12 Health Benefits of Pears

Health Benefits of PearsAbout Pears

The pears belongs to the family Rosaceae, genus Pyrus.The pomaceous fruits of their trees are also called pears. Interestingly, their skins are up to at least three to four times as many phenolic phytonutrients as the fleshy parts of the fruits.

Health Benefit 1:  Lowers Blood pressure

The anti-oxidant and glutathione, an anti-carcinogen in pears aid in reducing blood pressure as well as lowering risk of stroke.

Health Benefit 2: Anti-Cancer

Pears contain copper and abundant vitamin C is anti-oxidants which safeguard the cells in the body from the damaging effects of free radicals.

Health Benefit 3: Lowers Cholesterol Levels

Pectin, a natural, jelling ingredient obtained from apple and citrus fruits like pears) aids in reducing cholesterol in the blood vessels. The fiber in pears bind bile salts which, incidentally is made from cholesterol—and eliminates them out of the body. It has been found through research that pears have the ability to lower reduce risk of stroke by 50 percent.

Health Benefit 4: Promotes Colon Health

Pears contain a great deal of fiber which is useful for colon health. Apart from this, they reduce the risk of contracting colon cancer. An average pear delivers around 2.2 grams of insoluble fiber and approximately 3.3 grams of soluble fiber. In short 5.5 grams of pear fiber will supply you with 14 to 26 percent of the recommended daily allowance.

Health Benefit 5: Relieves Constipation

Pears are excellent fruits for people with constipation. The aforementioned pectin in them contains mild laxative properties as well as diuretic, hence promotes proper bowel movements.

Health Benefit 6: Energy Powerhouse

The high amounts of fructose and glucose in pears makes them a great source of energy.

Health Benefit 7: Relief from Fever

Pears have a cooling property in them, hence ideal for combating fever. A glass of pear juice is all you need to drive away fever from the body.

Health Benefit 8: Wards off Osteoporosis

Thanks to the high amounts of boron in pears, calcium levels are kept at desirable levels in the body, hence preventing onset of osteoporosis. This debilitating condition is marked by bone fragility and loss of bone density owing to diminished calcium levels in the bones. Become fragile and more likely to fracture. Usually the bone loses density, which measures the amount.

Health Benefit 9: Minimizes Defective Births

Some congenital birth defects are caused by lack of folic acid in pregnant women’s diets. Pears are rich in folate folic acid or folate, hence preventing neural tube defects during pregnancy.

Health Benefit 10: Respiratory Health

Pears promote a healthy respiratory system especially in children by clearing phlegm that is responsible for shortness in breath common in these young ones.

Health benefit 11:  Hypoallergenic Properties

There are unlikely to be allergic reactions when pears are consumed. As a result, pears are considered hypoallergenic, that is, safe for consumption even for children as they cause no allergies.

Health benefit 12:Anti-Diabetes

Pears score low Glycemic index (GI), delivering only 26grams of carbohydrates into the bloodstream per annum. This is a safe amount of sugar which cannot cause a surge in blood sugar at any given time. What is more, you can get a sweet tooth eating them without worrying about shooting levels of sugar into the blood, a precursor to diabetes.

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