Did you know that pineapple juice is 500% more effective at helping you to stop coughing than cough syrup is? Well, it’s true, and it’s all on account of the fact that fresh pineapples contain a substance known as Bromelain; a specific type of enzyme that has anti-inflammatory characteristics which can combat infections and eradicate bacteria.
Half your daily dose of vitamin C
One glass pineapple juice also contains nearly half the amount of vitamin C that you require per day. Vitamin C is essential because as well as many other uses, it also enables your body to metabolize certain vital enzymes that regulate your metabolism and manage energy.
A great source of manganese
In addition to containing Bromelain and vitamin C, pineapple juice is also a good source of the mineral, manganese, which helps your body to maximize its absorption of calcium, aids the metabolization of carbohydrates and fats into energy, as well as facilitating healthy nerve function.
Bromelain is a powerful anti-inflammatory
It is also assumed that a certain amount of the Bromelain in pineapple juice is absorbed by the body directly, and that it works to lessen inflammation helping to relieve conditions like arthritis. In Germany Bromelain is specifically approved for treating inflammation and swelling of the nose, typically post sinus surgery.
Quick and easy pineapple juice based, cough remedy
Here’s a recipe to help you to knock together your own wholly natural pineapple juice cough mixture.
- 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice – preferably home juiced
- Some fresh lemon juice – approximately a quarter of a cup
- A small piece of ginger – about 3 inches long
- 1 tablespoon of unprocessed honey
- Half a teaspoon of hot cayenne pepper
Add all the ingredients to your juicer, and blitz! Your mucus and your cough will be gone in no time.