Pineapple juice is 5 times more effective than cough syrup, study shows

People develop a cough all the time. It can be caused by a particularly bad allergic reaction, a viral infection like a cold or the flue, respiratory infections like pneumonia or bronchitis or it could be due to certain medications, such as those that supposedly help treat high blood pressure. Whatever the reason, coughs are usually not a big problem. However, if they are persistent, they can be difficult to live with, especially if it’s interfering with a person’s ability to get a good night’s rest. But before you reach for a bottle of cough syrup, you should know that drinking pineapple juice has been found to be a better remedy.

This study, published by the journal Der Pharma Chemica, found that drinking pineapple juice, along with a combination of other health promoting ingredients such as raw honey and cayenne pepper, helped dissolve mucus in the lungs of patients with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the main pathogenic bacteria that causes tuberculosis. A subsequent study even found that raw pineapple extracts were able to decrease the amount of mucus five times faster than cough syrup. Patients with cough also recovered 4.8 times quicker if they consumed pineapple.

Pineapple juice is effective against coughs and other conditions

Pineapple juice contains bromelain, an enzyme with strong anti-inflammatory properties. This enzyme is known to help with respiratory problems that are related to asthma and allergies. Bromelain also contains mucolytic properties that help break down mucus and expel it from the lungs. One study even suggests that bromelain can help your body fight against cancer cells.

One glass, or eight ounces, of pineapple juice also contains nearly half of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. This rich ascorbic acid content is also capable of reducing inflammation, similar to bromelain, which is why natural health practitioners may also recommend drinking orange juice when you have a cough.

Furthermore, pineapple juice is also rich in other nutrients such as manganese, fiber, beta-carotene, copper, zinc and folate. Manganese helps form strong and healthy connective tissue and bones, helps your body absorb more calcium and helps metabolize the fats and carbohydrates in your diet. Manganese also improves regular nerve function. The fiber aids in proper digestion while the beta-carotene, copper, zinc and folate can boost your fertility.

How to make a pineapple juice cough remedy with a kick from home

Drinking pineapple juice alone will not be enough to get rid of your cough. You will need to take some rest, and get rid of unhealthy processed or junk foods from your diet. If the cough still persists even after drinking this pineapple juice cough remedy, consider consulting with your trusted natural health practitioner. If you are interested in drinking pineapple juice to combat your cough, consider making your own pineapple juice cough remedy. This can be done with ingredients that you can find in your natural health store. Here’s what you need and how to make it.

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

  • 3 inches of ginger root

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of organic, raw honey

  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper

  • Pinch of salt

  • Pinch of crushed pepper

  1. Pour all the ingredients together into your blender.

  2. Process until all the ingredients have fully mixed together.

  3. Pour into your glass and enjoy!

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