Fight Indigestion and Inflammation with Pineapple

Fight Indigestion with Pineapple
Fight Indigestion with Pineapple

Pineapple has a centuries-old reputation for relieving indigestion, and there are many good reasons for that. It’s one powerful fruit, containing properties for aiding both digestive health and inflammation! Fresh pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps digestion by breaking down protein.  This is especially important for people who have digestions issues, or many older people who have low levels of stomach acid, which is needed for protein digestion.

Adding a few slices of pineapple to a meal or smoothie, or having it for dessert may help keep your stomach calm and aid digestion. For the greatest anti-inflammatory benefit, make pineapple a between-meals snack. “The bromelain in pineapple has powerful anti-inflammatory properties”, says bromelain researcher Eric Secor, ND, and postdoctoral fellow in immunology at the University of Connecticut.  Studies show it can soothe irritated sinuses and swollen sore throats, ease arthritic inflammation, and even help cuts and scrapes heal faster.

Eat pineapple alone to get the most anti-inflammatory benefit; otherwise the bromelain will be deactivated as it helps digest protein in the other foods you eat.

And here’s a little tip for you if you live in a sunny place – put your pineapple out in the sun for at least 12 hours before eating it. This makes the fruit extra juicy and super sweet.

Chelsea Goodrich

Chelsea has worked as part of the Young and Raw team as a Holistic Health Coach and Customer Support Rawkstar. After a life-long fascination with natural health she made the transition to a high raw, plant based diet about five years ago, and found this helped her gain relief of periodic chronic migraines, fatigue, and sleep problems. Her overall energy and mood was elevated, and her problematic skin improved dramatically. This experience deepened her interest in natural health studies and led her to attend and graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2011. Chelsea has also completed a health program through The Hippocrates Health Institute, a Raw Food Chef certification through The Graff Academy, and a Hot Yoga Teacher Training with Hot Yoga Doctor in 2012. She is now pursuing a master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, and living her dreams in Santa Monica, California. You can contact her at