PearsLower cholesterol, Improve memory, Keep bones strong
Pears contain a type of dietary fiber that is very effective for lowering cholesterol. They contain lignin, an insoluble fiber that helps to move cholesterol out of the body. Lignin acts like Velcro, trapping cholesterol molecules in the intestine before they get absorbed into bloodstream. Because of the lignin, eating pears on a regular basis can have a big impact on lowering cholesterol. There aren’t many fruits that measure up to the lignin in pears.
The insoluble fiber in pears serves another useful purpose – it doesn’t dissolve in the intestine. What it does, however, is absorb large amounts of water and helps prevent constipation and reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Pears contain another type of fiber, called pectin, which is the same staff you add to jellies and jams to help them jell. Pectin is a soluble fiber, meaning it dissolves in the intestine, forming sticky, gel-like coating. As with lignin, pectin binds to cholesterol, causing it to be removed from the body.
We don’t usually think of pears as being “bone food”, but they contain a mineral, boron, that play an important role in keeping bones strong.
Boron wasn’t considered essential for a healthy diet until very recently. Researchers have since discovered that getting enough of boron will help prevent the loss of calcium in postmenopausal women. This is important because these women have a high risk of osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease that caused by a gradual loss of minerals from the body.
What’s good for the bones is also good for the brain. In tests of memory, perception, and attention, people low in boron did not perform as well as when they had higher amounts. And a study done by researchers at U.S Dept of Agriculture found that reflexes and mental alertness improved when people were given additional boron.
It doesn’t take a lot of boron to get the benefits – just 3 milligrams a day has been shown to help prevent the loss of calcium and keep the mind strong. Having a couple of servings a day of variety of fruit and vegetables, including pears, will provide all the boron your body needs.