Pineapples are one of the most delicious tropical fruits which aside from being tasty are incredibly healthy as well. This amazing fruit and its juice can counter the effects of breast cancer, boost digestion and strengthen your immune system and can be used as a natural remedy for a number of different diseases. But can it cure coughs and related respiratory problems like asthma?
According to some studies pineapple juice can have a 5 times stronger effect than cough syrups prescribed by doctors, so why don’t we use it more often? If this turns out to be true we could save a fortune and avoid polluting our system with cough drops, syrups and pills and turn to this natural alternative instead. But if there’s reason for doubt, you risk a more serious illness, or your cough could flare up ultimately and you’ll still be forced to turn to the very cough syrup you rejected in favor of pineapple juice. So what is true and what is not? How can you know whether pineapple juice can relieve your cough and help you get better without medications?
Anti-inflammatory Powers For Allergic Conditions
Pineapples are rich in a mixture of enzymes, together known as bromelain which possess powerful anti-inflammatory properties. These properties have made it so popular as a traditional folk cure among the people of Central and South America. Allergic conditions are commonly treated with anti-inflammatory therapies and coughs are known to accompany these allergic conditions – it’s the body’s way to clear up the accumulated mucus build up. If you see your doctor for this condition he’ll prescribe steroids but your recovery could be speeded up by including the anti-inflammatory pineapple in your diet.
Combating Asthma And Allergy-Linked Respiratory Problems
Bromelain can help with AAD (allergic airways disease) so it’s logical to conclude that it can help as a supplemental therapy for allergic asthma conditions as well. Your asthma could be triggered by environmental or dietary factors, or may have genetic or infectious roots. According to a study which studies the effect of using pineapple juice to treat bronchial asthma is a promising new approach. The study involved test subjects who consumed 100 ml of pineapple mixed with an equal amount of water twice a day during a period of 3 months. After this period the subjects underwent a pulmonary function test called Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) and the results were very encouraging, leading the research team to conclude that pineapple juice could bring significant improvements to those with bronchial asthma.
Mucolytic Effects To Ease Coughs And Wheezing
If you suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchial asthma, an acute attack can bring about wheezing and coughing due to your bronchioles being blocked with excess mucus production. Latest research has led scientists to believe that pineapple could have mucolytic benefits as well. It can help enhance mucolysis and expectoration.
Clearing Out Your Sinus Problem Or Hay Fever
Stuffy nose and cough as a result of hay fever of sinus problems could be significantly relieved with pineapple juice. The bromelain has anti-inflammatory, decongestant and anti-histamine effects which give relief in such cases.
So Does Pineapple Juice Have The Power Of Cough Syrup?
There isn’t a simple yes-no answer to this question because it mainly depends on the type of cough you’re suffering from. In case of an allergic condition or a side effect of asthma, pineapple juice may provide additional relief in combination with the conventional therapy. Still, if you suffer from a nasty infection, you probably should take proper medication to help your body fight it off. Maybe pineapple isn’t the right choice when it comes to infections if you’re suffering from inflammation or mucus buildup as a result of allergic asthma or AAD it can come to your rescue. Whatever the case, pineapple doesn’t contain enough of the enzyme bromelain so that you can completely replace your cough medicine with it. It could still provide instant relief and a faster recovery time in combination with the prescription drugs.