Winter is just around the corner, and it won’t be long before the problems of the season are upon you. Seasonal coughs and colds are some of the most annoying aspects of the colder weather, but they aren’t always cured with over-the-counter medicines that have artificial chemicals and risky side effects. That’s why it’s a better idea to use natural methods of healing when it comes to seasonal conditions.
You probably have a whole host of natural remedies sitting in your kitchen at this very moment. One of the most efficient remedies against a winter cold and cough is pineapple juice primarily due to its ability to help sooth soreness in the throat.
Why Pineapple Juice?
In 2010 a group of Indian researchers discovered just a few years ago that pineapple juice was an effective treatment for tuberculosis when mixed with salt, pepper, and raw honey. The concoction has the ability to soothe a sore throat while simultaneously dissolving mucus. The mixture is able to offer recovery from cold and cough symptoms up to 5 times faster than mass-produced cough syrups bought over the counter.
The main component of pineapple juice that operates as the active ingredient is an enzyme called bromelain. It functions as an antioxidant, helps decrease swelling, and kills bacteria. Pineapple juice in its raw form also provides half of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C, which is critical for fighting against seasonal throat and sinus conditions.
Other nutrients found in pineapple juice include thiamin, riboflavin, vitamins A and B6, folate, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. Every one of these nutrients is vital for optimal health.
How to create this pineapple-based cough remedy
This cough remedy is very simple to make at home by combining the following ingredients in a blender and drinking a quarter cup, three times a day:
– 1 cup pineapple juice
– 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
– 1 piece of ginger (approximately 3 inches)
– 1 tablespoon raw, organic honey
– 1 pinch of salt
– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Combine all ingredients together and process in a blender. The remedy can be used up to three times a day to help counteract a cough.
In short, cough remedies with pineapple juice – or even pineapple juice on its own – are a great way to treat a cough naturally due to the presence of powerful antioxidants like bromelain as well as other vitamins and minerals which support the body’s immune system while it is fighting off an illness.