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What makes the pineapple an exceptional tropical fruit is its enzyme, "bromelain". This enzyme helps in the breakdown and digestion of essential proteins for easy assimilation by the body, much like the stomach's own gastric juices. It also relieves gastrointestinal discomforts, diarrhea, and lack of appetite.

Aside from the digestive enzyme, pineapple contains essential vitamins and minerals: vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and citric acid. Together they become a potent natural remedy for cramps, arthritis, tendinitis, and other joint and muscle pains. Pineapple is also known to lower fevers and flush toxins from the body because of its diuretic and perspiration-inducing properties.

Pineapple also contains alpha-hydroxy acids that help in reducing facial wrinkles and exfoliating dead skin cells. It's often added to mixtures used as facial masks.

But because of the natural acids in pineapple, too much exposure can also be harmful. The corrosive effects of eating too much pineapple will be evident in cases of tooth cavities and gingivitis. Therefore, it is wise to rinse your mouth or brush your teeth after eating the fruit.

Here are some ways to use pineapple as a natural remedy:

To reduce fever, relieve digestive discomfort and joint pains, and for overall health: Drink 3 ounces of pineapple juice three times a day, or eat a slice of pineapple with every meal.

To exfoliate dry skin, calluses, and corns: Mash a slice of pineapple and apply it to the rough skin. Leave it on for about an hour then rinse and gently scrub the dead skin off. Repeat daily as necessary.