Properties and Benefits of Pears: Delicious and sweet, pears are a very good choice to keep healthy and fit. Whether they are wild or cultivated, pears are amazingly nutritious and have surprising health benefits that will make you reconsider their status and nutritional value. Moreover, they make incredibly refined desserts, as Pliny de Elder, for instance, recounts in his book of natural history. Whether you prefer them raw, stewed, made into a delicious jam or baked into a fancy soufflé, pears are definitely a good choice if you wish to keep healthy.
The pear fruit, or Pyrus communis, is rich in substances that can significantly help our kidneys with the diuresis process, which is basically the production of extra-urine and its consequent elimination. This is helpful both for the good functioning of the kidneys and good for those suffering from obesity and high blood pressure.
In addition to this, pears prevent and help reduce prostate inflammations and cystitis, the inflammation of the (urinary) bladder. Some studies suggest that pear seeds may contain the so-called vitamin B17. Though it is not clear yet, vitamin B17 appears to be a super-vitamin capable of curing cancer. However, it is still being intensely studied, but if this theory is confirmed, then this would trully be the discovery of the century. Nevertheless, too much of anything is never good so be careful not to eat too many seeds because it might make you sick.
Pears are refreshing and mildly sweet, thus great for whenever we might be feeling under the weather. The fact that they contain small amounts of almost the essential vitamins and minerals can contribute to our recovery. Pears contain the following nutrients: A, C, E, K, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosporus and zinc.
Pears also have mildly astringent properties which may prove useful if one has to deal with acute diarrhea. As funny as it may sound, diarrhea is a serious condition that may lead to acute dehydration and multiple mineral and vitamin deficiencies. Moreover, this sweet, fleshy fruit is rich in vitamin B, more specifically vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9, crucial for the process of cellular construction.
Pears contain calcium and potassium. Calcium is essential for strong bones, while potassium is our heart’s best friend: it reduces high blood pressure and helps regulate heart beats. The skin of the fruit has the highest concentration of vitamin C, as well as dietary fiber for regulating intestinal transit.
As you may already know, vitamin C is not only the best natural antioxidant, but also plays a crucial role in the synthesis of collagen, the miracle substance that keeps us looking young and fresh. Additionaly, vitamin C strenghtens our immune system and with a 4 mg concentration of vitamin C, pears are a modest, yet reliable source of the nutrient.
What is interesting is that pears are also one of the least allergenic fruits, thus are highly recommended for anyone who is having a hard time keeping their allergies under control. However, be careful how many you eat because the skin of a pear has significant amounts of dietary fiber, the best natural remedy against constipation.
Usually, pears are very fruitful and can easily withstand cold weather so it is worth planting your own pear tree. Especially when you can never be 100% certain that the fruits you buy are natural. Remember that it doesn’t really matter what variety or even what fruit you prefer as long as it is grown naturally, without any pesticides or other poisonous substances.
It may not look perfect but you will definitely get the best of what it has to offer in terms of vitamins, minerals and other potent natural substances. And the taste of real fruit is unparalleled. Natural or organic pears will also taste better in jams or other dishes because the healthier and more natural the fruit, the less additives or ‘aromas’ you have to add to it.