Tuesday, August 25, 2009 Kays Rhue-MA, Community Member, asks

Q: Can pineapple cravings be an indicator?

Hi, I just wanted to tell my interesting little story. About 8 weeks ago i started with the symptoms/flare, joint pain, fatigue, etc. at the same time my new found favorite food came about..Pineapple. honestly have never craved it before all of a sudden one day had to have it, and it is to the point i will go out of my way to go to the store to buy it..how strange is that. What is more interesting is my craving lesd me to google it and lead me to this wbsite about RA which i have only been told yesterday that it might be what i have been suffering.

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Lene Andersen, Health Guide
8/30/09 1:36pm

I got pineapple cravings when I was on methotrexate (and now as well, even though I'm on Humira).  in my case, it was related to the sinus problems that often are side effect of  immunosuppressants. Not only does pineapple contain a lot of vitamin C, but it also has an anti-inflammatory enzyme and this might be why your body is asking for pineapple.  once you start treatment, you may want to continue eating pineapple or drinking pineapple juice to help stay ahead of the potential sinus infections (more on managing side effects, click here).

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l3true2u, Community Member
8/26/09 1:44am

That is werid, around the same time i was going through the symptoms... i was really wanting pineapple too. yet just pure pineapple juice would make me sick. Maybe there is some connection. kinda werid

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kmking_93, Community Member
3/ 8/13 12:05am

did you ever figure out why??

i am 19 years old not pregnant and craving pineapples so much!! i ate a whole one in 1 day. i have also been tired swollen joints and i have also had liver pain. i am going to go to the doctor but couldnt get in for a while. i was just wondering what you have found out??

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By Kays Rhue-MA, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/08/13, First Published: 08/25/09