Ten years ago, an electronic journal Der Pharma Chemica published an article with a positive outlook for pineapple. Apparently, this tropical fruit may be very effective to treat coughs. Afterwards, many health sites started to affirm the effectiveness of pineapple and also that it may work up to 5 times better than a cough syrup. But, the problem is that there is not any scientific evidence that validates this claim. The publication of the article has provoked many pro and con voices. Overall, eating pineapple or drinking pineapple juice has some benefits for the body.
So, let’s have a look at the origin of this positive claim about pineapple as a possible cough treatment. Der Pharma Chemica did a study in 2010, called the “Use of Secondary Metabolite in Tuberculosis”. The study was about tuberculosis, effectiveness of drugs and treatments and also about the use of specific plants to deal with this pulmonary disease.
The content of the article focuses mainly on alternative treatments for tuberculosis, not on the efficacy of pineapple as a cough suppressant, anti-viral supplement or cold remedy. It appears that someone may have wrongly interpreted the facts. Yes, this tropical fruit “was extremely helpful in dissolving mucus of the lungs in tuberculosis” according Del Pharma Chemica.
The word pineapple came in the study only one time. Moreover, it was in a context that did not in any way imply that this fruit is five time more effective than syrups for any function related to coughs. “Pineapple juice, pepper and a dash of salt and honey can be administrated to patients once everyday. This is found to be extremely helpful in dissolving mucus of the lungs in tuberculosis” claims the study. But, “extremely helpful” is not a rock science. Clearly, the scientific evidence documenting benefits of pineapple for treating cough is lacking.
However, even without the scientific proof of pineapple’s benefits, it is worth to try to see if it works for reducing mucus. Pineapple is closer to nature than most cough syrups that you can find in pharmacies or health stores. At least, it tastes better, it’s definitely healthier and cheaper.
If something makes pineapple special, it is a digestive enzyme bromalin. Bromalin has strong anti-inflammatory properties which seem to be great for treating different health issues. They are, for example, some respiratory problems such as asthma or joints conditions like arthritis. Therefore, this enzyme contains attributes that may help break and expel mucus. Moreover, it may alleviate sore throat symptoms and help in cold recovering. Cough syrup or pineapple juice? It is always good to give a chance to natural foods. As Hippocrates outlined: “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be the food”.