Four Health Benefits of Pears

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Like many fruits, pears are chock-full of vitamins and nutrients which can be beneficial to your health.  Although the Chinese variety is commonly reputed for having the most medicinal value, all pears offer similar health benefits.

Four of these health benefits include:

    1. Protection from Free Radicals

Pear is a good source of vitamin c and copper, two powerful antioxidants that protect our cells from being attacked by free radicals which damage cell membranes.

On top of that, this same antioxidant boosts the body’s immune system, making our bodies capable of fighting off infections and kills bacteria and viruses.

    1. Protection from Post-Menopausal Breast Cancer

Studies show that post-menopausal women who consumed the most fiber, especially cereal fiber, reduce their risk of getting breast cancer by 34 percent.

Even those who have taken hormone replacement and have consumed lots of fibers have significantly lowered their risk of breast cancer by 50 percent.

Other fruits rich in fiber aside from pears are apples, figs, dates and prunes.

    1. Protection from Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration, the primary reason why older adults lose their vision, may very well be avoided by 36 percent if you consume at least three servings of fruits per day.

Fruits like pears are proven to have protective properties against this age-related vision loss.  Simply adding pears to your cereal, yogurt or salad will give you the defense you need against this disease.

    1. Boosts Colon Health

Pear has fibers which not just help you avoid the hassles of constipation and regular bowel movements, it also binds the bile salts in the colon and efficiently flushes them out of your system.

This process results to two additional benefits: it lowers the cholesterol levels in the body and removes cancer-causing chemicals in the colon.

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