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Can Pineapples Cure Your Cough?

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Have you been told that pineapple juice is several times more effective than a cough syrup? While pineapple is rich in nutrients including antioxidant Vitamin C, can it actually help cure a cough? Here’s a closer look at claims of the potent benefits of pineapple juice, some of which might have you left you curious or skeptical, depending on what you have read!

Pineapples are amazing tropical fruits that have found their way into healthcare regimens for a number of different reasons. From countering the ravaging effects of breast cancer1 to helping digestion and building immunity, the juice and fruit of the pineapple offer an alternative natural remedy for a number of your health problems. But what of its ability to cure coughs and related respiratory problems like asthma?

Some reports suggest that pineapple juice could be as much as five times more effective than cough syrups that doctors have been prescribing for years. If that’s true, it could save you time, money, and help you avoid consuming pharmacy-bought syrups and pills. But if there’s reason for doubt, you may put yourself at risk of a more serious illness, or see your cough flare up ultimately, needing the very cough syrup you spurned in favor of pineapple juice. So how much of this claimis true and where do you draw the line?

Anti-inflammatory Powers For Allergic Conditions

Pineapples contain a mixture of enzymes, together known as bromelain, which has potent anti-inflammatory benefits for your body. This composition is what has made the fruit so popular as a folk remedy for generations of people in South and Central America.2 Anti-inflammatory therapy is one of the many treatments suggested to combat allergic airways diseases (AAD). And coughs are not uncommon when you have AAD as the body tries to purge itself of the excess mucus buildup.3 While steroids are typically used, you may give your body a nudge in the right direction by supplementing this medication with an anti-inflammatory diet that includes pineapple or its juice.4

Combating Asthma And Allergy-Linked Respiratory Problems

Research shows bromelain can help with AAD. By extension, it is also suggested that it can work as a supplemental therapy to provide relief if you have allergic asthma. The triggers for your asthma could be environmental or dietary, or may have genetic or infectious roots. One study explored the effect of using pineapple juice to treat bronchial asthma. Test subjects consumed 100 ml of pineapple mixed with an equal amount of water twice a day for a duration of 90 days. The results of the pulmonary function test called Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR) were promising, leading the research team to conclude that pineapple juice could bring significant improvements to those with bronchial asthma.5

Mucolytic Effects To Ease Coughs And Wheezing

If you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchial asthma, an acute attack can cause wheezing and coughing when your bronchioles are blocked with excess mucus production. Research has hinted at the mucolytic benefits of pineapple juice. It can help enhance mucolysis and the expelling of mucus (also called expectoration). It also causes stringy mucus typical of COPD and bronchial asthma to be diluted, helping you overcome a bout of illness.6

Clearing Out Your Sinus Problem Or Hay Fever

If you suffer from a stuffy nose and cough due to hay fever or sinus problems, bromelain could come to your rescue. Its action as an anti-inflammatory, a decongestant, and a natural antihistamine helps provide you that much needed relief when you’re bogged down by the stuffiness and heavy-headedness of these problems.7

So Does Pineapple Juice Have The Power Of Cough Syrup?

The answer to this really depends on what kind of cough you have. If it is an allergic condition or a side effect of asthma, pineapple juice may be useful as an additional therapeutic treatment. However, if you have a bad infection, you may need proper medication to help your body fight it off. While pineapple juice may only have a limited use in treating infections, it could help alleviate the inflammation or mucus buildup of allergic asthma or AAD. Unfortunately, the average dietary sources of bromelain like pineapple don’t have nearly enough of the enzymes to justify substituting medicine with it. So you will have to stick with the prescription from your doctor for now.8

References   [ + ]

1.Dhandayuthapani, Sivanesan, Honey Diaz Perez, Alexandra Paroulek, Panneerselvam Chinnakkannu, Umadevi Kandalam, Mark Jaffe, and Appu Rathinavelu. “Bromelain-induced apoptosis in GI-101A breast cancer cells.” Journal of medicinal food 15, no. 4 (2012): 344-349.
2, 7, 8.Bromelain, University of Maryland Medical Center.
3.White, Kevin M., Michael S. Tankersley, and Pramod S. Kelkar. “Mechanisms of Cough in Asthma and Allergic Airway Disease.” In Allergy Frontiers: Clinical Manifestations, pp. 187-201. Springer Japan, 2009.
4.Carlsen, Kai-Håkon. “Therapeutic strategies for allergic airways diseases.” Paediatric respiratory reviews 5, no. 1 (2004): 45-51.
5, 6.Sharma,Sujata Pandit, and Brajbhushan.“A Study on Nutritional Efficacy of Pineapple Juice in the Treatment of Bronchial Asthma.”International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2015.
CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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