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Today, we’d impress our party guests with a renovated kitchen or a new hot tub. In the 17th century, the impressive party item was a pineapple.
Little did the European elite realize, however, that the clever, spiky fruit that drew so much envy actually contains powerful mood-boosting qualities.
So what does it take for a fruit to lift your spirits?
In the simplest terms, citrus fruits provide amazing aroma therapy even before that tangy-sweet flavor touches your tongue. A pleasant scent (just like soothing music or a glorious sunset) can refresh and renew our minds in the most natural, organic way.
Further, citrus fruits contain high quantities of Vitamin C, with pineapple containing one of the highest quantities. With Vitamin C in your system, your body is able to absorb iron much more efficiently. Low iron levels can cause fatigue which likewise can lead to irritability, frustration, and increased levels of stress. Popping some pineapple in your mouth won’t necessarily make your job any easier the next day, but it can definitely provide your body with a solid line of defense to support your mental well-being.
Move Over Turkey - Chill Out with Party Pineapple
Likewise, pineapple contains the amino acid tryptophan, the same amino acid found in foods like turkey and chicken. In large quantities, tryptophan induces sleepiness (often associated with a post-Thanksgiving meal) and can also boost levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that, when released, increases feelings of happiness and pleasure. One cup of fresh pineapple contains a robust 10mg of tryptophan, which is why health experts frequently recommend pineapple as a means to manage anxiety and depression.
Thanks to the art of fruit dehydration, it can be so easy to have a pack of pineapple pieces sitting next to your keyboard, minus the sticky juice. If you’re looking for a slight tweak to your routine, a simple change that can generate long-term benefit, why not try some Party Pineapple?