Here’s why pineapple juice will help your sore throat.

Guest Blog by Kelly Cuip


One of the best ways to heal up a scratchy throat and cough is to drink freshly juiced pineapple juice. For several years now we have juiced a pineapple every time we get a cough or have a sore throat.  And every time it heals us up rather quickly!  It usually only takes about 1-2 glasses of fresh pineapple juice to send a cough on it’s way out the door. There have been several articles make the statement that pineapple juice is 5 times more effective than cough syrup, and I can confirm, that this is most definitely the case!  In fact, one study performed by the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Meerut Institute of Engineering and Technology in India, confirmed that fresh pineapple juice, with honey and pepper added, was found to be extremely helpful in dissolving mucus of the lungs in tuberculosis.

The pineapple’s super-power lies within it’s naturally occurring enzyme, bromelain, which reduces inflammation.  This soothes the irritation of the throat and relieves the coughing. Bromelain is also a proteolytic enzyme, which means it digests protein. It also contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Magnesium, all of which boost the immune system, which in turn helps ward off colds and illness. By triggering the body’s production of substances that reduce swelling and fight pain, Bromelain is able to soothe and heal irritated coughs.

Benefits Of Drinking Pineapple Juice For A Cough

  • Cataract prevention via Vitamin A & C, which both play a key role in protecting vision
  • High amounts of Manganese which is an essential nutrient that helps protect cells against free radicals and strengthens bones and teeth
  • The very high fiber content helps with constipation and cleansing toxins from organs
  • Bromelain reduces inflammation, which in turn soothes pain and swelling
  • High Vitamin C content is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues.  Also helps absorb minerals, maintain immune system, maintains teeth, bones & cartilage and helps in forming collagen.
  • Drinking fresh pineapple juice helps remove intestinal worms
  • Acts as a natural diuretic and helps detox the body of toxins
  • Helps in removing dead cells from the skin
  • Contains antioxidants that fight skin damage and reduce wrinkles
  • Boosts fertility via antioxidants that fight free radicals, which cause damage to reproductive organs
  • Facilitates the healing of wounds by quickly repairing cells and tissues
  • Helps digestion by providing the enzymes to break down protein, which in turn helps absorb nutrients that are eaten
  • Contains copper, the mineral essential for healthy red blood cells. Copper increases cognitive abilities and helps maintain neural pathways, helping prevent neural disorders

These benefits will be most enjoyed when drinking fresh pineapple juice, right from the juicer.  If you must buy store-bought, make sure you get Organic, Not From Concentrate, No Sugar Added,  and all that jazz pineapple juice.  But you will reap the rewards of pineapples most from freshly squeezed juice!

Our personal experience has always been that once we give pineapple juice, no matter how long the cough has been around, it usually tends to disappear in a day or two completely after being given a couple of glasses of fresh pineapple juice. Or anytime I notice one of my children getting a cold, a glass of pineapple juice will ward it off. I keep going with the pineapple juice too, we keep drinking it for a few days just to keep illness away.  Remember, natural remedies work best in strong bodies that aren’t tainted with poisonous medications.

And you know the best part about pineapple juice??  It tastes WONDERFUL!!!  My boys like the fresh pineapple juice the best, with a couple of ice cubes mixed in, so you’re not drinking warm pineapple juice. It tastes delicious people, and it’s so good for you!  Cheers!

Kelly Cuip

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1. Bromelain treatment decreases neutrophil migration to sites of inflammation.
Publication: Clin. Immunol. 2008 Jul ;128(1)::66-74. :doi: 10.1016/j.clim.2008.02.015. 
Publication Date: 2008 Jul
Study Author(s): Fitzhugh, David J;Shan, Siqing;Dewhirst, Mark W;Hale, Laura P;
Oral Bromelain Attenuates Inflammation in an Ovalbumin-induced Murine Model of Asthma.
Publication: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2008 Mar ;5(1)::61-9. :doi: 10.1093/ecam/nel110.
Publication Date: 2008 Mar
Study Author(s): Secor, Eric R;Carson, William F;Singh, Anurag;Pensa, Mellisa;Guernsey, Linda A;Schramm, Craig M;Thrall, Roger S; 

Institution: Department of Immunology and Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA.