Bad cough this winter? Reach for pineapple, says our health and well-being expert Denise Kelly

Cough Cure

Got a bad cough this winter… reach for the pineapple! Coughs and colds are everywhere this time of year, and it can just be a real annoyance if you can’t quite shift that cough after a few weeks.

Maybe you have tried over the counter cough remedies and its just not helping?

Pineapple is probably not your first go to for a cough remedy, but it contains a substance called bromelain. There’s evidence to suggest that bromelain, an enzyme found in the stem and fruit of pineapples, can help suppress coughs as well as loosen the mucas in your throat.

To enjoy the most benefits of pineapple and bromelain, eat a slice of pineapple or drink 3.5 ounces of fresh pineapple juice three times a day.


There are also claims that it can help relieve sinusitis and allergy-based sinus issues, which can contribute to coughs and mucus. It’s also used to treat inflammation and swelling too, which could be the key factor in why this tropical fruit is so helpful in aiding your winter cough.

I always try to advocate in season fruit and vegetables, but in this case maybe a summer-associated fruit has got to be worth a try. It does however, have other benefits that may well enhance your wellbeing, as well as being extremely helpful for your cough.

Pineapple can help banish the tummy bloat, and could help you burn a few extra calories. It can also help boost the immune system as it contains Vitamin C, Manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, B6, Beta carotene and is a great anti-oxidant.

Why not give it a try to see if it works.

About the Author

Denise Kelly
Denise is an experienced nutritionist, writes columns and articles for corporate companies and news outlets, such as Chichester.News, delivers health seminars all over the world and runs two busy health clinics, one in Chichester, and one in Harley Street London.