took the fruit to their Asian and African colonies to cultivate it. It is still grown here today. They are also grown in Hawaii, Brazil, and Mexico.

Health benefits of Pineapple

Fresh pineapple is a nutritional powerhouse and is rich in compounds, vitamins and minerals that can really benefit health. Pineapple is a rich source of a fibre called pectin which is good for digestive health. Its most well-known compound is an enzyme called Bromelain. This enzyme is a potent anti-inflammatory, anticancer and anticlotting agent. Several studies have shown that pineapple is effective in aiding digestion and combating arthritis. The fruit is high in vitamin C which boosts immunity, reduces free radical damage, and is needed to produce collagen in the body.

The vitamin A and beta carotene levels are useful for maintaining eye health and good vision.  The fruit contains potassium which controls blood pressure, copper which helps the body produce red blood cells and manganese, which fights free radicals which cause aging and disease.

How to choose a fresh pineapple

The fruit is in season from March until June. Choose fruits that are free from softness or bruises. Choose a fruit that smells sweet, if it smells sour, it’s past its best. You can leave the fruit at room temperature for a few days which will help it become softer and juicier. Once you have cut up the fruit, you can wrap uneaten fruit in plastic and store it in the fridge in an airtight container for a maximum of 5 days. Pineapple can be frozen, though this does warp the flavour. To prepare a fruit to extract fresh juice, cut off the top and bottom of the fruit. To peel off the skin, lay the fruit on its side and slice the skin off. Then cut the pineapple into chunks or slices.

How pineapples are usually used

They are a nice addition to fruit salads, they can be used in jams and jellies, and of course, you can drink the juice. They add a bit of interest to smoothies, and can be used in marinades and sauces. Some other delicious ways to serve pineapple include:

Add some diced pineapple to some shrimp, grated ginger, and olive oil to make a delicious salad. Serve on a bed of lettuce.

Mix diced pineapple with chilli peppers to make a salsa that goes nicely with fish.

For a sweet treat, drizzle maple syrup over pineapple slices and grill until slightly brown. Serve with yoghurt.

Mix chopped pineapple, grated fennel, and cashew nuts to make a delicious side dish to complement chicken.

Mix pineapple with other exotic fruits such as papaya and mango for a tropical fruit salad.

Pineapple- we know it’s a superfood but what about the juice?

Pineapple Juice

One 125ml serving of pineapple juice has around 130 kcals, 33mg of calcium and 30 mg of magnesium. It contains over 1/3 of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C. So, it is a welcome addition to a healthy diet. It contains natural sugar, which is still sugar remember, so stick to one serving per day to get the benefits. And if the label reads ‘juice drink’ it is not pure pineapple juice, so always look for the pure fresh juice. But pineapple juice is not just a delicious drink, it has plenty of health benefits too.

19 health benefits you can get from drinking pineapple juice

Pineapple is a natural diuretic

Nobody likes that puffy, uncomfortable feeling you can get when your body retains water. Try drinking some pineapple juice or otherwise incorporate it into your diet as it is a natural diuretic. It helps the kidneys process and get rid of excess fluids. It might seem counterintuitive to take on extra fluids when you feel like there’s too much fluid in your body, but try it.

It can aid weight loss

As with most fruit and veg, pineapple is packed full of nutrients and has relatively few calories. They have a high water content which will help keep you feeling full.

Pineapple can give you clear skin

The vitamin C in the juice is effective in clearing up acne. You can use the juice as a toner by dabbing on affected areas then rinsing off. Of course, drinking the juice can clear out toxins and make your skin healthy from the inside too.

It can boost energy

The vitamins and minerals in the fruit can boost energy and immunity, so they keep us free from viruses which can drain our energy.

It can help prevent colds, and you’ll recover faster

The high vitamin C content protects you from viruses. The enzyme Bromelain is a cough suppressant and expectorant so it can help clear mucus, and research has suggested that eating pineapples or drinking the juice can help you recover more quickly from a cold.

It can help with period pain

Bromelain has analgesic properties so it can help fight period pain and discomfort.

It is anti-inflammatory

Pineapple is one of the richest sources of the enzyme Bromelain, which is an effective anti-inflammatory. A study demonstrated its effectiveness in treating sports injuries. It can also help reduce swelling, bruising, prevent blood clots and effectively ‘clears up’ damaged cells. If you’re a gym bunny, consume it after a workout as it can help treat muscle soreness.

It might prevent cancer and slow growth of cancer cells

Studies have shown that Bromelain may be effective at fighting cancer. In the study, pineapple was taken alongside chemotherapy to suppress cancer cell growth and multiplication. The beta carotene in the fruit can protect against certain cancers specifically, including colon cancer and prostate cancer. Further research is needed, though it looks promising.

Heart benefits

The vitamin C in pineapple juice may protect you from getting heart disease. Studies from China and Finland showed that a high vitamin C intake in the diet decreased the incidence of heart disease.

It’s good for eye health

The vitamin C in the fruit is good for eye health. Studies show that a diet high in vitamin C can prevent cataracts and age-related degeneration of vision. The beta carotene is also good for vision in poor light.

It can boost fertility

The juice contains plenty of vitamins and minerals, some of which are known to boost fertility in men and women, including zinc, folate, and vitamin C.  If you’re in good health and your body is free from toxins, you’re more likely to conceive.

