By Sola Ogundipe
DO you know that fresh pineapple juice clears a cough just as effectively as cough syrup. Studies have showed that while pineapple juice may not readily cure a nasty cough, it provides soothing relief. So why is pineapple juice so effective for coughs? Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which allow it to reduce irritation of the throat and thus relieve even persistent coughing.
Fresh pineapple is also a source of important vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium and antioxidants and polyphenols, such as beta-carotene. Bromelain has been used in studies to determine it’s effectiveness in alleviating joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth and shorten recovery time following plastic surgery.
A natural mixture of pineapple juice, salt, pepper and honey was used on the coughs of tuberculosis patients. It was found that the natural mixture was quite effective at soothing down coughs and throat irritations.
Following studies, scientists concluded that the reason that pineapple juice is effective for taming a cough is the bromelain. Pineapple also contains high amounts of vitamin C as well as a wealth of vitamin A and minerals like magnesium, manganese and potassium, all of which help boost the immune system and make it easier for the body to fight off infections that cause coughs in the first place.
One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contain approximately 82 calories, zero fat, zero cholesterol, 2 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of total carbohydrate (including 16 grams of sugar and 2.3 grams of fibre) and 1 gram of protein. Try this recipe for a pineapple-based cough remedy. Combine the following items in a blender: 1 cup pineapple juice, 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 1 teaspoon ginger powder, 1 tablespoon organic, raw honey, little salt and cayenne pepper. The remedy can be used up to three times a day.