The Healing Benefits of Pineapple


By: Gaia Staff  |  May 15, 2013

Fruit for Thought: Pineapple

The Pineapple* (Ananas Comosus*) is a tropical plant with edible fruit. It has a bright yellow fibrous inner flesh that is naturally very sweet and best when ripe. Its aroma is pleasant, and the juice thirst quenching. Pineapple does not ripen well post-harvest, and it is available year-round.

**Botanical name:
**Ananas comosus, the most economically significant plant in the Bromeliaceae family.

**Native to:
**The plant is indigenous to South America and is said to originate from the area between Southern Brazil and Paraguay. Columbus encountered the pineapple in 1493 on the Leeward island of Guadeloupe. He called it piña de Indias, meaning “pine of the Indians,” and brought it back with him to Europe, thus making the pineapple the first bromeliad to leave the New World. Many say the fruit was first introduced in Hawaii when a Spanish ship brought them there in the 1500s. The fruit was cultivated successfully in European hothouses beginning in 1720.

Healing Benefits:
As a very subtle healer of many body ailments, below is a list of some of the benefits of pineapple:

  • Its most essential ingredient is bromelain, a natural anti-inflammatory and painkiller. In the upper respiratory tract, bromelain fights bronchitis and sinusitis. Bromelain is effective in healing stomach ulcers and repairing body tissues.
  • Pineapple juice contains natural collagen which boosts the immune system.
  • Damaged, chapped or burnt skin can be reconditioned by drinking pineapple juice.
  • Pineapple contains detoxifying elements and chemicals that stimulate kidney functions.
  • Helpful in treating bruises, cuts, muscle pain, arthritis, joint pain, sprains, and back pain. Pineapple has proven to positively supplement recovery from knee injury, reduce fever, body wrinkles, and aid digestion.
  • Consuming pineapple often drastically reduces recovery after surgery.
  • Excellent antidote for cardio-vascular disease due to its ability to break-down cholesterol compounds.

**CAUTION:
**Children should not eat it in excess as it can cause gingivitis in children.

Recipe: Spiced Tropical Fruit Compote

Makes: 6 servings, 2/3 cup each Active Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes

Whole spices give a subtle but distinct flavor to this tropical fruit compote. Here the fruit is not cooked in the syrup, but simply macerated so that the taste remains fresh and distinct. The spiced syrup is also a wonderful sweetener for hot tea or as a base for a veggie-stir-fry.

**Ingredients: **

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh pineapple juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
1/4 cup lime juice, (2 limes)
10 whole cardamom pods
8 whole allspice berries
8 whole black peppercorns
8 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
3 kiwi, peeled and sliced
2 mangoes or papayas, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
2 seedless tangerines or small oranges, peeled and sliced
2 star fruit (carambolas), thinly sliced
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 banana, peeled and cut into thick slices

Directions:

  1. Combine sugar, pineapple juice, lime zest and juice in a small saucepan.
  2. Tie the spices in a small cheesecloth bag and add it to the saucepan.
  3. Bring the liquid to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  6. Toss all the fruit in a serving bowl.
  7. Add syrup and stir gently.
  8. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  9. Remove spice bag and serve.

 

Lilamaya (Liliana Galvis)

Liliana was born in Bogota, Colombia, South America. She moved to Canada at the age of 15 where she studied and later established herself as a fitness professional. She studied at the University of Ottawa followed by training in sports therapy specializing in massage and remedial bodywork at Raworth College of Natural and Sports Therapies, in Surrey, England. Determined to learn more, in 2009 Liliana immersed herself in the studies of Ayurveda (The ancient Hindu science of health and medicine).
Yoga and Pilates were a natural progression for Liliana after being an instructor, dancer, personal trainer and educator.
Ayurveda (from the Sanskrit word ‘yurveda’, meaning  ‘yu’, life, health, combined with ‘veda’, knowledge, lore) is an integral part of the great system of Vedic knowledge – which states that all universe is”ONE SELF”, and that the key to cosmic knowledge lies within our own minds and hearts.                                                                                              
Liliana’s Ayurvedic training took place at The Art of Living North American ashram situated in Quebec, Canada, one of only a select few institutions in the Americas that offer traditional and practical training in this ancient discipline.
Initially trained in Hatha yoga, Liliana has been studying and following a series of different practices combined with remedial bodywork for 12 years both in Canada and England.   
Liliana is known for her clear communication skills that she employs in her classes and her retreats as well as on television.   She has worked professionally as a co-host for the internationally acclaimed fitness TV show, “Kardio knockout”, which aired in over 150 different countries around the globe. 
Amongst many other hobbies, she enjoys photography and writing. She currently freelances as a writer for Yoga Magazine based in London (UK) along with a variety of health and wellness publications in Canada. 
Focusing more on a holistic approach to her teaching style, she has merged different disciplines of the east and west into a powerful and challenging vinyasa flow class which can be adapted and modified depending on the level of the participant yogi.
Her love for movement and wellness continues to develop and her practice grows and evolves with each experience along the journey of life.
Personal Motto: “Learn – Share – Inspire”
Website: Lily Pod Yoga
Blog: Lilypodyoga.wordpress.com
Facebook: Lily Pod Yoga Ayurveda
Twitter:  @LilyPodYoga

LinkedIn: Liliana Galvis


 

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