Pineapple Really Improves Fertility?

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Pineapple Ananas comosus(scientific name), also known as “Pinya”, is a delicious tropical collective fruit (a cluster of flowers mature into a single mass that produces into a fruit). That’s belongs into one of Bromeliacea family which consist of have one healthy and important compound called bromelain enzyme that was used for medical and culinary purposes.In addition pineapple juice which can be found in tropical countries has many byproducts, have been created through innovation of time from pineapple. It does not only limit its wide array in cuisines but byproduct  from this fruit may include many beverages such as “piñacolada” as one of the main ingredient use in cocktails also vinegar’s and wines. Pineapples is also use as fiber material in  textile manufacturing for Barong Tagalog and Baro’tSaya, commonly known as piña that can be found here at the Philippines.

According to Megan Ware in her written article titled Pineapple Health Benefits, Recipes, Health Risks, that consumption of antioxidant-rich diets have been shown to improve fertility. Since free radicals can damage the reproductive system, foods with high antioxidant activity like pineapples that battle free radicals are recommended for those trying to conceive. The antioxidants in pineapple such as vitamins C, beta-carotene and the vitamins and minerals and copper, zinc and folate have properties that affect both male and female fertility.Moreover, fruits that contain bromelain enzymes like pineapple helps reduces or fight inflammation in the body, including in the uterus. It is also a mild blood thinner which some believe can aid in implantation. But take note that many doctors prescribe baby aspirin, a blood thinner, to help with implantation.  In addition humans implantation is the very early stage of pregnancy at which the product of conception at any point between fertilization and birth adheres to the wall of the uterus.

Another written article from Ashley Bravo entitled Does Pineapple Increase Fertility, tells that the common beliefs of women  regarding  about pineapple is that it helps with the implantation process when in  becoming pregnant. However, there is no scientific proof in this belief. On the other hand, men can also helped in regards to fertility by eating an increased amount of Vitamins C. This has been shown to help with the quality of their sperm and is especially helpful for men who are heavy smokers. While it is best to avoid smoking altogether when you are trying to conceive, adding vitamin C to your diet can help if you continue to do so. In some studies according to pineapple can also help with fertility because it is a common source of pregnancy. Adding it to your diet can help to allow you to lose weight, which can hinder your ability to become pregnant. So, while pineapple doesn’t have any direct ties to fertility, it can definitely be something that will help in a number of other ways.

On the other hand  the truth behind  that eating pineapple gives a great deal of Vitamin C it helps women to become pregnant. Vitamin C helps fight the symptoms like PCOS, (Poly cystic Ovary Syndrome – Symptoms) that one of the common symptoms of this PCOS is having an irregular periods or no periods at all that leads to a difficulty  of getting pregnant, it is because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate.



Mangosteen: “A Fruit of God”

Mangosteen: “A Fruit of God”

Mangosteen from the Latin name “Gracinia mangostana”, is tropical tree that cannot withstand in a very hot nor in a very cold conditions. Mangosteen tree, known as queen of all fruits is an erect tree that is slow growing and bears a dark reddish purple fruit and becomes deep reddish purple once ripe. The fruit has thick rind and white sectioned inner flesh that is juicy. Mangosteen is a dark purple fruit about 2 to 3 inches in diameter – the size of a small peach or apple. Mangosteen is known as Thailand’s national fruit.

According to Jarrett Wrisley, Mangosteen is a tropical fruit that grows in South East Asia, in Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Today a lot of people are suffering from different diseases and still striving to find some remedies to cure. Some of them look for some kind of herbal medicine or fruit that can heal these diseases because they believe that a natural way of curing is more effective compared to medicines that is prescribed by a doctor. A lot of herbs and fruits appeared today that we believed is effective in curing different kind of diseases.

