Can eating pineapples help decrease knee pain? It seems that it does.
I read in an article in the January 2011 issue of Reader’s Digest Asia that pineapples contain bromelain, which is an enzyme that “causes the body to produce substances that fights pain, swelling and inflammation… (and that they) may be a possible alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen).”
So after a run, eat some pineapples! I think it’s a great post-workout snack. Aside from bromelain, it also contains vitamin C (helps in muscle repair), electrolytes (such as calcium and potassium), sugars (replenishes glycogen stores), and fiber (aids in digestion). You just have to eat the core of the pineapple though, as most of the bromelain is contained there and not in the flesh.