Pear – Properties and medicinal uses

In this article, we will be looking at the nutritional value and health benefits of pear.

Properties of pear

• Pear contains a reasonable amount of sugars (mainly fructose) and very little protein content. Fructose being the main sugar present in pears, makes it well tolerated by diabetics.
• Pears contains certain important minerals like Potassium, Magnesium and Iron. Trace elements like manganese, zinc and copper are also present.
• It also contains small amounts of vitamin C, B and E.

health benefits / medicinal uses of pear

Pear, being a nutritious fruit has numerous medicinal values, below are some of its indications:

* Hypertension
The pear, contains no Sodium, a mineral that tends to retain water within the body, thus, increasing blood pressure. The pear’s capacity to lower blood pressure has been known since the ancient times, this is attributed to its diuretic effect.
It contains high potassium, which removes water from the body.
Studies conducted shows that ” the higher the intake of potassium the lower the risk of hypertension ”

* Excess uric acid
Pear consumption helps in the elimination of uric acid and other nitrogenous substances through the urine.

* Obesity
Pear plays a vital role in weight loss diets due to its diuretic action.

* Renal failure
The pear, due to its richness in potassium, low in sodium and protein content, produces a mild diuretic effect in controlling renal disorders such as nephritis, cardiac and renal oedema, thus, abundant pear consumption is recommended in cases of renal failures.

* Digestive disorders
Evidence have shown that ” within 90 minutes of eating a pear, it has been digested and arrived in the colon (large intestine). Thus, it works against intestinal indigestion and putrefaction.

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