30 Amazing Benefits Of Pears For Skin, Hair, And Health

From blood sugar control to taming frizzy hair - this fruit can support your health in many ways.

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Everyone loves the crunchy bite of pear, especially during summers. It offers immense relief from the scorching heat. But are pears good for you and your health? If you are wondering the same, pears benefit you in many ways, and consuming pears regularly may positively impact your overall health. This can be attributed to their fiber-rich content. Pears are loved for their juicy and sweet taste. The antioxidants present in them improve immunity and combat many health ailments. They are also loaded with many beneficial nutrients and minerals. Having a pear every day helps you to reap all the benefits it offers. Consuming fresh pears gives you the best results. This refreshing fruit is consumed worldwide and is known by different names. For instance, it is known as Nashpaati in Punjabi, Sabariil in Malayalam, Perikkai in Telugu, Nashpati in Hindi, Perikai in Tamil, and Naspatti in Gujarati.

Keep reading to learn all about the health benefits of pears. Scroll down!

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Pears

What Is It?
A sweet, yellowish-green edible fruit that is narrow at the stalk and wide at the base.

What Are Its Benefits?
May lower the risk of heart issues and allergic reactions, boost the immune system, and improve hair and skin health.

Who Can Consume It?
Anyone who wants to maintain their overall health may benefit from pear consumption.

How Often?
You can consume a pear every day.

Caution
Excessive consumption of pears may lead to complications like abdominal pain, excessive gas, and diarrhea.

Health Benefits Of Pears

Check out here 30 best pear benefits:

1. Fights Against Free Radicals

The presence of vitamin C, vitamin K, and copper in pears fights against free radicals that damage our body cells (1).

2. Prevents Heart Diseases

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One of the best benefits of pears include the presence of fiber, which minimizes the risk of stroke, protects us from heart diseases, and helps regulate heart health (1). Daily intake of fiber rich food like pears may reduce the risk of stroke by up to 50%.

3. May Treat Cancer

According to the study, pears showed anti-mutagenici  A substance that counteracts the effects of mutagens that can cause a change in the DNA of a cell, like UV and X-rays. and anti-cancer activities by several mechanisms (2). A few studies suggest that eating a diet rich in fruits, such as pears, may help against certain cancers, such as lung, stomach, and bladder (3) (4).

4. Lower Risk Of Allergic Reactions

Anecdotal evidence says that pears, when compared with other fruits, have less chance of allergic reactions when eaten and thus are one of the few fruits that can be given to infants. However, it doesn’t mean that pears do not cause allergic reactions at all. Pear allergies do occur but are rare. Usually, they occur because the proteins in pears are similar to the proteins in pollen, particularly birch pollen. If you have hay fever and are allergic to birch pollen, you also may experience pear allergy symptoms.

5. Controls Blood Sugar Level

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According to a study, foods high in anthocyanini  Colored water-soluble pigments in fruits and veggies that may prevent inflammation, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases. , such as pears, can help reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes (5). Even though it is slightly sweet, with a low glycerin index and high fiber content, pears help in controlling the sugar levels in the blood and prevent diabetes.

6. Boosts Immune System

The high content of antioxidants like vitamin C and copper helps in boosting the immune system of the body to fight against various diseases (6).

7. Prevents Osteoporosis

Bone problems are very common these days. So in order to maintain bone health and prevent osteoporosis, it is very important to maintain the pH of the body and eat a recommended amount of calcium daily. pH of the body can be maintained through diet by consuming fruits and vegetables daily. The boron-rich pears can help to absorb the calcium consumed easily (1).

8. Increases Energy Levels

The high glucose content in pears may give you instant energy when you feel weak. It gets absorbed very quickly by the body and converts into energy.

9. Digestion

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A medium-sized pear fruit contains around 20-25% of the recommended daily intake of fiber. Since its fiber is insoluble, it moves through the colon easily and prevents colon polypsi  Small, harmless clumps of cells that form on the colon or the lining of the large intestine lining that may turn cancerous over time. . The high fiber content helps improve digestion (6). The increased fiber content also gives a satiated feeling, aiding in weight loss.

10. Pregnancy

Folic acid is very important for a pregnant woman to keep the baby safe from birth defects. Folic acid present in pears can help you in this issue, and it is recommended to consume regularly during pregnancy (6).

11. For Weaning Children

For weaning children, it is always recommended to give pears because it is hypoallergenic and is a low acidic fruit. So it doesn’t create any digestion related problems (6). This pear fruit can be peeled, heated, and then pureed. The peel also can be fed, but it is very important to take care that it doesn’t have any harsh edges that can hurt children. Pears should not be given to children with diarrhea.

12. May Prevent Gallbladder, Colitis, Arthritis, Gout

Pears help to prevent gallbladder problems, colitisi  An inflammatory bowel disease that causes sores in the innermost lining of the colon and rectum of the digestive tract. , arthritis and gout if taken regularly (7).

13. Blood Pressure

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Anti-carcinogen glutathione and antioxidants present in pears help in controlling the blood pressure (1).

A study conducted on 2283 Swedish participants showed that regularly consuming fruits has been linked to reduced blood pressure levels. 24.7% of the participants had pears at least five times per week, 19.62% had them 3–4 times per week, and 33.33% had them 1–2 times per week. Among females, there was a significant statistical connection between a higher frequency of pear consumption and lower diastolic blood pressure levels at home.

14. Fever

Pears help in curing fever easily with its cooling effects (6).

15. Inflammation

Pears have anti-inflammation properties which help to reduce inflammation of arthritis and other such problems (6).

16. Shortness Of Breath

During summers shortness of breath is quite common due to heat in both children and adults. So it is recommended to take pears during those hot days.

