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Incredible Benefits of Pineapple Juice for Cough

Updated on February 20th, 2020
Pineapple Juice for Cough

Pineapple has certain nutrients that help in soothing the symptoms of a cough. In fact, pineapple juice is amongst the list of foods that treat tuberculosis. It has a soothing effect on the throat by dissolving the mucus and thereby clearing the pathway.

Benefits of Pineapple Juice for Cough

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Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in pineapple juice that possess anti-inflammatory properties. Bromelain(1) helps in treating respiratory allergies and symptoms of asthma very effectively. It also has mucolytic properties that help break up and expel mucus.

Pineapple juice is also called lytic agent as it helps in the thinning of mucus which can be expelled out when coughing.

[Also Read: Natural Remedies to Treat Cough]

What Kinds of Coughs Can It Treat

Pineapple juice can treat even the most persistent cough. However, it is to be noted if the cough is caused due to the underlying disease; pneumonia. This remedy may not be suitable to treat pneumonia. If you have a cough, you could sip on pineapple juice and skip out on that bitter cough decongestant. Pineapple juice is less expensive, it not only tastes better but is also healthier and doesn’t bear any side effects.

Drinking pineapple juice helps in soothing a sore throat and helps the body to easily expel mucus(2). Thick and stubborn mucus in your lungs or sinuses is the major reason for spasms of coughing, sneezing and painful infections. All these symptoms are effectively treated by drinking pineapple juice.

Research tells that the raw extracts of pineapple decrease mucus 5 times faster than ‘over the counter’ cough syrups and the recovery time is more than 4 times faster. It also proves to be a very effective cough remedy for children.

It is better to prepare your own pineapple juice than buying it in a store as store-bought pineapple juice may contain added sugars and high fructose corn syrup. The best option can be to extract fresh juice from pineapple.

[Read: Benefits of Pineapple Juice]

Pineapple Juice Cough Recipes to Try at Home

Recipe – 1

This is a traditional remedy that is anti-inflammatory which expels mucus and soothes the throat very effectively.

Ingredients:

  • A cup of pineapple juice
  • Ginger
  • Honey
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt

Procedure:

  1. In a blender, add a cup of pineapple juice, preferably fresh/organic. To this add, 1 tablespoon of minced or chopped ginger.
    Add a quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and then honey as per your taste.
  2. Finally, add in some salt and blend this solution well for the next 2-3 minutes. It is recommended that you blend until you attain that smoothie consistency.

How Often:

Drink 1/4 cup up to three times per day.

[Read: Benefits of Ginger for Cough]

Recipe – 2

This is another traditional cough remedy where ginger and cayenne pepper are not used.

Procedure:

Take 1 cup pineapple juice and mix 1 pinch of salt, 1 pinch of black pepper, 1 1/2 tablespoon honey to it. Mix well to an even consistency.

How Many Times:

Drink 1/4 cup up to three times per day.

Recipe – 3 (Strawberry Pineapple Popsicles)

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Popsicles can help soothe the throat. They are easy to make, and strawberries are packed with immune-boosting vitamin C. It makes a refreshing treat for adults and children alike.

Procedure:

Take 3/4 cup pineapple juice and add 2 cups chopped strawberries to it. Add 1 cup pineapple chunks to this mixture and mix well. Pour this mixture into popsicle molds and let it freeze for at least 3 hours so that it becomes solid.

How Many Times:

You can relish on these popsicles 2 times a day which boosts the immune system.

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Recipe – 4

This happens to be one of the easiest and probably one of the best ways to ingest pineapple juice.

Procedure:

Take 1 cup pineapple juice and add 1 pinch of salt, 1 pinch of black pepper powder and 11/2 tablespoon of honey to it. Mix well till the honey dissolves in the juice.

How Many Times:

Drink 1/4 cup up to three times per day.

[Read: Health Benefits Of Honey]

Nutritional Value of Pineapple Juice and Other benefits

High Vitamin C: Helps boost the immune system and eyesight
Fiber: Helps in digestion
Manganese:  Prevents damage to the cells and anti-aging agent
Bromelain:  Anti-inflammatory agent
Beta Carotene, Zinc, Copper and Folate:  Fertility boosters

Using Pineapple for cough treatment is an effective remedy. It also offers other health benefits. The anti-inflammatory properties of pineapple treat the issue of swelling caused by sports injuries and osteoarthritis.

The bromelain in it is an anti-cancer agent. The vitamin C in pineapples prevent heart diseases and cataracts.

Pineapple Juice cannot only treat cough but also has many other health benefits. All the remedies mentioned above offer a soothing effect on the throat, reduce mucus and provide great relief from cough.

Apart from using the above remedies, ensure that you drink around 8 glasses of water every day to loosen and expel the mucus faster.


FAQ

1. Which other fruit juice is good for cough and cold?

There are several juices that tend to provide relief from cold and cough like pineapple. These are orange juice, as it contains high amounts of vitamin C, it is good for expelling the mucus from the orifice and to shorten the duration of the cold. Alternatively, you could also try apple juice as well.

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