Herb Pineapple - Ananas Comosus, Pineapple Benefits, Uses of Pineapple

Pineapple, Ananas Comosus, herb

Ananas comosus (A. sativus) Bromeliaceae

Native to South America, the pineapple is a perennial with a large stem that can grow to 1m in height. Its fleshy, spiny leaves are shaped like spearheads. The flowers form a dense spike on the top if the stem. The fruit, topped by a crown if leaves, is made up if yellow or reddish yellow berries, which seem welded to one another.

Parts used

  • Ripe and unripe fruit and stem
  • The best way of consuming pineapple is to eat the ripe raw fruit or to drink its juice.
  • The stems are collected after the fruit is harvested.
  • The fruit is also dried for use as a powder or extract in capsules.


The fruit and the stem contain an enzyme called bromelain, which is proteolytic (it breaks down proteins). The fruit is also a source of vitamins A and C.

Medicinal uses

Bromelain is the key to pineapple medicinal uses. This enzyme breaks down proteins and also has anti inflammatory and healing properties.It is prescribed for the treatment of swelling following injury or surgery.

Research published in 1986 suggests that bromelain works by inhibiting the synthesis of inflammatory mediators as well as inhibiting platelet aggregation. Separate research performed in Germanyin 1999 validates this antiplatelet activity, indicating its use in the treatment of thrombosis.

The unripe fruit stimulates the appetite and is an effective treatment for indigestion. The ripe fruit reduces stomach acidity and flatulence. The fibre content stimulates bowel movements, while the leaves are believed to be beneficial in the treatment of late or absent periods and period pain.


Pineapple fruit and juice normally cause no side effects but should not be given to children under six years old, as bromelain can irritate the digestive mucous membranes.

Excessive pineapple intake can cause stomach ache, diarrhoea and allergic reactions.
Drinking large quantities of pineapple juice may induce uterine contractions in pregnant women.

Pineapple should not be used while taking anticoagulants and may enhance the effects of some drugs. Check first with a medical herbalist.


For internal use

TO TREAT indigestion CAPSULES (SOOmg powder) Take 2 capsules in the morning and 2 in the evening with water. PURE JUICE Drink 1 glass a day.



Pineapple is suited to tropical environments and grows well in heated, temperature-controlled greenhouses.


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