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Bacteria, viruses, allergens, pollutants and several other allergy-causing agents find their way to our respiratory system through the air we breathe. This often results in a sore throat, followed by a pesky cough.

A dry cough, accompanied by a scratchy throat and dry mouth, can be annoying and take days to go away.  Though there are a number of decongestants available in the market, you can find a natural alternative to treat dry cough in pineapple juice.

Pineapple Juice For Dry Cough
Rich in the enzyme bromelain, pineapple juice can reduce inflammation caused by excessive coughing. [1] Pineapple also contains manganese, which plays an important role in the formation of connective tissue and bones.

A 2010 study found that pineapple juice is about five times more effective in reducing mucus, compared to medical cough suppressants available in the market. [2] The fruit is rich in vitamin C, which is known for its immune-strengthening properties. It can also relieve symptoms of arthritis, regulate blood pressure levels and manage cancer.

Adding honey to pineapple juice further enhances its power, as honey’s anti-inflammatory properties can soothe inflamed airways, thus expelling mucus from the lungs and reducing cough. [4]

How To Use It

  • Juice a pineapple enough to make an 8oz glass. Add 1tsp honey to it. Heat it a little (over low flame) to ensure that the honey is dissolved completely. Have this juice twice a day to reduce cough and ease congestion.
  • To make a stronger cough-suppressing potion, you can add ½tsp grated ginger and cayenne pepper to the above mixture. Have it once a day for greater relief.

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References:
1. Cervo MM, Llido LO, Barrios EB, Panlasigui LN. Effects of canned pineapple consumption on nutritional status, immunomodulation, and physical health of selected school children. J Nutr Metab. 2014;2014:861659. doi:10.1155/2014/861659. Epub 2014 Nov 20. PubMed PMID: 25505983; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4258310.

2. Mitchell AM, Strobel GA, Moore E, Robison R, Sears J. Volatile antimicrobials from Muscodor crispans, a novel endophytic fungus. Microbiology. 2010 Jan;156(Pt 1):270-7. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.032540-0. Epub 2009 Oct 1. PubMed PMID: 19797357.

3. Secor ER Jr, Shah SJ, Guernsey LA, Schramm CM, Thrall RS. Bromelain limits airway inflammation in an ovalbumin-induced murine model of established asthma. Altern Ther Health Med. 2012 Sep-Oct;18(5):9-17. PubMed PMID: 22894886.

4. Cohen HA, Rozen J, Kristal H, Laks Y, Berkovitch M, Uziel Y, Kozer E, Pomeranz A, Efrat H. Effect of honey on nocturnal cough and sleep quality: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. Pediatrics. 2012 Sep;130(3):465-71. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-3075. Epub 2012 Aug 6. PubMed PMID: 22869830.

With a Master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Exeter,UK and a diploma in food science & quality control, Stephlina is intrigued with the intricacies of the human body. She shares a deep interest in human diseases and believes that popping pills is not the only solution to fight an ailment.