Eat This Guilt-Free Bone-Healthy Sweet - Save Our Bones

Its name is an uncharacteristic blend of two languages – Spanish and English. In fact, it was Spain’s Queen Isabella who named it in 1493, after Christopher Columbus brought it from the island of Guadeloupe.

But the crowning glory of the delicious pineapple, a Foundation Food, is its rich content of bone-healthy nutrients, most of which are Foundation Supplements. In fact, I grow my own in a pot in my backyard.

Vitamin C Galore!

One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains more than 100% of the RDA for Vitamin C or ascorbic acid. Among many of its roles, this crucial vitamin and antioxidant is involved in collagen formation that binds the bone matrix cells together by forming hydroxyapatite in bones.

If you have the Osteoporosis Reversal Program you know that the RDA is nowhere near the amount to support your bones. I encourage you to get this crucial vitamin from foods and not only from supplements. So pineapple is a great way to enhance your Vitamin C consumption.

Other Foundation Supplements in Pineapple

  • Manganese, a trace mineral necessary for the synthesis of connective tissue in cartilage and bone.
  • Copper, another trace mineral which is active in an enzyme necessary for the production of collagen and elastin, both connective tissue proteins.
  • Vitamins B6, B1 and folate, all part of the B-complex nutrients that act synergistically with each other, and more importantly, with bone-supporting vitamin B12.

Amazing Anti-Inflammatory and Digestive Properties

Pineapple contains bromelain, a complex enzyme system that breaks down protein, helping with digestion. In therapeutic doses, bromelain helps reduce inflammation, control allergies, speed wound healing of burns, and reduce pain and postoperative swelling. Additionally…

Pineapple Slows Down the Release of Glucose

If you’re worried that the temptingly sweet flavor of pineapple could greatly increase your daily sugar consumption, I have good news for you. Pineapple contains chlorogenic acid (CGA), an antioxidant that slows down the release of glucose into the bloodstream. However, one cup of fresh pineapple has 20g of carbohydrates, of which 14 are sugar, so have it in moderation and select fresh over canned.

How to Pick a Pineapple

When selecting a pineapple, make sure the leaves on top are not browning. Let a green pineapple ripen outside the refrigerator. If you get a yellow pineapple, you can judge it also by its sweet aroma, especially at the stem end. Once you cut it up, store it in the fridge, preferably in an airtight container.

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  1. yolande berk

    I appreciate all that I read here. I am concerned about the advise of my internist to undergo another bone density test after having had one 3 yrs ago. I will not take those phosphate drugs and am also concerned about the radiation received from such procedures. Do I have cause for concern? I would appreciate input. Thank you

  2. Lynette Mayo

    I’m looking into supplements for my bone health. I was disappointed that your supplements contain Magnesium Stearate????

  3. Clorine Jackson

    I have an Oscar Living juicer and I make a drink from half a pineapple, a couple of slices of fresh ginger pushed through the juicer and I add a small can of coconut milk to the drink. It has a punch, wow! But I drink a few mouthfuls throughout the day, and it’s delicious, I love it!

  4. janine jacobson

    Hello Vivian,
    I just want to say thank you for all your good advice.Pineapple seem fantastic, i am looking for a receipe for arthrites and inflamation in my ankel,I walk 220 steps in Santorini(GREECE) a year ago and after i start to have pain in my ankel foot, it went away and now its back, i thought it from drinking semi sweet white wine so i stop and the pain is still there when i walk a lotit get swollen, went for x ray nothing wrong, what can i take?
    in europe they told me a spoon of honey mix with half spoon of cinnamon, in the morning before anything else to mix in hot water, i start it today.
    warm regards
    janine in Johannesburg south africa

  5. Irene

    Thanks alot for your continous advices which really has made me see clearly the motive behind this big pharma and you have helped me to cope up with osteoporosis and may God bless you to have a good heart to help patients.Will you please help me get the encyclopedia of medical breakthrough can i use western union to pay for the order or use another transation without using visa cards.please help i need the book to help my priest who is detolorating badly by diabetes.

  6. Marlene

    I am allergic to pineapple–it gives me hives. So pineapple is not for me. I have heard that oranges are just almost as good because the white membrane material contains vitamin K2 that is a bone strengthener. However, I cannot eat too many oranges because the white tissue gives me a headache. I wonder if any of these symptoms are due to something in my psysiology that contributes to my osteoporosis. The body is a very mysterious place. Perhaps another approach to the study of this disease is allergies and physiology and how they contribute to osteoporosis.

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    Usually I do not learn post on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to take a look at and do it! Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thanks, quite great article.

  8. LynnCS

    Vivian..Thanks again for all the details of what is in a certain fruit/veg. I take a lot of Vit C for it’s natural decongestive properties. It works. So glad to hear that pineapple has so much Vit C and is so good for the bones.

