Back pain is a common condition that affects around 80 per cent of all people during their lifetime.

It could be caused by sleeping in the wrong position, having a bad posture, or even by a small injury, said the NHS.

Most of the time, back pain isn’t something to worry about, and will get better by itself within a few weeks or months.

But, you could speed up the process by adding more pineapple to your diet, it’s been claimed.

Pineapple could help to get rid of lower backache symptoms as it contains the enzyme bromelain, said physician Dr Joseph Mercola.

Bromelain is an enzyme that naturally reduces inflammation – one of the key causes of back pain.

You could take bromelain as a supplement, or simply add more pineapple to your diet, said Mercola.

“Back pain is a common health issue today that affects at least eight out of 10 people,” he said.

“If you are already suffering from chronic back pain or pain of any kind, you should understand that there are many safe and effective alternatives to prescription and over-the-counter painkillers.

“Bromelain – found in pineapples, this protein-digesting enzyme is a natural anti-inflammatory.

“Bromelain can be used in supplement form, but eating fresh pineapple may also be helpful.

“Most of the bromelain is found within the pineapple’s core, so make sure you leave a little of the pulpy core intact when you eat the fruit.”

Bromelain isn’t found in such significant quantities in other fruits, nutritionists have said.

Try juicing the core of the pineapple to get the best benefits. Around 110ml of pineapple core juice should help to reduce pain.

The enzyme could also help to prevent digestive disorders, allergies, and even some cancers, it’s been claimed.

Lower back pain is the most common type of back pain to be diagnosed in the UK, said the NHS.

To avoid pain, try taking anti-inflammatory painkillers, it said.

Keeping active and exercising is one of the most important things you can do to avoid back pain from getting worse.

Speak to a GP if you have back pain and a numbness around the genitals, as it could be a sign of something more serious.

A swelling in the back, difficulty passing urine, or chest pain should also been seen by a doctor if it’s accompanied by back pain.


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