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13 Amazing Health Benefits of Pears

Pear is the delicious fruit that grows on the tree of the same name. It belongs to genus Pyrus in the Rosaceae family. It is native to Western Europe and North Africa but is now cultivated in many regions of the world. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins,  minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibers, flavonoids, phytonutrients etc. they provide a number of health benefits, and in this article, we will know about these benefits in detail, but first let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart.

 

Nutrition Chart of Pear

Nutrition Chart of Pear
Source-USDA

Health Benefits of Pears

 

Health Benefits of Pears
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(1) Keeps Our Digestive System Healthy

Regular and moderate consumption of pears is very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. This benefit of pears is mainly because of the presence of dietary fibers in them.

Most of the dietary fibers present in pears are nonsoluble polysaccharide which means they act as bulking agent in the intestines. These dietary fibers play an important role in regulating the absorption of nutrients.

It acts as a natural laxative and ensures smooth elimination of stool, and thus reduces the risk of constipation. As well as diarrhea and loose stool.

Pears are also a good source of antioxidants like vitamin C which fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body. As these are unstabilized so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules and cause oxidative damage to them.

The antioxidants present in pears protects our digestive system from colon cancer and another kind of damage associated with free radicals.

(2) Promotes Weight Loss

Eating pears on a regular basis is very beneficial for the individuals who are on a weight loss regime. This is because pears are low in calories and eating 100 grams of pear provide only 57 calories.

In addition to this, they are low high in water and dietary fiber which plays an important role in weight management. The water present in pears contains no calorie and at the same time, it makes our stomach full.

Similarly, the dietary fiber present in pears keep us satisfied for longer and decreases our urge to eat again and again, and thus controls overeating. As overeating is a major cause of obesity, so by controlling overeating, pears help in weight management.

 

(3) Provides Antioxidant Benefits

Consuming pears on a regular basis helps in keeping signs of premature aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, dark spots, skin blemishes etc. at bay.

This benefit of pear is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A, and other antioxidantal compounds like phytonutrients, flavonoids, lutein etc. present in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells. Free radicals are the unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body.

As these are unstabilized so they steal electrons from the neighboring molecules, and thus cause oxidative damage to them. Eating pears protects our body cells from the oxidative damage and provides a number of benefits.

 

(4) Reduces The Risk of Various Cancer(s)

Pears are anti-cancerous in nature and including them in our fruit plate on a regular basis is very advantageous for our health. This anti-cancer benefit of pear is mainly due to the abundance of antioxidants like Vitamin C  and antioxidantal compounds in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells.

By protecting our body cells from the oxidative damage, they also provide protection against the various types of cancers like colon cancer, breast cancer, rectum cancer, prostate cancer, and lungs cancer.

 

(5) Make Our Immune System Stronger

Our immune system plays an important role in keeping us healthy as it fights with the pathogens like bacteria, virus etc. and prevents them from entering our body. Even if they somehow manage to enter our body, it is the immune system that fights against them and makes us healthy again.

Eating pears on a regular and moderate basis make our immune system stronger and thus reduces the risk of various diseases like cold, flu, cough etc. This benefit of pear is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin A, and other antioxidantal compounds like flavonoids, phytonutrients etc. present in them.

These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells (including the immune cells). By protecting our immune cells from the oxidative damage, it makes our immune system stronger, and thus reduces the risk of various diseases.

 

(6) Regulates Blood Pressure

Regular and moderate consumption of pear is very beneficial for our heart and helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy. This benefit of pear is mainly due to the presence of potassium in it. Potassium is a vital mineral that plays an important role in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy.

It acts as a natural vasodilator and relaxes our vessels, and thus reduces stress and lowers blood pressure. This helps in controlling high blood pressure which is a major cause of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat etc.

By relaxing our blood vessels, it not only reduces our blood pressure but also improves the flow of blood throughout the body and improves the functionality of various organs.

Some of the major benefits provided by potassium are regulated blood pressure, prevents heart and kidney disorders, reduces anxiety and stress, improves metabolism, enhance the strength of muscles, regulates electrolyte balance, and improves the functioning of nervous system.

 

(7) Heals Wounds And Tissues

Another important advantage of pear is their ability to enhance the quick healing of wounds and damaged tissue. This benefit of pear is mainly due to the presence of vitamin C in it.

Vitamin C is an important antioxidant that provides a number of benefits, and one such benefit is its ability to promote the synthesis of new tissues in various organs and cellular structures of our body.

This antioxidant also fights with the free radicals of our body, prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our immune cells, and make us less vulnerable to disease and infections. It also speeds up the healing of wounds and infections.

 

(8) Improves Blood Circulation And Reduces Anemia Risk

Eating pears on a regular and moderate basis is very beneficial for the individuals who suffer from anemia or are at a risk of developing anemia. This benefit of pear is mainly due to the presence of iron in it.

Iron is a vital mineral that provides a number of benefits, and one such benefit is its ability to carry oxygenated blood to every cell of our body. Lack of iron in our body can give rise to anemia which is a condition in which oxygenated blood doesn’t reach to our cells and tissues properly.

Anemia can give rise to symptoms like general fatigue, weakness, pale skin, shortness of breath, dizziness, swelling of tongue, headache, brittle nails, irregular heartbeat etc. (source)

 

(9) Good Source of Folic Acid

Pears are a good source of folic acid or folate, and the presence of this compound makes it a very beneficial fruit for the pregnant women. This is because the folic acid reduces the risk of Neural tube defects like spina bifida in newborn babies.

For this reason, pregnant women are advised to eat food rich in folic acid, and pear is one such fruit.

 

(10) Provides Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Regular and moderate consumption of pear is very beneficial for providing relief from the inflammatory diseases like arthritis and gouts.

This benefit of pear is mainly because of the presence of antioxidants like vitamin C, and other flavonoids compound present in them.

These antioxidants are anti-inflammatory in nature which means they reduce the inflammation caused by this disease and thus provide relief from pain due to arthritis, gouts etc.

 

(11) Make Our Bones And Teeth Stronger

Another important health benefit of pear is their ability to make our bones and teeth stronger. By making our bones and teeth stronger, pear reduces the risk of development of osteoporosis.

This benefit of pear is mainly due to the presence of vital minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium and copper etc. present in them. Lack of these mineral nutrients in our body can make our bones weak and give rise to osteoporosis.

 

(12) Protects Our Eyes

Our eyes are our windows to the world, and it is important for us to make sure that we are taking good care of it as they allow us to enjoy the beauty of the world.

Eating pears on a regular and moderate basis is very beneficial for our eyes and helps in keeping our eyesight sharp. This benefit of pear is mainly due to the presence of vitamin A in it.

Vitamin A is a vital nutrient for our eyes and plays an important role in keeping it healthy.

In addition to this, the antioxidants like vitamin C etc. present in pear fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our eyes and reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration etc.

 

(13) Is Hypoallergenic In Nature

Pears are considered as a safe fruit because of their hypoallergenic nature, which means, eating them doesn’t cause any allergy. For this, reason, pears are generally considered as safe fruit for infants. However, it should be noted that further research studies need to be done on this subject.

 

Reference(s)

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/pears.html

http://www.motherearthliving.com/Natural-Health/5-health-benefits-of-pears

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pear

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pears.html

 

Disclaimer

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

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About Bharat Sharma

Bharat Sharma is a simple guy who lives in Delhi,India and loves writing about the health and beauty benefits of the common food item we see in our kitchen and refrigerator.

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