10 Incredible Benefits of Pineapple for Beauty and Health
Sure, it's great in a pina colada, but did you know that your favorite crowned fruit works wonders for your body, too? Follow along to learn about the benefits of pineapple.
Improves the Look of Skin
Looking for a healthier and more rejuvenated complexion? Pineapple contains a powerful enzyme called bromelain which can break down and help sweep away dead skin cells. This makes it the ideal ingredient for a face mask. To try it out, simply rub a cube of freshly sliced pineapple on your face and neck, avoiding more sensitive areas (especially nicks and pimples!). Let the juice sit for about 5 minutes, then rinse. After a few applications, you’ll begin to notice your skin look younger and brighter.
Psst! We recommend limiting this treatment to once a week as the acidic properties of pineapple can also irritate skin.
Fades Scars & Acne Marks
Buh-bye, sun damage and scars! When paired with super-enzyme bromelain, the ascorbic acid in pineapple helps to reduce the look of dark marks and even out skin tone. Simply apply pineapple juice to the intended area using a Q-tip, let sit for 5 minutes and rinse.
Helps Give Lips a Lift
Use pineapple to plump and smooth lips with a pina colada-inspired lip scrub. Best, part? You only need three simple ingredients. Mix 1/2 tablespoon of pineapple juice (or pineapple puree) with 1/2 tablespoon slightly melted coconut oil, then add to 2 tablespoons of white sugar. Massage a small dab over lips, remove using a damp cloth and pucker up! We recommend avoiding this scrub if you have cracked or split lips as it can sting.
Hey, sweet stuff—did you know you can make a lip scrub using your favorite candy, too?
Supports Your Immune System
Pineapple contains a whopping amount of vitamin C, an essential nutrient for immune health. A single cup of chopped pineapple will give you over 125% of your recommended daily dose. Work the power of antioxidants into your diet by stirring up our fave Pineapple-Coconut Smoothie recipe for breakfast.
Builds Strong Bones
A cup of cubed pineapple will also help you reach 75% of your daily manganese intake. Manganese is recognized as a major player for bone health—and it’s been proven to aid in more complex bone issues like osteoporosis. Here’s another common ingredient that can help support bone health.
Fights Upset Stomachs
The bromelain enzyme in pineapple assists with poor digestion, too, as it helps break down proteins and can reduce inflammation. It’s also a good source of dietary fiber.
Softens & Smooths Cracked Feet
Been hard on your tootsies recently? Give yourself a DIY spa day with some help from pineapple. Create an exfoliating foot scrub by combining 1/2 cup brown sugar with 1/4 cup pineapple juice. Let your feet soak, then use the scrub to focus on rough or dry spots.
Supports Eye Health
The beta carotene and vitamin A found in pineapple supports eyesight and can help prevent vision loss. Which is great because you’ll want to get a good look at our stunning Skillet Pineapple Upside-Down Cake.
As a natural astringent, you can feel pineapple’s tightening effect on your skin in seconds. However, the vitamin C in this delicious fruit is what’ll help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles—leaving you with smooth skin that lasts. Simply massage pineapple juice on skin, avoiding any sensitive areas.
Packs in Nutrients
This superfruit is a great healthy alternative for when you’re craving something sweet. Here are approximate nutritional specs per 1 cup, pineapple chunks (165g):
Amounts per 1 cup, chunks (165g)
- Calories: 82.5
- Total Carbohydrate: 21.6g
- Dietary Fiber: 2.3g
- Starch: 0.0g
- Sugars: 16.3g
- Total Fat: 0.2g
- Protein: 0.9g
- Vitamin C: 78.9mg
- Calcium: 21.5mg
- Iron: 0.5mg
- Magnesium: 19.8mg
- Phosphorus: 13.2mg
- Potassium: 180mg
- Sodium: 1.7mg
- Zinc: 0.2mg
- Manganese: 1.5 mg
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