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It’s pineapple season in Costa Rica, which means we have an ample supply of pineapples right now. Two stores around here have small pineapples for a dollar each! I purchased five this week. We still have two left. DELICIOUS! I highly recommend buying a pineapple or two if you like them. These have been good and they are very good for you!

Pineapple is unique with a wonderful vitamin profile and supplies us with the unusual substance called bromelain. Bromelain may help control excessive inflammation, excessive coagulation of the blood, and certain types of tumor growth. Pineapple is considered a super food because of its high vitamin content. The World Healthiest foods website also notes that it could be especially important in working against macular degeneration:

…it looks like fruit is even more important for keeping your sight than vegetables. Data reported in a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that eating 3 or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36%, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.

In this study, which involved over 110,000 women and men, researchers evaluated the effect of study participants’ consumption of fruits; vegetables; the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E; and carotenoids on the development of early ARMD or neovascular ARMD, a more severe form of the illness associated with vision loss. While, surprisingly, intakes of vegetables, antioxidant vitamins and carotenoids were not strongly related to incidence of either form of ARMD, fruit intake was definitely protective against the severe form of this vision-destroying disease.

So if you see pineapple in your area, pick one up! If you don’t like pineapple, grab any fruit that you do like.

Posted: October 4, 2017