Pineapple belongs to the bromeliad family, Ananas Comosus, a native to Central and South America. This plant existed long time ago. In the absence of cameras in the early centuries people carved pineapple images on a piece of wood or sculptured in a stone to symbolize hospitality. This fruit may seem unfriendly due to its sword like leaves with tiny thorns, but do not let the appearance deceive you. Pine apple has been popular in the earlier era not only because of the unique appearance and sweet tasting fruits. But likewise, it has been a medicinal plant among the natives. The presence of bromelain in pineapple fruits and more on its stems was found to have many uses.
Medically, as the modern technology progressed, bromelain has been used in wide array of medical conditions. Bromelain is an anti inflammatory agent that helps a lot in the recovery of sports injury, trauma, arthritis, and other kinds of swelling, digestive problems, sinusitis and aided in healing after surgery. Bromelain is also beneficial for phlebitis. Phlebitis is inflammation of a vein. The cause of the inflammation may be related to injury of the vein or infection. Bromelain reduces painful symptoms of varicose veins. It has blood thinning characteristics that is considered helpful to those who have suffered from blood clots or hematoma.
Bromelain helps patients suffering from atheromatous aorta leading to hypertension. Atheromatous aorta means patient has some plaque on his aorta that could be due to eating fatty foods. Plaque is a deposit of fatty material on the inner lining of an arterial wall. These fats could cause constriction of the artery, hindering better blood flow. Bromelain in pineapple could help breakdown atherosclerotic plaques to enable better blood flow. Bromelain has blood thinning characteristics. Bromelain has anti-clotting activity that is useful in preventing strokes. It maintains healthy heart tissues, thereby reducing the risk of stroke by its anti-inflammatory activity.
Patients who suffer from hay fever benefits from bromelain. Hay fever is an allergic condition affecting the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes. It is characterized by nasal discharge, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. This is usually caused by an abnormal sensitivity to airborne pollen. Pineapple is loaded with vitamin C to keep our body healthy and strong. It promotes healthy skin.