What is Bromelain?

Although bromelain sounds like a medication, it is actually a widely accessible nutrients found in common foods. The most popular source of bromelain is in fact pineapples. It can be extracted from the juice, flesh and stems of all types of pineapples. You can increase your intake the natural way by adding delicious pineapples to your dishes.

Health Benefits of Bromelain

Bromelain is often overlooked on nutritional profiles because its benefits are not as popular as those of other nutrients. A closer look at bromelain shows that this substance is essential to the breakdown of protein. If your body runs low on bromelain, you stand a risk of experiencing protein overload or amino acids being flushed out of the body without being digested.

Bromelain is also in the nutritional spotlight for its anti-inflammatory properties. People with conditions like diabetes, bowel diseases and arthritis can benefit a lot from increasing their dosage of bromelain. This is because inflammation is one of the primary symptoms of these illnesses.

What is Bromelain Used for?

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Because bromelain is naturally available in pineapples, it can be used in cooking. Pineapples can of course be eaten raw or in a fruit salad. Pineapple pieces also make great toppings for pizza, pasta, lean burgers and sandwiches. Pineapple juice gives tropical flavor to smoothies and drinks as well. Try to include pineapples in your menu as often as possible.

If the dosage of bromelain from pineapples is not enough, you can always buy supplements from the store. When in capsule form, bromelain is used to treat a range of symptoms and diseases. It is also taken differently depending on the condition you want treated. Those with inflammatory diseases like arthritis and diabetes should take bromelain capsules on an empty stomach for maximum results. If you need supplements as a digestive or for sinusitis, it is best to ingest tablets with meals.

How Much Bromelain Do You Need a Day?

The average adult needs about 80 to 320 milligrams a day. The dosage will vary according to the severity of your case and the doctor’s recommendations. This should amount to 1-2 capsules daily. Be careful not to take supplements for more than 10 days consecutively. If you’re using bromelain topical creams, use it on minor cuts and burns only.

Effects of Too Much Bromelain

An excessive amount of bromelain in your system can cause negative health effects. Patients who have overdosed on this substance report experiencing indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. Nausea and vomiting are also common symptoms. Other patients have allergic reactions, as well as drowsiness, increased heart rate and unusually heavy menstruation. It is best to avoid bromelain supplements if you have a history of peptic ulcers.

Although bromelain is not often mentioned like other nutrients are, it is essential to some basic bodily processes. Not only does it play a huge role in synthesizing protein, it can effectively treat inflammation and many other symptoms. Enjoy more pineapple for a daily dose or ask your doctor to prescribe supplements to better your wellbeing.

How to Cut a Pineapple

Pineapples are tropical, juicy fruits with a natural sweetness only a few can resist. It is often used as a finishing touch to fruit salads and cocktails. It is also served as a topping on pizza and can be blended to make flavoring for drinks. Although millions love it, most don’t really know how to cut a pineapple properly. Take a moment to learn how to have your way with this prickly fruit.

Nutrients in Pineapples

The skin and leaves of pineapples are not edible, but the flesh and core are full of nutrients. Pineapples are surprisingly high in soluble and insoluble fiber. They also provide a decent amount of vitamins A; B and C. Minerals in pineapple flesh include manganese, magnesium, copper and folate. An interesting nutrient present in these fruits is bromelain. Bromelain is an anti-inflammatory nutrient that prevents blood clots and is sometimes used to treat worm infections.

Effect of Pineapples on Your Health

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If you’ve been looking for a tasty way to get more fiber in your diet, pineapples are it. Constipation, diarrhea and unusual bowel movements are all indicators that you need more fiber. Increasing your dosage can ease these symptoms. Manganese and magnesium can improve the health of your bones, as well as stabilize your blood pressure.

Pineapples are also a good food for weight loss diets. They only have 50 calories per 100 grams. It is also believed that an adequate amount of copper can aid the metabolism, which might lead to accelerated weight loss.

How to Cut a Pineapple the Right Way

Pineapples have needle-like leaves and a prickly skin. Therefore, be cautious with your hands and use a steady cutting board. It is common to have problems with cutting a pineapple for the first few times. Try practicing how to cut a pineapple until you master the technique.

Step 1:

Place your pineapple sideways on a firm cutting board. Using a sharp knife slowly cut off the stalk.

Step 2:

Once the stalk is off, slice off both the top and bottom of the pineapple until where the soft, edible flesh starts.

Step 3:

Stand the pineapple upright and cut all the rough skin off lengthwise.

Step 4:

After the skin is off, you will still have some brown divits or spots remaining on the flesh. You can easily remove these with a potato peeler or similar device.