It can prevent asthma

Pineapples contain beta carotene, and studies have suggested that it can prevent asthma, particularly asthma which is induced by exercise. There is more research needed but studies are ongoing.

It can keep joints healthy

The anti-inflammatory effects of Bromelain can be helpful in treating arthritis, according to some research studies. It is effective at reducing swelling and pain around the joints.

It can fight free radicals

Pineapple contains manganese which fights free radicals which float around in the body and cause disease and are a large contributor to aging.

Pineapple aids digestion

Pineapple juice is good for digestion and reduces symptoms like bloating and constipation. Bromelain helps the body break down protein faster which reduces the incidence of indigestion. Bromelain has been used successfully to treat ulcerative colitis and stomach ulcers.

Pineapple is good for bone strength

The manganese in pineapple helps keep bones strong and healthy. A glass of pineapple juice contains over 70% of your recommended daily allowance of the mineral. In younger people, manganese promotes healthy bone growth and in older people, it keeps the bones strong.

Pineapple keeps blood pressure in check

The potassium in the juice helps regulate blood pressure. It is low in sodium and sodium can contribute to high blood pressure.

Pineapple is great for keeping teeth and gums healthy

The vitamin C content in pineapple juice can keep teeth and gums healthy. It can prevent plaque from forming which can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay.

Pineapple juice recipes

The juice is delicious on its own, but what about adding a few extra ingredients and getting even more health benefits?  Try these delicious recipes for yourself:

Pineapple juice recipe with beetroot

Pineapple juice recipe with beetroot

Delicious, and pink, what’s not to like?

Ingredients

4 cups of pineapple

Half a small beetroot

How to make it

Cut the skin off the pineapple.

Wash and remove the beetroot skin if needed. If you are using pre-sliced beetroot, just chop it up into small chunks. Chop up the pineapple. Put the pineapple and beetroot into a blender and serve the juice over.

Pineapple juice recipe with cucumber

A refreshing juice to enjoy in the summer or after a workout. Serve it with ice.

Ingredients

1 cup of pineapple

½ cucumber

How to make it

Chop the skin off the pineapple.

Wash and peel the cucumber. Slice the pineapple and cucumber so that it easily fits into your juicer/is easy to blend. Serve with ice.

Pineapple and carrot juice recipe

A sweet tasting drink, full of beta-carotene, great for eyes and skin

Ingredients

1 to 2 cups of pineapple

2 large carrots

How to make it

Chop up the pineapple to fit your juicer or blender.  Pineapple blends well if you cut it into chunky strips. Serve over ice.

Pineapple and celery juice recipe

This great tasting drink is effective for rehydrating you on a hot day or after a tough workout

Ingredients

2 cups of pineapple

4 sticks of celery

How to make it

Peel the pineapple, and slice it into chunks to fit your juicer or blender.

Wash the celery. Chop it up into small pieces. Serve the juice over ice.

Final thoughts

Juices have taken the health world by storm in recent years. There are countless recipe books available on the market that contain every possible combination of fruit, vegetables and herbs, and there are juice bars on the high street and springing up in gyms. They are all onto something. Consuming the food in juice form gives you the purest version of it. The body can more easily absorb the nutrients and antioxidants in a juice than it can from the raw food. And that spells great news for health.

Every day, we learn of a new superfood or an amazing new ingredient that scientists have hailed as a natural wonder. And pineapple truly is. We can restrict ourselves to the typical apples, oranges, and bananas, but if look to the fruits that are slightly more exotic, we are opening ourselves up to lots of new tastes and a world of new health benefits.

A healthy diet is all about balance and while a healthy ingredient in our diet isn’t going to make up for an unhealthy lifestyle, it can make a difference. It can redress the balance and ensure we are getting enough of the nutrients we need. Think of it as an insurance policy.

Pineapple has a distinctive look and a distinctive taste, and it’s most certainly a nutritional powerhouse. It has a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and even better, it’s low in calories and high in water. It’s a health dream and very good news for dieters.

Pineapple can be incorporated into your diet in many ways, as well as in juice, and it’s versatile, easy to prepare and easy to store.

It’s a humble tropical fruit, first brought to European shores in the late 1400’s and we should count our blessings that it was. It can rid us of our digestive woes, keep our skin healthy, our bones strong and our weight in check. It has even been indicated as a possible anticancer agent and as being effective for treating arthritis. This is big news as we face the prospect of treating an ever-ageing population who will suffer from these diseases.

The cause of most diseases in the body is inflammation, and pineapple’s most important compound, the enzyme Bromelain, combats this. It is Bromelain that gives pineapple most of its health-giving compounds and there is ongoing research into the prospect that there are even more to discover.

We are lucky to live in an age where we have the knowledge and the technology to explore natural alternatives to drugs that cause side effects, and how amazing would it be if the cure to chronic or life threatening disease could be found in a simple fruit?

A fruit that we walk past in the supermarket and probably think it looks strange, but we don’t give it another thought.

You don’t need expensive supplements, drugs, or other concoctions, all you need to do is visit your local fresh fruit market or supermarket, and you can find the natural cure to a lot of your ills there.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.