The pear is a sweet fruit that is said to be related to the apple. Its size is about that of an apple with several seeds in the core, like an apple. Unlike apples though, most pear varieties have paper-thin skins which are not easy to peel. The skins vary in color¾yellow, green, brown, red, or a combination of any of these colors.
The light color flesh of pears is juicy, sweet and usually mild. Its texture is soft and buttery and some varieties have grainy flesh. We usually think of pear as bell-shaped, but some varieties are shaped almost like a rounded apple.
Among all the variety of pears, the Chinese pear is known to have the most medicinal values. But nonetheless, the other varieties are also healthful in their own right.
Health Benefits of Pear
Pears are often recommended as a hypo-allergenic fruit that is high in fiber but less likely to
produce adverse reactions. Pear juice is safe to be introduced to infants as
they are mild, yet healthful.
Blood pressure: Pears have anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogen glutathione which
help prevent high blood pressure and stroke.
Cancer prevention: The high vitamin C and copper content act as
good anti-oxidants that protect cells from damages by free radicals.
Cholesterol: The high content of pectin in pears make it very
useful in helping to lower cholesterol levels.
Colon health: When not juicing, eat the pear whole for its
precious fiber that are highly beneficial for your colon health.
Constipation: The pectin in pears is diuretic and have a mild
laxative effect. Drinking pear juice regularly helps regulate bowel movements.
Energy: You can get quick and natural source of energy from
pear juice, due largely to its high amounts of fructose and glucose.
Fever: The cooling effect in pear is excellent in relieving
fever. Best way to bring a fever down quickly is by drinking a big glass of pear
Immune booster: The anti-oxidant nutrients in pears are
critical in building up your immune system. Drink pear juice when you feel a
Inflammation: Pear juice has an anti-inflammatory effect and
helps relieve sufferers of much pain in various inflammatory conditions.
Osteoporosis: Pears contain high level of boron. Boron helps
the body to retain calcium, thus prevents or retards osteoporosis.
Pregnancy: The high content of folate (folic acid) prevents
neural tube defects in infants.
Shortness of breath: The summer heat may cause children to have
shortness of breath with excessive phlegm. Drink pear juice during this period
to help clear the phlegm.
Throat problem: The pears are in season during the summer for a
reason. Drinking pear juice every morning and night helps to cool your body down
during this time. It nourishes the throat and helps prevent throat problems.
Vocal chord: Boil two Chinese pear juice with some raw honey
and drink warm. This is extremely healing for the throat and the vocal cord.