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If you like piña coladas, then you probably like pineapple juice. But did you know that it is healthy as well as delicious? So, what sort of benefits does pineapple juice offer? First, you won’t need to search for no sugar added, nothing but pineapple juice. Unlike other fruit juices, pineapple juice is so sweet that often no sugar needs to be added. In fact, the only substance that is normally added to it is ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. This is added to protect color and flavor. If you prefer your juice without the extra vitamin boost, you can always juice the fruit yourself.

Be sure to avoid any pineapple drinks that are juice-like products and not actually juice. These drinks are just flavored sugar water and should be avoided.

Examples of these include:

  • Kool-Aid
  • Capri Sun
  • Hi-C

Nutrition summary

One 8-ounce cup of unsweetened pineapple juice has about 130 calories with 33 milligrams (mg) of calcium and 30 mg of magnesium. Even without added ascorbic acid, it’s got 25 mg of vitamin C, which is a third of the daily recommended value for women (75 mg), and over 25 percent for men (90 mg). It also contains 0.78 mg of iron, which is about 10 percent of the recommended daily intake for adult men (the recommended daily intake for women is much higher, at 18 mg).

1. Anti-inflammatory properties

Pineapple is the only major dietary source of bromelain. While it’s found in the greatest concentration within the core of the fruit, it is also found throughout the sweet parts and in the juice. According to one study, pineapple can be useful in the treatment of sports injuries, thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain.

Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme, which means it’s a mixture of enzymes that digest protein. Its anti-inflammatory properties include the reduction of swelling and bruising. You can also think of it as a scavenger enzyme, helping to clean up damaged cells. Bromelain seems to work by triggering the body’s production of substances that fight pain and reduce swelling, and it contains chemicals that prevent the blood from clotting.

2. Anticancer agent

Studies show that bromelain has the potential to act as an effective cancer-fighting agent. Specifically, it may work in unison with chemotherapy to suppress the growth of cancer cells. It also contains beta carotene, which can protect against prostate cancer and possibly colon cancer. As far as treatment goes, the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Medicine says that further research is needed.

3. Heart benefits

The vitamin C in pineapple juice may also help to protect against heart disease. A number of studies — including one from Finland and another from China — show that higher vitamin C intake causes a decrease in the risk of coronary heart disease. Also, like cancer, heart disease risk reduces with a high-fiber diet.


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