They are tropical and pokey and sweet and juicy… they are full of sunshine color and fun to eat and NOT fun to peel! What do we speak of? The PINEAPPLE of course!! B-LINE natural energy has added to our family a pineapple ginger delight for athletes! Why did we add such a delectable delight you ask? Welp, it is because we care about our athletic peeps and their post workout recovery!
There are so many things that I learn while researching all the pieces, parts and ingredients of B-LINE natural energy and pineapple has been no different. For instance, Pineapple is a great source of Vitamin C. This fact may not be a great surprise, but what I found interesting is that Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is not just good for staving off the common cold by boosting the immune system, but Vitamin C also helps repair and maintain cartilage and bone (which is a huge benefit to athletes). The Vitamin C in pineapple also promotes healthy inflammation response and has been also referred to as an “anti-inflammatory” which, post work out, can help with muscle and joint soreness. Amazingly Vitamin C also improves the body’s response to stressful environments. This may seem insignificant, but keeping the stress hormone levels stable with the food we eat can assist in preventing autoimmune and respiratory diseases- keeping the athlete on top of their game for longer! An additional property of Vitamin C in pineapple for athletes is the promotion of tissue growth and healing (especially when paired with protein and HEY! we did that too).
For an athlete, a pineapple can provide 22 grams of good complex carbohydrates for quick and healthy energy to re-fuel after a workout. Bromelain (an enzyme specific to the pineapple) reduces strains, sprains, joint pain and inflammation that is essential in post workout recovery. The sweet, bright fruit of pineapple also contains small amounts of several other nutrients including vitamin A and K, a variety of B vitamins (that help with blood flow), calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus potassium and copper, and don’t forget those carbs for energy. An additional piece of the pineapple puzzle, bringing home the general health and wellbeing benefits, is that it also contains Choline, an essential nutrient that positively affects your brain development and weight loss!
To an athlete, pineapple provides mega benefits, but I would imagine, not so convenient to carry fresh pineapple in your shorts on a run (ouch, pokey as previously mentioned), pineapple chucks in your jersey on a ride or, pineapple juice in your speedo while swimming, so, we have come full circle. I am confident that you now understand why B-LINE natural energy has added Pineapple (along with Ginger, Honey, Maple and Rice Protein) to our Re-FUEL family. Pineapple is only one of the five ingredients and it packs a POWERHOUSE of benefits for the athlete post workout … imagine what the combination of all five ingredients can do!