Pears are considered one of autumn’s biggest treasures, being rich in many active substances that our body needs during this period. When it comes to nutritional value, pears contain 80 % water, the remainder fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, B complex vitamins, folic acid, enzymes, antioxidants and minerals such as zinc, sodium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. Needless to say, the phrase “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away”, should be replaced by “a pear a day”.
Some of the greatest benefits of pears are in their peel, so specialists recommend that we eat that as well. So, let’s have a look at some of the most important benefits that arise from including pears in a daily balanced diet.
1. Pears help you lose weight
So tasty and juicy, pears are low in calories and contain quality carbohydrate, making them more than recommended in diets based on fruits. Pears are considered alkaline foods, so they can be consumed in the morning on an empty stomach.
2. Pears fight constipation
Rich in water and fibers, pears can be considered a mild natural laxative. So, pears have a role in combating constipation and detoxify the colon. If you eat them in the morning on an empty stomach, you can say goodbye to constipation.
3. Pears stimulate brain activity
During periods of intellectual strain or fatigue, pears are a good solution for getting more energy and maintaining cerebral tonus. Pears contain high quality carbohydrates with slow absorption, which keep blood sugar levels constant even several hours after ingestion. And since the main “fuel” of the brain is glucose, pears are an excellent source of “healthy sweets”.
4. Pears display anti-inflammatory effects
A glass of pear juice in a blender (to preserve the pulp as well) is recommended for oral diseases and colds (oral thrush, tonsillitis, rhinitis, sore throat, cough and so on). If you want a hot drink, you can boil a few apples to make a compote and add pear juice at room temperature. We recommend that half of the glass contains the hot stewed apples and the other half pear juice. This drink is designed to increase immunity.
Pears are useful in other inflammatory diseases like arthritis, gout, skin diseases, so don’t be afraid to use them as a natural remedy.
5. Pears are good for both male and female genitalia
We told you above that pears should be eaten with the peel as well. This is because the peal contains a very useful substance for genitalia that shows beneficial effects on regulating sex hormones.
6. Pears prevent cancer
Pears contain powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body. Pears also contain fibers which prevent colon cancer. All pears contain hydroxy cinnamic acid, a substance that has been shown to prevent stomach cancer.
7. Pears maintain eye health
Pears, together with carrots, red apples, quinces and other fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene, help maintain eye health, preventing blurred vision, macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. Pears also show improvements in eye sight during the day.
8. Pears are indicated in allergies
Pears are considered a hypoallergenic food, representing a healthy source of vitamins and nutrients for people who suffer from various food allergies. Pears are indicated as a food for babies due to the reduced risk of allergies and high tolerance of the organism to these fruits. Because they have a laxative effect, it is advisable not to eat pears in excessive amounts. Two pears a day are more than sufficient.
9. Pears revitalize the skin
Rich in vitamins, water and minerals, fresh pears used in face masks or body mixtures are designed to restore skin structure, to increase the production of collagen and restore elasticity to skin tissue. You can use pears in homemade face masks or, for example, combined with yogurt to treat sunburn or dry skin areas.
10. Pears rejuvenate skin and prevent wrinkles
By stimulating collagen production, but also due to the high amount of vitamins, pears nourish the skin and prevent wrinkles. A mask with pears and other ingredients chosen considering the skin type is recommended periodically to maintain beauty.
So, did we convince that starting this autumn, you should give pears a chance? Make sure you choose organic pears for added benefits.