Have you ever tried pear juice? What did you think? It seems that since pear juice is not heavily produced on a commercial level, studies about the potential impact are few and far between.
Pears are native to Western Europe and North Africa, but nowadays China is the worldwide largest producer of pears. Washington holds the supreme pear-growing state title in the United States.
Let’s take a closer look at how pear juice can help our bodies stay hale and hearty.
1. Potassium: Potassium is a mineral crucial in many bodily functions. It assists in building proteins and muscle tissue, helps your body use carbs, helps kids grow normally, controls electrical activity in the heart, and keeps the acid-base balance on track. It is number three in line when it comes to levels of minerals in the body.
2. Vitamin C: Vitamin C serves as an antioxidant and is involved in many body processes. It is a water soluble vitamin, meaning the body cannot store it and we must frequently take in more, especially since the body cannot create its own.
3. Fibre: Consuming dietary fibre not only helps with bowel movement regularity, it can also help prevent heart disease and lower your risk of developing diabetes. Pears have both kinds of fibre: soluble and insoluble. This makes pears an exceptionally well-rounded source of fibre.
4. Flavanols: Many studies have found that flavanols have properties that promote a healthy heart. A study conducted found that flavanols helped reduce the blood vessel restriction found in tobacco smokers. Another study concluded that their positive impact on blood flow helps maintain healthy brain function.
5. Catechin: This antioxidant compound is found in the highest concentrations in green tea, but it is also present in smaller amounts in pears and pear juice. Though evidence isn’t conclusive, catechin may help reduce incidences of cancer when consumed in great enough amounts.
6. Epicatechin: This phytonutrient, best known for its presence in cocoa, has possibly been linked with the ability to help fight diabetes. Epicatechin has also shown to have potential heart health benefits. As is the case with many antioxidants, its ability to battle free radicals means it helps with a multitude of health issues.