One of the main characteristics of this fruit is undoubtedly represented by the fact that it contains bromelain, which is a substance, or rather, an enzyme, which is highly effective and is present above all in the part of the plant corresponding to the stem.
This enzyme, therefore, has the peculiarity of favoring a better and faster digestion of proteins, including even those with a more complex structure.
The stem of the pineapple is characterized by having a particularly rich history behind it: in fact, already during the eighteenth century it was widely used due to its remarkable digestive properties and, for this reason, it was eaten at the end of lunches and dinners, or it was taken by people suffering from digestive disorders.
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continue ..., since even the organic acids found in the plant have properties and characteristics such that they are able to carry out a diuretic action and fight water retention quite effectively.
This explains the reason why pineapple, many times, manages to be considerably more effective than other fruits, within particular diets that aim to combat cellulite.
In any case, it is also good to point out the important beneficial effects that pineapple brings, in particular, towards the skin: the presence of absolutely fundamental substances, such as vitamin C, manganese and beta-carotene and the simultaneous union with other antioxidants , guarantees a luminous and elastic effect of the skin, also allowing to remove the “danger” of wrinkles.
One of the main characteristics referring to the bromelain enzyme is also that relating to a strong anti-inflammatory action.
This can be seen above all from the fact that pineapple is often included in those treatments that treat pathologies and disorders of an inflammatory nature.
Obviously, the uses and properties of bromelain are truly manifold, as also shown by a large number of scientific studies and also include the antithrombotic action and the fact of being able to make those plaques that are created with arteriosclerosis become soluble.
In recent times, moreover, research on the therapeutic properties of pineapple seems to have regained particularly vigor in the sense of a marked anti-shit action.
Finally, it is important to underline that bromelain is an enzyme that is particularly sensitive to heat and once it is cooked, it ends up losing its main properties and characteristics: this explains why all those products such as cakes, jams or tarts based on pineapple are not able to carry out the same beneficial action. Pineapple proves to be a particularly easy plant to grow even inside apartments and, more generally, indoors.
In any case, we are talking about a plant that needs to live in environments that are characterized by temperatures not lower than 15 degrees, while among the main preferences we find that of being in contact, at least for several hours a day, with the sun's rays.
In fact, in the event that the pineapple plant does not receive the adequate amount of sunlight, it will end up losing the typical mottling of its leaves.
When it is decided to keep the plant in an environment where the temperatures are mild throughout the year, then the plant develops in a rather continuous way despite its growth during the winter season undergoes considerable slowdowns.
This plant is characterized by having the need to receive frequent watering, so that they are constant throughout the year and, in particular, during the spring and summer seasons.
Obviously, during watering, it will be necessary to pay a high level of attention to avoid the formation of water stagnation dangers, which can create dangers for the health and correct development of the plant.
During the autumn-winter seasons, it will be necessary to reduce watering considerably, but keeping constant irrigation, to prevent the leaves from losing their turgor.
Obviously, pineapple is one of those plants that absolutely need to live in an environment that denotes a high level of humidity: this explains why, during the summer season, it is always good to provide nebulization of the leaves.
Furthermore, to ensure that the plant can develop within an environment that is always maintained at an excellent level of humidity, it could be rather useful to place it above a saucer, inside which it is necessary to insert pebbles and some water on the bottom, making sure that the bottom of the pot is not immersed in water, since in this situation there would be a considerable danger to the life of the roots.
As for the best types of soil in which pineapple is able to develop more easily, we must emphasize that an excellent drainage of the watering water is essential.
Obviously, with the passage of time, the plant develops and, in most cases, the weight increases considerably: this explains why, often, stones must be added to give greater support to the pot in which the plant is grown.
Furthermore, the roots are never particularly deep and, for this reason, the pineapple plant can be repotted about every twenty-four months.
There is nothing to prune, however: only the leaves of the pineapple plant can be removed, which over time develop and then dry up, to avoid any possible formation of diseases and parasites.
Finally, the multiplication of the pineapple plant can take place both by suckers and by tuft of leaves.Undoubtedly, the most important use of this plant is certainly that of anti-inflammatory, since pineapple is really very effective when you it is about treating all those inflammatory states that refer to soft tissues that are associated with various traumas.
Within all those localized inflammations, pineapple is particularly effective when it comes to treating edema (a good example can be prostatitis), while it can guarantee the carrying out of a beneficial action to counteract tissue reactions after surgery. surgical nature.
When pineapple is used as an anti-inflammatory, it must be highlighted how the mode of use is that of 40 IU, for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 times a day, even if numerous scientific tests have tried to use dosages higher and have achieved good results, without running into contraindications or particular side effects, since only some slight gastrointestinal disturbances have occurred.
The fact of being able to effectively use bromelain undoubtedly allows us to differentiate ourselves from many drugs that perform an anti-inflammatory function: if the action performed is the same, the modalities and mechanisms in which this occurs are different.
Traditional anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) work by inhibiting cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin synthesis, while Bromelain even manages to avoid any damage or danger of a gastrointestinal nature.
By combining anti-inflammatories and bromelain, an undoubtedly more effective and powerful therapeutic product is available.
As for topical use, pineapple can be exploited to carry out a typically keratolytic action that refers above all to those flaps of dead skin that are near ulcers or burns, even if in Italy there is no drug of this bromelain based type.
Very frequently, bromelain can be used in dyspepsia.
On the market we can find a large number of supplements and body care products that have been made with pineapple.
In particular, it may happen to come across pineapple tablets (which are sold in herbal medicine) that are able to perform a triple action, namely digestive, anti-inflammatory and anti-edemitic.
The latter is a product that is recommended above all to those people who have to treat cellulite, but also to those who have digestive problems.
On the market we can also find a large number of products that use the pineapple stem: it can be powdered extract or, more frequently, capsules and tablets, which are taken above all for the improvement of digestive activity.
The price of these products that are able to give an important help with regard to the digestive system, is always between 5 and 25 euros.
For the treatment against cellulite, we also find creams and lotions based on pineapple: these are essentially cosmetic products that are particularly suitable for the treatment of skin imperfections, such as adiposity and, in fact, cellulite.
On these occasions, the pineapple cream proves to be particularly effective, also given the rich presence of beneficial substances and, in particular, of bromelain, also excellent for the care of orange peel skin.
The application must take place daily, spreading the pineapple cream directly on the affected part, massaging this area in such a way that this product can be completely absorbed by the skin, also following the venous flow, or from the bottom up.
Even in the latter case, we are talking about products that can be safely purchased in herbal medicine, which have prices between 10 and 40 euros.