Most of us have become conditioned to immediately picking up a bottle of cough syrup the minute we feel the telltale tickle at the back of our throats, signaling the oncoming cough. Over-the-counter expectorant works well in most cases. But we often tend to forget that we can prevent many diseases and symptoms just by consuming the correct diet and nutrition. Thus, need for medications are eliminated when we take appropriate food and nutrition that prevent chronic symptoms like cough, nausea and headache. The experience and published data suggests chronic cough can be cured with natural remedies prepared at home. Today, we look at the benefits of pineapple juice and how it can get rid of a cough. In fact, the results may be beneficial when compared with benefits and side effects caused by traditional over-the-counter cough syrups.
Benefits of Pineapple Juice for Cough
Pineapple is available as a juice and fruit. Do you know that pineapple has countless health benefits such as reducing inflammation, improving cough, protecting your heart, helping digestion and also pineapple improves blood circulation? The fruit is rich in the enzyme bromelain.1 Most published data suggests bromelain enzyme works as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agent. In addition, many studies have shown that pineapple is extremely effective in treating symptoms like chronic cough that is caused by lung inflammation. Bromelain actually has strong anti-inflammatory properties.2 Pineapple is also known to relieve other symptoms caused by respiratory diseases like difficulties in breathing and sneezing. Pineapple suppresses the urge to cough. Pineapple is also beneficial in relieving cough that is caused by asthma. However, if you are suffering from asthma, then use pineapple juice as a preventive supplemental treatment. Pineapple may relieve bronchial mucosal swelling and not muscle spasm, so do not toss aside your inhaler or prescribed medications for bronchial asthma.
Bromelain is also known to thin out mucus and helps in expelling it. Congestion and cough related to sinus are also effectively cured by pineapple. The animal research study published in 2010 suggest pineapple juice restrict the growth of colon cancer.3 In fact, household experience indicates mixture of pineapple juice, salt, pepper, and honey reduces cough symptoms by nearly five times faster than any over-the-counter cough syrup. If you have a chronic cough and want to get relief faster, then it might be a good idea to supplement your medicines with a glass of pineapple juice.
Therapeutics Use of Pineapple Juice: Remedies for Cough
Pineapple Juice Mixed with Honey, Cayenne, Salt, and Ginger
This is one of the most traditional cough remedies in use for many years. This natural cough remedy calls for blending pineapple juice with ginger, salt, honey, and a dash of cayenne pepper. Scientific data published suggests ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant agent.4 Inhalation of pepper causes cough since the pepper particle irritates tracheal and bronchial mucosa. But, cayenne pepper mixed with pineapple juice and taken as a drink helps to relieve cough. The cayenne paper is extremely beneficial in combating cough and colds as it helps in dissolving and expelling mucus. The mixture of honey and ginger both being anti-inflammatory causes rapid decrease of inflammation and relieves mucosal swelling that is caused by retention of water and dilated blood vessels. The following steps are essential to prepare therapeutic mixture. You will need to blend and mix following substances as directed below-
- 1/4 tsp. of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. of salt
- 1 cup of pineapple juice
- 1 tsp. of chopped or minced ginger and
- 1 Tbsp. of honey
Mix all the ingredients together. Drink 1/4 cup of the concoction at least three times a day for 3 to 5 days. Keep in mind that for children under the age of 1 years, it is not recommended that you give them raw honey. If symptoms continue after 3 days or you started developing fever anytime then you must see your primary care physician.
Pineapple Juice Mixed with Honey, Salt, and Pepper
This is also another common cough remedy that mixes pineapple juice with honey, salt and pepper. In this mixture ginger is eliminated. Following steps are taken to mix the four nutrients.
- 1 and a 1/2 tbsp. of honey
- 1 cup of pineapple juice
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of pepper
Blend all the ingredients in the pineapple juice and have 1/4 cup up to three times a day.
Pineapple Strawberry Popsicles
You might be surprised to see popsicles on this list, but popsicles actually help to soothe the throat. They are also easy to make. Popsicle contains pineapple and strawberry juice. Pineapple is rich in bromelain and strawberries are a rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known for its immune-boosting properties. To make this cough remedy do the following:
- 3/4 cup of pineapple juice
- 2 cups of chopped strawberries
- 1 cup of pineapple chunks
Now mix all these three together and pour the mixture into popsicle molds. You can let it sit in the freezer for at least 3 hours or until they are frozen solid. Use as and when required.
Apart from helping your cough, pineapple juice also has many other health benefits. A combination of the ingredients mentioned in these remedies all have soothing properties for the throat and will provide relief in treating your cough and even help get relief from mucus.
When To See Doctor-
- If your cough is persisting for over 5 to 7 days., then it is time to consult a doctor to rule out any infections.
- If you suffer with additional symptoms like fever, diarrhea and burning urine you must consult your primary care physician or specialist.
Properties and Therapeutic Application of Bromelain: A Review
Potential role of bromelain in clinical and therapeutic applications
Inflamm Bowel Dis. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2011 Dec 1.
Dietary Supplementation with Fresh Pineapple Juice Decreases Inflammation and Colonic Neoplasia in IL-10-deficient Mice with Colitis
Anti-Oxidative and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Ginger in Health and Physical Activity: Review of Current Evidence