In one case study, with a mixture of raw pineapple juice, raw honey, cayenne pepper and salt helped dissolve mucus in the lungs of patients with tuberculosis. In other instances, studies showed that the raw extracts from pineapple had the ability to dissolve mucus up to 5x faster then regular over-the-counter cough syrups. With the recovery time being 4x quicker.
So why does this tropical fruit have the impact that it does? The fruit contains bromelain, which is an enzyme responsible for fighting inflammation and helping in digestion. Along with the fact that it also has a great deal of manganese, which aids in the formation of connective tissue and improving nerve function. Knowing that makes it easy to see how it helps fight coughs and fight mucus build-up in the lungs.
Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C which fights free radicals and allows airways to function more effectively. Pineapple has many other health benefits as it has shown to provide arthritis relief, help combat cancers of the breast, throat and mouth, and manage blood pressure.
All Natural DIY Pineapple Cough Syrup
What You Will Need
- 2 thick slices of fresh pineapple, peel removed, but core intact (about two good cups)
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (omit or reduce for children)
- a thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced or rough chopped
- juice of 1 lemon
Give the pineapple a rough chop, including the core, which is not only edible but particularly healthy.
Blend everything up in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Use as is, or push the mixture through a mesh strainer to get a smoother syrup.
Keep in the refrigerator and take as needed.
Do not give anything with honey to children under 1 year old. If you have a persistent cough, seek medical attention.