According to Herminia de Guzman-Ladion, R.N., A.R.P.T., P.T.R.P., here are some herbs and fruits that can heal some diseases:

  1. Avocado (Abukado) seed for toothache
  2. Melon Tree (Papaya) seeds for worm infestation
  3. Guava (Bayabas) leaves for swollen gums and mouth inflammation
  4. Life Plant (Kataka-taka) leaves poultice for sprained ankle or wrist
  5. Kamantigui flowers poultice for snake bites
  6. Kakawate (Madre de Cacao) leaves for skin itchiness or allergy, and dermatitis
  7. Mango (Mangga) gum resin or sap for scabies
  8. Garlic (Bawang) cloves for ringworm
  9. Marsh Mint (Herba Buena) leaves for rheumatism
  10. Five-leaved Chaste Tree (Lagundi) leaves for mumps
  11. Sugar Apple (Atis) unripe fruit and seeds for mosquito bites
  12. Melon Tree (Papaya) ripe for indigestion
  13. Balimbing leaves for chicken pox, and many more.

Aside from those experts who have studied and have tested about the effectivity of these herbs and fruits, I also knew a person here in Iloilo who is said to be a faith healer and expert in recommending some kind of herbs and fruits that can heal different kind of diseases.

ImageNorma Tagnawa, born August 24, 1961, lives in barangay Dapdap, Tigbauan, Iloilo, an expert in faith healing. She is well-known to be as an effective faith healer. She is now at her 35th year in the said work. She started healing different kind of diseases when she was seventeen years old. At that very young age, she can already heal a person who is suffering from any kind of diseases. According to her, she healed her daughter that was suffering from a certain disease and her father-in-law who has a heart disease.

When her father-in-law was suffering from heart problem, she find some ways on how to cure that illness. She kept on praying and praying and asking help from God on how she could help her father-in-law. The prayers guided her, to find some kind of herb that is said to be good in heart ailment. She tried looked for it and experimented if it was effective or not. After that, she was surprised that her father-in-law was slowly recovering from his illness after he took that kind of medicine. She also wondered to herself if how did those things happened. After a week, a lot of people were visiting her after they knew that she can already heal. At first, she doubted her capacity to become a faith healer and denying to people that she was not that expert in healing those kind of diseases. But she found herself already helping those people who came to their house and who asked help from her to cure their disease. After how many weeks, she became popular in their barangay as a good and effective faith healer. According to her, praying is her way in healing people because prayers helped her to find some fruits and herbs that can cure a certain disease. As time passed by, she became popular as a faith healer and healed thousands of people. Because of that gift, she reached different places to heal different people like in Iloilo, Guimaras, Bacolod, Palawan, Manila, and places in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Even some people who lives in other countries like Cyprus, Florida, Canada, California and Singapore. Her popularity in healing different diseases reached in different countries. She became popular in her field of endeavor.

According to her, there are a lot of herbs and fruits that can cure different kinds of diseases. But, she discovered a kind of fruit that is unlike any other, she called it a “super fruit” or the “queen of all fruits”. This is the “Fruit of God” called as mangosteen or  “miagos”.


That was year 2000, when she tried to use mangosteen in healing kidney trouble. She used a mangosteen root to make a tea. After 13 years of using mangosteen as a medicine, she discovered that this is very useful because of its healing power to cure different kinds of illnesses. And she already proved that this kind of fruit can cure diseases like malaria, kidney trouble, cancer, ulcer, diabetes, diarrhea, and heart disease. Other health benefits of mangosteen can be found in the bark, leaves, fruit or rind. Here in Iloilo, mangosteen tree can be found in Igcocolo, Guimbal.

How to make a mangosteen tea?

Mangosteen tea is made from the roots, bark, leaves, fruit or rind. Any part of this can be stepped out in hot water overnight and can be drunk as a tea.

What are the mangosteen tea benefits?

Mangosteen tea can strengthen the body to prevent diseases and can also be used to treat diseases such as infection, reduce fevers, boost immune system, cure malaria, kidney trouble, cancer, ulcer, diabetes, and heart diseases.

Here are some of the scientifically proven benefits of the Mangosteen Fruit.

The information below is referenced by Dr. J.F. Templeman, M.D. and the ethnobotanical database of America’s foremost ethnobotanist, Dr. James Duke, who worked with The University of Maryland and the USDA.

