ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pineapple: Health Benefits & Side Effects

Updated on May 30, 2020
Pineapple fruit
Pineapple fruit

Pineapple is known scientifically by the name of Ananas comosus (L.) Merr. It's a member of the Bromeliaceae family. In Hindi, pineapple is called 'Anannas'. Pineapple is known to be a native to South America and believed to be brought to Europe by Spanish explorers. Its fruit is often used as a piece of decoration along with the crown. Plant of the pineapple is also grown indoors or out as an ornamental plant. Citric and malic acids are found in good quantities in pineapple fruits. Citric acid concentrations in some cultivars may exceed 8%. Ascorbic acid is also found in moderate amounts in pineapple fruit.

Folk Medicines

It is used as a constituent of several home remedies and folk medicines. Its juice is believed to expedite labor and as an antidote for seasickness. Young fruit is considered to be toxic to intestinal worms and a good remedy for venereal diseases.A little quantity of the flesh of young fruit with honey is ingested continually for 3 days in the morning to help achieve abortion.Field ripe fruits are usually eaten fresh as dessert.

Evidences in literature suggest that inflorescence of pineapple was used by female adults in Gabon to promote menstrual discharge and flowers were eaten raw by Malaysians as abortificient.

Medicinal uses

Different plant parts and its juices were believed by natives of many countries in the past to interfere with pregnancy, avoid pregnancy and provoke abortion. Nigerians used fresh fruit juice of pineapple fruit to overcome some of the effects of diabetes and believed that hot water extract of dried bark was of immense help in treating arthritis.People reportedly used its fresh juice as a blood purifier in USA as per the reports available.

Bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme in pineapple, has been shown to be an effective treatment in upper respiratory tract infections by suppressing coughs and reducing the thickness of mucus. Treating colds, sore throats, and acute sinusitis are other health benefits of pineapple.

Uses as salad, cake and puddings

Other uses include as salads, cooked in pies, puddings, cakes or as garnish on ham. Pineapple is also reported to be used in curries and other dishes. A popular sweetmeat is made from the fermented pulp of pineapple in some of the southeast Asian countries. Canned juice of pineapple is in great demand. Juice is also used in confectioneries and beverages. Powdered extract is also prepared from its juice.

Fresh fruit salad may be prepared within few minutes. Ingredients required for fresh fruit salad are as follows. Take 1-2 sliced bananas, 1/4 th of papaya and pineapple, a kiwi, 1 cup yogurt, 2 tablesppon honey and one tablespoon toasted coconut. Take a serving ball and place all the pieces of fruit, mix yogurt and honey and top up over the fruits alongwith toasted coconut.

Nutritional value

Pineapple contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese fiber, and vitamin C. It is low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol but fairly rich in sugars. It is also a good source of thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamin B6, copper and dietary fiber.

Health benefits

It promotes bone growth and strengthens bones due to presence of sufficient amounts of manganese, a mineral considered responsible for healthy bones and connective tissues. Pineapple is believed to be useful for maintaining oral health and juice is considered helpful in healing process after a dental surgery.

Bromelain reduces inflammation and activates compounds that break down fibrin and blocks the production of kinins which both play a role in swelling. Because of these effects, it has been used to help treat rheumatoid arthritis and to speed up recovery from injuries and surgery.Other health benefits of pineapple is firming skin (by boosting the production of collagen), sloughing off dead skin cells, evening out skin tone, and making tiny wrinkles less noticeable.

The dried powdered root is considered a good remedy for edema. Application of the crushed rind on fractures is considered very useful. Use of the rind decoction mixed with rosemary is known to provide relief in hemorrhoids. Leaf juice is reportedly used as a purgative, emmenagogue and vermifuge.

Side effects

  • Pineapple may show allergic reactions in some people in the form of temporary swelling on lips accompanied by rash
  • Excess consumption may result in diarrhea and extreme menstrual bleeding
  • Excess consumption may also lead to miscarriages in pregnant women
  • Excessive consumption of cores may be the cause of formation of fiber balls in the digestive track.
  • Consumption of unripe pineapple may have serious complications
  • Unripe pineapple may irritate the throat and act as a drastic purgative.

© 2009 C V Singh


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)