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PINEAPPLE

Pineapple for Peak Health.

Pineapple is rich in an enzyme called bromelain. In addition to research suggesting that bromelain may help alleviate arthritis symptoms and speed wound healing, new studies point to possible relief from asthma as well as reduced risk of lung and breast cancers.

Bromelain is only one of the beneficial nutrients found in pineapple, which is also an excellent source of vitamin C (helping promote collagen formation and improve iron absorption) and manganese (supporting metabolism and bone density).

Recent research shows that fresh and frozen pineapple has at least as much enzyme activity as bromelain supplements—and in many cases much more. In one case, just one serving (1 cup) had 13 times as much enzymatic activity as the supplement.