Pineapples (ananas comosus) are classified as berries. They are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B-6, manganese and copper. They also contain a digestive enzyme, bromelain, that has anti-inflammatory properties.
Most research involving pineapples focuses on the digestive enzyme bromelain. Bromelain's properties include:
- Enhanced absorption of medications (namely amoxicillin)
- Anti-inflammatory action
- Inhibits/interfers with the growth of malignant cells and tumors
- Inhibits platelet aggregation (clumping/clotting of platelets)