Step 5:

Some pineapples have tender cores you can eat. However, others have hard cores. If you wish to remove this core, use a knife or “corer” to cut around it and throw it away.

Pineapple Serving Tips

Pineapples can add a sweet, tropical flavor to salads, meals, drink and even dairy. Cut thin slices of pineapple and use it to flavor pizzas and lean burgers. You can blend pineapple pieces to add to smoothies or add cubed pieces to yoghurt.

By learning how to cut a pineapple correctly, you can bypass its prickly exterior to enjoy its juicy, nutritious core. Whether you slice it or juice it, this sweet fruit can be used to flavor everything from main courses to desserts.

Health Benefits of Pineapple

The Health Benefits of Pineapple seem endless. You might know pineapple as a canned fruit that come in various slices. In reality, pineapple is a fruit composed of many flowers. The fruits of each flower circle around a single core; each fruit is characterized by a spiny part which we sometimes call as eyes.
Children from tropical countries know what a pineapple looks like. This is because the fruit grow best in humid climate and is readily available almost whole year round. For others, pineapple is just a simple canned fruit – or better yet a fruit shaped like Sponge Bob’s house.

One known Health Benefit of Pineapple is its ability to prevent scurvy. This fruit is rich in Vitamin C, but there is more to it than that.

Pineapples contain an important enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme has been found to be an effective anti-inflammatory compound that helps reduce swelling. It is also known to treat sore throat, arthritis, gout, and acute sinusitis. Continue reading Health Benefits of Pineapple

Happy New Year 2010!

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Happy New Year to everyone! The year 2010 has just arrived and I’m pretty sure that most of us have our own New Year’s resolution to keep. Before anything else, please allow me to extend my warm appreciation to each and everyone for all your support. The year 2009 won’t be a good one and a good start for Panlasang Pinoy without you, our treasured friends.

Panlasang Pinoy is a very young website; this started out as a personal blog that aims to document Filipino foods and how they are prepared (hoping that Filipino foods will be recognized in the international food scene someday). I understand and expected a lot of planning, hard work, and patience is necessary to achieve my goal. I prepared myself for the challenges ahead and started sailing on the last week of February 2009 with my very first post (Pork Menudo). This was a test voyage to see if the waters will lead me somewhere. Back then, I was using a free WordPress account for hosting the blog: the domain Panlasang Pinoy dot com does not even exist yet. A few days have elapsed and the posts are not going anywhere so I added videos to each of the new posts on March 2009 to see if this will catch the interest of the public; it did. From then on, almost all the posts have accompanying How to DIY cooking videos to provide more guidance to the readers. After reviewing the visitor statistics and noticed that the wind is enough to lead me somewhere, I purchased the domain Panlasangpinoy.com and subscribed to a paid hosting account on May 2009 (we will be celebrating our first birthday this May, you are all invited). I still don’t know when I’ll arrive to my destination; the boat is moving and this can take me somewhere and I just need to work harder and wait.

Cooking, filming, composing articles, and taking pictures almost all at the same time is not an easy task (considering that I don’t do this for a living). In fact, it is very time consuming and a lot of patience and hard work is necessary to complete a single post (good thing my wife and kids are always supportive). I remember almost staying-up late everyday to complete every featured post and getting-up early the next morning to go to work (so that I can have the money to buy the ingredients and pay the heating bills :-) ) Though it sounds hard, this did not stop me from doing the very same thing over and over again (and it did not even have any negative effect on my performance in my real job). After a few months, I got used to it and considered the tasks to be part of my daily routine.

Here we are now still focusing on the very same goal. We are still in the middle of the ocean but the weather is good and the wind is more than enough. I am still optimistic as I was that someday our ultimate goal will be achieved. Back in the days, there was just me, my wife, and my kids but now we have all of you by our side. From 1,000 page views a day last May 2009 to almost 34,536 page views a day on Dec 31, 2009, the year 2009 is indeed a blessing for us. A good year has ended (Good bye and thank you 2009) but a new and promising year just came (hello and welcome 2010). Let’s all do what we do best and continue sharing and helping each other.

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We welcomed 2010 by sharing a simple family dinner. We served thirteen (13) different fruits; oranges, apples, grapes, persimmons, peaches, pears, mangoes, cantaloupe, clementine, pineapple, nectarines, grapefruit, and pomegranate. This is a Chinese tradition that we Filipinos embraced for the hopes of bringing prosperity and joy for the whole year to come. As for the dishes, we had shrimp croquettes and potato salad for starters. Spaghetti and meatballs, Morcon in tomato sauce, and double smoked ham were served for the main course. We also shared the delicious custard cake for dessert.

Let’s enjoy life and be thankful for what we have. Thanks for all your support and have a happy and prosperous 2010!