The pineapple is an incredibly healthy and nutritious tropical fruit, which can be your powerful remedy against a cough and cold in the winter.
It is also known as” the king of fruits’, as it has a royal amount of essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and trace elements. Also, Mother Nature has decorated its leaves with crowns.
Pineapples are high in vitamin C, A, E, magnesium, calcium, potassium, iodine, phosphorus, iron, zinc and B-group vitamins. All its parts can be used, as its leaves can be used in the preparation of a delicious tea, and the bark is a potent healing remedy.
The membrane is rich in bromelain, which dissolves proteins, which are hard to digest and lead to constipation. Therefore, the juice of this fruit helps digestion and cleans the intestines.
The consumption of pure pineapple juice quickly treats a cough, even if it is caused by pneumonia. It also expels phlegm and calms a sore throat.
One cup of pineapple juice contains nearly 50% of the daily requirement for vitamin C intake. This helpful nutrient works to implement the use of vital enzymes within the body that regulate metabolism and energy conversion.
Pineapple juice also contains high levels of manganese, a mineral that predominately helps form healthy connective tissue and bones. Manganese works to absorb more calcium, metabolize carbohydrates and fats, plus increases regular nerve function.
Some bromelain appears to be absorbed by the body intact, so it’s also thought to have effects outside the digestive tract. In fact, bromelain is often marketed as a natural anti-inflammatory for conditions such as arthritis. It’s one of the most popular supplements in Germany, where it is approved for the treatment of inflammation and swelling of the nose and sinuses due to surgery or injury.
If you have one of many types of persistent coughs and it’s not something more serious like pneumonia, reach for pineapple juice instead of cough syrup. It’s less expensive, has no toxic chemicals and contains the nutrients that will help fight a cold.
Drinking pineapple juice helps soothe a sore throat and aids the body to expel mucous easily. Thick and stubborn mucus in your lungs or sinuses can cause seemingly endless spasms of coughing, sneezing and painful infections. In a study published in “Der Pharma Chemica” in 2010, researchers attempted to find beneficial treatments for patients who have tuberculosis, an infectious disease often caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
As part of their studies, they discovered that a mixture of raw pineapple juice, pepper, salt, and honey is given to patients every day helped to dissolve the mucus in the lungs.
The following recipe of natural pineapple syrup will help you in the case of a cough. We recommend that you choose freshly squeezed pineapple juice, but you can also use ready-made juice with a high dry content of pineapples.
This is how to prepare it:
- 250 ml of fresh pineapple juice
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- A piece of ginger root (about 7 inches long, grated)
- 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
- Half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
You should mix the ingredients to prepare the syrup.
Then, take a quarter cup of it 2 to 3 times daily until your cough subsides.
Most of us do not need additional sugar in our diets, so look only for natural unsweetened pineapple juice and stay away from canned. If you can juice the pineapple yourself, that would be far superior to any store bought.
Furthermore, the following recipe will help you protect your health and prevent other issues in the cold winter days:
- 1 medium sized pineapple, peeled and cut into slices
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Half a lemon/squeezed
- Juice of one orange
- 150g muscovado sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Dark rum
- 50 g butter
- 1-star anise
Method of preparation:
Caramelize the muscovado sugar, the cinnamon, and the star anise in a pan. Next, cut the pineapple into slices, and add them to the pan, together with the honey. Mix, add the rum and mix again. When the flame vanishes, add the lemon and orange juice, and boil until the liquid reduces. Then, add the butter.
You can sprinkle it with almonds or mint.
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