Cold weather has descended quickly this year and with it, the usual nasty army of cough, flu and cold germs, sending masses to the pharmacy for over-the-counter and prescription drugs full of chemicals, artificial dyes and harmful side effects.
But did you know there is an all natural solution that has been proven to be 500% more effective than over-the-counter cough syrup? The surprising solution – pineapple juice.
In a 2010 study done in India, researchers found pineapple juice to be extremely helpful in dissolving mucus of the lungs in tuberculosis and soothe persistent cough. Patients put on a mixture of pineapple juice, raw honey, pepper and salt were found to recover 5 times quicker compared to using over-the-counter drugs.
Pineapples contain a good amount of bromelain, an enzyme that the body is able to absorb directly. Bromelain is known for lessening inflammation and helping relieve condition is like arthritis. It makes sense then that the high bromelain content in pineapple is effective against sinus and lung inflammation. In fact, bromelain is approved in Germany specifically for treating inflammation and swelling of the nose for patients who have just had sinus surgery. It also fights infections and kills bacteria.
In addition, just one cup of pure pineapple juice meets 50% of your daily recommended needs of vitamin C – another powerful nutrient that strengthens the immune system and helps you recover from respiratory infections.
Pineapple is also high in manganese, an important mineral that aids in calcium absorption as well as metabolizing fat and carbohydrates into energy. It also promotes healthy nerve function.
Instead of buying pasteurized pineapple juice with fewer nutrients in it, why not juice your own fresh pineapple or make a smoothie with it, or try this easy, quick pineapple juice cough remedy recipe:
1 cup of pineapple juice (preferably fresh)
1 tbsp honey
A dash of cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt
Small piece of ginger
Blend ingredients and enjoy 1/4 cup 3x a day, or just drink plain pineapple juice as much as you desire. Your cough will be gone in no time!