Food Selection - Pears
Pears are one of the healthiest treats. Pears are rich in sugar, organic acids, ferments, cellular tissue, tanning, nitric and pectin agents, as well as vitamins C, B1, P, PP, and carotene (provitamin A). Pears usually seem sweeter than apples, although they do contain less sugar. A lot of pears abound in microelements, including iodine. Pears contain up to 10 percent carbohydrates; that is 10 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams of pear.
There is not much vitamin C in pears. As far as folic acid is concerned, however, pears surpass even black-currants.
Both traditional and folk medicines recommend pears in a lot of cases. But it should be noted that pears should be eaten in the following way: you should have pears when your stomach is empty and you should drink water when you eat them. They shouldn’t be eaten with meat or within a half-hour of finishing a meal.
Keep in mind that only ripe, aromatic, juicy and smooth pears posses medicinal properties. As for pear juice, it’s a wonderful restorative, tonic, and vitamin remedy which is extremely useful in curing certain stomach diseases.
Doctors recommend eating more pears after you turn 40. Plus, you can benefit greatly if you have two “pear” days per week: 1.5-2 kilos of fresh green fruit and nothing else. If the fruit is hard you can boil it a little.
In ancient times, doctors valued pears as a method to heal wounds and bring down temperature.
The pleasant crunch that we get when biting into a pear can be explained by the presence of stone cells in pulp, the outward of which consists of lignified cellulose tissue. This very tissue irritates the mucous of the small intestine, and that’s why we’d better avoid eating pears at periods of exacerbation of gastrointestinal disturbance.
In ancient Arabian medical works it was mentioned that pears can help to treat lung disease. Pear juice and decoctions are anti-bacterially active due to the presence of arbutin. You can also drink the juice in order to strengthen the blood vessels walls.
If your aim is to lose weight, do not forget that pears are low calorie and are often a part of different diets.
We cannot overestimate the usefulness of this fruit for the digestive system. Ripe pears stimulate food digestion and have corroborative effects; that is why they are useful when the intestinal system is upset. Pear pulp is better assimilated in the body than apple pulp. Sour and astringent varieties of pears strengthen the stomach and liver and stimulate appetite -- but they are not as easily assimilated within the body.
If you suffer from liver disease, cholecystitis, or gastritis, then two pears each morning will relive you from pain, heartburn, and the feeling of discomfort in the intestines.
It is connected with the fact that there is a lot of potassium in pears and, therefore, there are a lot of alkaline properties in pears that have a favorable effect on heart performance. The stronger the smell of pears, the more healthy they are -- especially for our hearts. Unlike apples, pears are also useful for the lungs.
Pears are also healthy for the skin. If you are not content with your freckles, for example, you can try to lighten them by using the following method: a ripe pear is mashed, then the juice is removed before applying the pulp to the face for 15-20 minutes. The pulp is then rinsed off with water. This mask is also helpful if the skin is blotched.
In winter, a mask made from ground pear, a tablespoon of sour cream, and a tablespoon of grapefruit juice does a lot of good for dry skin. You keep it on your face for half an hour, and then rinse your face with water.
Pear juice is suitable for taking care of any type of skin. Pear masks and lotions smooth the skin and make more it more elastic; they also help to decrease pore size. To create such masks and lotions, you first mash ripe pears and then apply the substance to your face for 20 minutes. You then rinse your face with cold water, after which you rinse with hot water.
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