Pineapples are not only delicious, they are also super healthy. The royal tropical fruit is considered to be a true natural remedy as it provides the body with several minerals and trace elements and is an excellent source of vitamin C. The fruit also contains the enzyme bromelain, which is believed to have health benefits. Today, we reveal what exactly the pineapple enzyme bromelain does.
What is bromelain?
Bromelain is a natural active compound that aids digestion. It is a ‘peptidase’, a proteolytic enzyme that breaks down proteins. The enzyme is only present in the fresh fruit, however, not in tinned pineapple.
How does the pineapple enzyme bromelain work?
For decades, many indigenous people have used pineapple for a wide variety of diseases. There is a reason for this, as many studies show. The bromelain in pineapple can inhibit inflammation and help with minor injuries, such as swelling or muscle injuries. Bromelain acts as a ‘cleaning agent’ here, evacuating dead cells in the body. The pineapple enzyme also helps to produce collagen in the skin and aids digestion due to its proteolytic properties.
So pineapple is not only delicious, it’s also a real vitamin bomb with healing properties. As an ingredient, it can lend an exotic flavour to your dishes and add variety to the plate. See, for example, our fruity fish salad.
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