Pineapple is definitely one of the most favourite fruits among children and adults. This tropical fruit is a member of the bromeliad family. It is also one of the rarest fruits belonging to this family. The unique part of pineapple is that it is a multiple fruit. In layman’s terms, pineapple is made up of dozens of individual flowerets; these flowerets together form the entire fruit of pineapple. Like bananas, it is a highly likable fruit and is considered to be a very exotic and luxurious one. The fruit is loaded with several health benefits and people all over the world completely swear by it. Consumption of this delicious fruit on a regular basis can prove to be immensely helpful for your system.
It is packed with lots of vitamins and essential minerals and strengthens weak bones, improves gum health, prevents macular degeneration, treats arthritis, cures digestive problems, and reduces risk of blood clots. However, the most effective use of pineapple has been for treating cold, sinusitis and bronchitis.
According to studies, pineapple, when mixed with a few other ingredients, can prove to be an immensely effective medicine for curing those suffering from tuberculosis and other coughing issues like sinusitis and bronchitis. There are several pineapple recipes to treat these problems and some of them are listed below.
A mixture of raw pineapple juice, honey, cayenne pepper and salt can be an extremely useful potion for dissolving mucous in the lungs of patients suffering from tuberculosis. A few other studies have showed that the raw extracts from pineapple can aid in dissolving mucous five times faster than regular cough syrups. It also increases the recovery time by four times and also doesn’t come with side effects like that of putting you off to sleep.
Wondering what is that one thing that makes pineapple an ideal choice for cold and cough problems? Because it comes from the bromeliad family, pineapple is loaded with bromelain which is an enzyme that has the ability to fight nasal inflammation and improve digestion. Bromelain is helpful for upper respiratory tract infection like that of sinusitis and bronchitis. It is also packed with a generous quantity of manganese which is responsible for the formation of connective tissue and also improves functions of the nerves. All this makes it a powerful fruit for curing coughs and fighting mucous buildup in the lungs and nasal sinus.
It is an excellent source of vitamin C which helps in fighting free radicals and aids in the effective functioning of the airways. Many just prefer taking extra vitamin C or drinking orange juice but only a few consider having a pineapple or its juice. Because of the presence of bromelain, pineapple has been proved to be more effective in the suppression of coughs and the loosening of mucous.
Here’s an all-natural DIY pineapple cough syrup that you must try during your cold and cough days. Gather the following ingredients for making this remarkable potion.
2 thick slices of fresh pineapple without peel but core intact
1 tablespoon of honey
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (can be avoided for children)
One small piece of fresh ginger; peeled and sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
How to make the potion
Chop the pineapple roughly; remember to include the core which is the healthiest part of the fruit. Put all other ingredients along with the chopped pineapple in a blender or a food processor and blend everything until you get a homogeneous mixture. Strain the mixture using a mesh strainer to get a smoother syrup. Refrigerate this and consume it as and when required for best results and relief.
Remember not to add honey if you are making this syrup for children under the age of 1 year.