  9. MJH

    Hello Vivienne. Two months ago my orthopedic surgeon tested my vitamin D2 and D3 levels. They were low. He recommended 7,500 ius of D3 daily for 6-9 months plus 2,000 ius of pure ascorbic acid and a pinch of baking soda dissolved in one quart of water, sipped. I have a small crack and labral tear in my hip and osteopenia. Both of my doctors have said I am not a good candidate for surgery. I am 65 years old and female. After two months, my D3 serum level rose to a score of 42, and I do have less pain. My doctor says a D3 score of 50-70 is optimal, and that vitamin D3 has steroidal properties. Do you know of a study that supports this?

    Thank you, MJH

    • LynnCS

      Hi MJH. Thanks for the very informative post. Glad you are doing better. I was wondering if you could say what the soda is for? I know it is used to settle one’s stomach sometimes and that it is alkalizing to the system. Would be interested the reason you were told to take it. I take a lot of C. (ascorbic acid.)Thanks, Lynn

  10. Cora

    Vivian, Please comment on SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth. Couldn’t this be a culprit for osteoporosis rather than the alkaline/acid imbalance?
    If any members of the Save Our Bones community has this underlying problem.. all your wonderful advise for nutrition and suppliments is thwarted. What to do? Thanks.

  11. juliana Tambariki

    Vivian thank you for information and explanation about benefit of pineapple that good for bone. I will follow your instruction. God Bless you for helping and sharing to me the important natural food than supplement.I really appreciate it..

  12. Shula

    Thanks for the Pineapple information. Good to know.

  13. Goldie

    Hi Vivian
    I knew pineapple was a healthy fruit but not as much as this article bring
    to my attention. I will try to include it more often.
    Keep up your very helpful e mails.
    Thanks, Thanks

  14. george

    I have your Osteoporosis Reversal Program book and receive your e-mails. Thanks Vivian.

  15. Gerri D.

    Dear Vivian, I have a skin condition called Acneic Rosacea. The triggers for me are tomatoes, and all acidic fruit and drinks. It’s very disappointing to me not to be able to eat the things I really like, but thank you for the info. Your e-mails are always informative.

  16. nadine

    what is your opinion on those spinal injections for stabilize the spine?

  17. nadine

    My Dr recommends getting the spinal injections to stabilize my spine. Do you have any information for me.

  18. Marged McNeelt

    I never buy on line, looked for telephone # to call
    so could pay by check and nothing. Is there a way
    I can get a phone # or could I order from a bookstore.

  19. Irena

    I am pre-diabetic and can not consume that much sugar,which is in pineapple. I also have Hiatal hernia, which prevents me eating tart fruits.
    I do wish, that I could have pineapple here and there.

  20. H Stone

    A point of clarification: Pineapples never ripen once severed from the plant on which they grew, as such they never ripen wherever they are placed. Ripeness is determined at harvest, the degree of ripeness is usually determined by the grower, if too ripe the fruit spoils quickly as it is prone to bruising.
    A local Queensland pineapple grower informed me that there were two ways of determining the ripeness, the best was to carefully examine the cut stem area at the base of the pineapple the stem area that was most yellow was always the sweetest.
    Similarly the other aspect was the fragrance of the fruit, the one that strongly smelt the nicest most often was riper than a fruit that did not.
    The lower part of the pineapple is always sweeter than the top section.

    • Vivian Goldschmidt, MA

      Thanks for sharing this info!

      • LynnCS

        Yes, thank you Stone. I can’t help but say that my observation and experience is that I have bought some pretty unripe pineapples and watched them yellow and sweeten as I left them on the counter. If they are too soft to ship ripe we would never see a ripe pineapple in the stores. I just don’t want to be misinformed nor do I want any one else to avoid pineapple thinking they won’t ever ripen. Not arguing here, just questioning. Thanks…

  21. Nu Ly

    I can eat small aount of pineapple which is not good for my stomach, I
    prefer oranges. Thank you.

  22. bobby tc chan

    If i’m not mistaken, quite sometime back u mention that yellow golden dry grapes soak in..(?) . I actually forgotten soak with what, can u please give me the concoction again. I really appreciate.

    Please give detail how to prepare. thanks

    • tim dunbar

      i believe you’re referring to gin soaked raisins, supposedly good for arthritis and inflammation..


    can i eat pineapple while taking blood pressure tablets

  24. wilda

    Just be careful with your teeth if eating a lot of pineapple! Not sure how to best protect them, but pineapple does affect the enamel.

    • Jan

      hello, referring to acid damage on teeth from eating pineapple, like when drinking lemon juice with water, you can limit the acid damage by rinsing your mouth and teeth well with water immediately after eating pineapple or any acid fruit.

    • Cora Diamond

      Sensodyne’s Proenamel Toothpaste hardens and protects the teeth from acidic foods.

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