Bromelia pinguin Health effects and herbal facts

Known as
pinguin wild pine

Bromelia pinguin, or penguin, is a species of the genus Bromelia. This species is native to Central America, Mexico, the West Indies and northern South America. It is also reportedly naturalized in Florida. It is very common in Jamaica, where it is planted as a fence around pasture lands, on account of its prickly leaves. The fruit, known as piñuela is dug out, protective "hair" removed, peeled like a banana, and eaten. They are slightly tart with a crunch from the seeds. The plant can be stripped of its pulp, soaked in water, and beaten with a wooden mallet, and it yields a fiber whence thread is made. In countries like El Salvador, it is used to make gruel.

Bromelia pinguin

Medical use

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Geografical distribution

  • NORTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Northern Mexico: Mexico - San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas
    • Southern Mexico: Mexico - Chiapas, Colima, Guerrero, Jalisco, Michoacan, Nayarit, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Veracruz, Yucatan
  • SOUTHERN AMERICA
    Native
    • Caribbean: Dominican Republic; Jamaica; Martinique; Puerto Rico
    • Mesoamerica: Belize; Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala ; Panama
    • Northern South America: Suriname; Venezuela
    • Western South America: Colombia; Ecuador

Biological activities

Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Aldose-Reductase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Allergenic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Analgesic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Angiotensin-Receptor-Blocker
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
AntiAGE
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
AntiCFS
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
AntiCTS
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
AntiLyme
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
AntiPMS
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antiacne
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antiacrodynic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antiaggregant
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiaging
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antiakathisic
Iron found in Shoot (75 ppm)
Antialcoholic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antiallergic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antialzheimeran
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antiamblyopic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antianemic
Iron found in Shoot (75 ppm)
Antianginal
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antianorectic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antianxiety
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antiarabiflavinotic
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Antiarrhythmic
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antiarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antiasthmatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antiatherosclerotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antibackache
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antibacterial
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiberiberi
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Anticancer
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Anticanker
Iron found in Shoot (75 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Anticarcinomic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Anticardiospasmic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Anticarpal-Tunnel
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Anticataract
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Anticephalagic
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Anticervicaldysplasic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Anticheilitic
Iron found in Shoot (75 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Antichilblain
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Anticlimacteric
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Anticold
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Anticolitic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Anticonvulsant
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Anticoronary
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antidecubitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antideliriant
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antidementia
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antidepressant
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antidermatitic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antidiabetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antidyspeptic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antidysphagic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antieczemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiedemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiencephalitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiencephalopathic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antiendometriotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiepileptic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antifatigue
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antifibrotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antigallstone
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antigastritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antigingivitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiglaucomic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiglossitic
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Antihangover
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antiheartburn
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antihemorrhagic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antihepatitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antihepatotoxic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiherpetic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antihistaminic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antihyperactivity
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antihyperkeratotic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antihyperkinetic
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antihypertensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Antiichythyotic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antiinfertility
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiinflammatory
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiinsomniac
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antiinsomnic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antikeratitic
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Antilepric
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antileukoplakic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antilipoperoxidant
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antilithic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antilupus
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antimaculitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antimastitic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antimeasles
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antimenopausal
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antimenorrhagic
Iron found in Shoot (75 ppm)
Antimigraine
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antimutagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antimyocarditic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antineuralgic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antineuramidase
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antineurasthenic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antineuritic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antineuropathic
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antinitrosic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiobesity
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Antiorchitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiosteoarthritic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiosteoporotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Shoot (5000 ppm)
Antioxidant
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Antiozenic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antipapillomic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antiparkinsonian
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antiparotitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antipellagric
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Antiperiodontitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antiphotophobic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Antipityriasic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antipneumonic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antipodriac
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antipoliomyelitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Antiporphyric
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antiproliferant
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antipsoriac
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antipyretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiradicular
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Antiretinotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antirheumatic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antirhinitic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiscorbutic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antiscotomic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antiseptic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antishingles
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antispasmodic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antistress
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antisyndrome-X
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antitic
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Antitumor
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Antiulcer
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Antivertigo
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Antiviral
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Antixerophthalmic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Anxiolytic
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Shoot (5000 ppm)
Apoptotic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Asthma-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-Blocker
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Beta-Glucuronidase-Inhibitor
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
COX-1-Inhibitor
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
COX-2-Inhibitor
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Calcium-Antagonist
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium-Channel-Blocker
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Cancer-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Riboflavin found in Shoot (9 ppm)
Cardioprotective
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Chemopreventive
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Circulotonic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Cold-preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Collagenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Colorant
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Detoxicant
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Diuretic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Fibrinolytic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Fistula-Preventive
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Gastroprotective
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Hepatoprotective
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Hepatotoxic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Hypocholesterolemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Hypoglycemic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Hypolipidemic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Hypotensive
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Hypouricemic
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Immunomodulator
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Immunostimulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Phosphorus found in Shoot (5000 ppm)
Insectifuge
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Interferon-Synergist
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Interferonogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Laxative
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Lithogenic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Mucogenic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Mucolytic
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Neuroprotective
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Osteogenic
Phosphorus found in Shoot (5000 ppm)
Parasiticide
Pinguinain found in Fruit
Pesticide
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Pinguinain found in Fruit
Thiamin found in Shoot (3.8 ppm)
Phagocytotic
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Prooxidant
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Iron found in Shoot (75 ppm)
Proteolytic
Pinguinain found in Fruit
Sedative
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Serotoninergic
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Thymoprotective
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Tranquilizer
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Ubiquiot
Beta-carotene found in Shoot (1.7 ppm)
Uricosuric
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Urinary-Acidulant
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Vasodilator
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)
Calcium found in Shoot (15800 ppm)
Fiber found in Shoot (90000 ppm)
Niacin found in Shoot (57 ppm)
Vulnerary
Ascorbic-acid found in Shoot (3430 ppm)

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Chemicals detected

Chemical Plant part Low ppm High ppm
7,8-dihydroxy-15-pimaren-3-one Plant
Ascorbic-acid Shoot 192 3,430
Ash Shoot 10,700 138,000
Beta-carotene Shoot 0 1.7
Calcium Shoot 1,070 15,800
Carbohydrates Leaf 57,000 713,000
Fat Shoot 1,700 40,000
Fiber Shoot 4,000 90,000
Iron Shoot 3 75
Kilocalories Leaf 3,130
Niacin Shoot 4 57
Nitrogen Shoot 1,410 35,800
Phosphorus Shoot 225 5,000
Pinguinain Fruit
Protein Leaf 9,000 113,000
Riboflavin Shoot 0.4 9
Thiamin Shoot 0.2 3.8
Water Shoot 916,000 925,000
Reference: Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases. [Online Database]