  1. Anti-fatigue
  2. Anti-inflammatory – prevents inflammation
  3. Analgesic – prevents pain
  4. Anti-ulcer – prevents stomach, mouth and bowel ulcers
  5. Anti-depressant
  6. Anxyolytic – anti-anxiety effect
  7. Anti-Alzheimerian – helps prevent dementia
  8. Anti-tumor and cancer prevention – multiple categories cited
  9. Immunomodulator – multiple categories cited
  10. Anti-aging
  11. Anti-oxidant
  12. Anti-viral – prevent/modulate viral infection
  13. Anti-biotic – prevents or modulates bacterial infections
  14. Anti-fungal – prevents or modulates fungal infection
  15. Anti-seborrheaic – prevents seborrhea, eg. dandruff, etc
  16. Anti-lipidemic – blood fat lowering
  17. Anti-atherosclerotic – prevents hardening of the arteries
  18. Cardioprotective – protects the heart
  19. Hypotensive – blood pressure lowering
  20. Hypoglycemic -anti-diabetic effect
  21. Anti-obesity – helps with weight loss
  22. Anti-arthritic – prevention of arthritis
  23. Anti-osteoporosis
  24. Anti-periodontic – prevents gum disease
  25. Anti-allergenic – prevents allergic reaction
  26. Anti-calculitic – prevents kidney stones
  27. Anti-pyretic – fever lowering
  28. Anti-Parkinso
  29. Anti-diarrheal
  30. Anti-neuralgic – reduces nerve pain, eg. diabetic neuropathy, etc.
  31. Anti-vertigo – prevents dizziness
  32. Anti-glaucomic – prevents glaucoma
  33. Anti-cataract – prevents cataracts

Here are some interesting facts about mangosteen:

  • The French explorer Laurenties Garcin gave Mangosteen its name, Garncinia mangostana
  • Is chock-full of anti-oxidants
  • Are anti-inflammatory that also fights viruses, bacteria, tumors, old age, allergies, and lethargy
  • Is Thailand’s National Fruit
  • Is so highly acclaimed that many people around the world believe that it is the best tasting fruit
  • It takes up to ten years of cultivation before a Mangosteen tree can bare fruit
  • The mangosteen tree produces fruit twice a year
  • Is the fruit of an evergreen tree
  • Trees grow between 20 to 80 feet in some areas
  • In addition to mangosteen being called the “Queen of all fruits,” it is also referred to as “The food of the gods”
  • The exocarp or rind becomes deep reddish purple once ripe
  • Mangosteen trees are “dioecius,” meaning that there are both male and female trees
  • If you turn a Mangosteen upside-down and count its “petals,” it will give you the exact number of fruit segments or “slices you will have upon opening it

And here’s what Alex Royter, recently had to say about mangosteen fruit:

The rind is where most of the beneficial nutrients are found, and the white pulp is often enjoyed as a dessert in Southeast Asia.

The antioxidant levels found in mangosteen are through the roof, which are found in the mangosteen’s pericarp, or skin.

The xanthones in mangosteen can help slow signs of aging, combat degenerative diseases, and reduce mental and physical deterioration in the body. Rich in essential vitamins and minerals, the mangosteen fights inflammation, fatigue, and obesity. Research shows that the mangosteen can boost the immune system, elevate mood, reduce vertigo, promote healthy teeth and gums, and heal weakened joints.

While much research is still being conducted, some of the possible health benefits of mangosteen may include:

May be helpful in healing damaged cells, very high in antioxidants (high ORAC rating), may be effective in improving cardiovascular health, may help to slow signs of aging, may be useful in combatting degenerative diseases, may help to fight fungus and parasites, may be effective in neutralizing free radicals, may help to reduce mental and physical deterioration, rich in essential vitamins and minerals, may help to stimulate red blood cell growth, may be useful for increasing mental energy, focus, and attention span, studies have shown that it contains compounds that may have anti-inflammatory properties, helps to maintain proper intestinal health, may be useful in increasing longevity, may help to reduces fatigue, may be an effective immune system booster, used traditionally to help fight obesity, may help reduce allergy symptoms, may be useful in elevating mood, and may help to promote healthy teeth and gum.


De Guzman-Ladion, H., R.N., A.R.P.T., P.T.R.P., (1985), “Healing

     Wonders of Herbs”, Philippine Publishing House, Manila, Philippines