17. Throat Problems

Pears prevent throat problems during summers. So, it is good to take a pear a day or a glass of its juice will do the work (1).

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Pears are also referred to as “butter fruit,” as they have a soft, butter-like texture when ripe.

To get all the benefits of pears, take them regularly during these hot summer days.

Skin Benefits Of Pears

Find out what are the amazing pear benefits for skin here:

18. Fibers Prevent Skin Damage

Pears are loaded with dietary fibers which play a pivotal role in keeping our skin smooth and soft. They decelerate the discharge of sugar into the bloodstream and prevent the damage of skin collagen (a certain type of protein) caused due to frequent sugar spikes. Consequently, we get a smooth skin and plump look.

19. Keep Wrinkles Away

Munch on pears daily to stay away from aging (6). The fruit is rich in vitamin C – a super-effective antioxidant, vitamin K, and copper. All these elements are capable of combating harmful free radicals thereby protecting our skin cells from severe damages. It eventually helps in toning up the skin and curtailing the formation of fine lines near our eyes as well as lip area.

20. Treat Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, pears can be really beneficial for you (6). Just smash a pear and mix fresh cream and honey with it. Use this paste thrice a week as a face mask and the over secretion of the sebaceous glands present in your skin will reduce to a great extent.

21. Get Acne-Free Skin

People with acne-prone skin can also be benefited by pears (6). Pears contain high levels of vital vitamins and essential minerals. These fruits can boost their immunity and make them stronger internally. As a result, their skin becomes able to fight against acne, pimples and all other types of skin infections from inside.

22. Stay Moisturized For Long

Pears are not only good for oily skin, but are also good for dry and flaky skin. They contain natural humectants, which help balance the normal water content of the skin and retain its natural moisture. Hence, the extract of this fruit is widely used in making moisturizing lotion (6). Regular intake of pear juice can also make your skin even and smooth.

23. Effective Natural Scrub

The natural enzymes present in the fruit make it a great scrubbing agent (6). You can easily get rid of the dead skin cells present in the superficial layer of your skin by blending a mashed pear in your regular face pack and exfoliating your skin with it. The fruit extract can also be used as a gentle peel for accelerating cell turnover.

24. Good For Lip Treatment

Pears are excellent for our lips (6). The credit goes to the lactic acid present in its extract. This acid content of the fruit can keep the cells of your lips healthy and hydrated for long so that you get a soft and smooth pout.

25. Anti-Inflammatory By Nature

The anti-inflammatory properties of pears work as a beauty remedy (6). Consuming pears or using any beauty products containing its extract does not impose any allergic reactions. Hence, it is good for skin and useful for infants too.

Aren’t these pears fruit benefits for skin amazing? Wondering how it can benefit your hair? Check out the pear fruit hair benefits in the next section.

Hair Benefits Of Pears

26. Healthy And Nourished Hair

When it comes to the most excellent hair benefits of pears, the first thing that should be included in the list is its ability to make hair healthy and nourished (6). Pears, especially the ripe ones, contain a natural sugar alcohol named ‘sorbitol’ or ‘glucitol’, which feeds the hair roots, nourishes the scalp and keeps the hair moisturized in order to make it healthy.

27. Reduce Hair Dryness

The moisturizing property of pears is extremely beneficial for reducing the dryness of our hair (6). Moreover, it holds lots of vitamin C, which works as a natural antioxidant and helps keep the hair strands conditioned by maintaining the health of the hair cells.

28. Tame Your Frizzy Hair

From regular consumption of pears to giving your tresses a treatment with the fruit – everything is helpful for eliminating those ugly tangles. Your frizzy hair can easily become manageable with the help of pears.

29. Restore The Lost Shine

If you are worried about your dull and unattractive hair, pears can be of help. All you need to do is to prepare a natural hair mask at your home by mixing the extract of 1 fresh and ripe pear, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and water. This is a great hair revitalizer that can revive your dull hair and restore its lost shine (6).

30. Maintain Curly And Colored Locks

Maintaining the curls and shades of your hair can be much easier with the application of pear hair pack. To make such a pack (6). peel and smash a pear properly and then form a smooth paste by adding soybean oil to it. Now, spread this paste all over your hair evenly. After an hour, wash it off with a mild shampoo. The difference will be easily visible!

So, this answers your question: “What are pears good for?” But some other questions still remain, such as how do you buy them? And what about their storage? Let us find out!

How To Select And Store Pears

Choosing the right pears and storing them in a perfect manner are essential for getting the most out of the fruits. Here is a guide for you:

1. How To Select The Right Pears

Ripe-to-fall pears are the best to pick. If the skin of the fruit is bright and glossy, do give it a miss. Rather go for the ones that are matte golden in color, featuring a nice fragrance and having a little soft neck.

A good pear should be firm enough (not too stiff). The skin of the fruit must be even as well as damage-free. Even if it has a bit of russet (brownish patches) on the skin, go for it as there will be nothing wrong with the flavor or the benefits of the fruit.

While buying a pear, make sure that the top portion (close to the stem) is neither too soft nor too rigid. In order to do so, just press that area lightly with your fingertips instead of squeezing the entire fruit.

2. How To Store The Selected Pears

If you want to store ripe pears, put them simply in the refrigerator. Conversely, if you wish to make them ripened at room temperature, place them in a bowl without washing as moisture can decompose the fruit fast.

You can also help the pears to be fully grown by keeping them in a pierced paper bag. It will help them get enough oxygen and slow down the decay or over-ripening.

Pear Nutrition Facts

PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy58 Kcal3%
Carbohydrates13.81 g11%
Protein0.38 g
Total Fat0.12 g0.5%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber3.10 g8%
Vitamins
Folates7 µg2%
Niacin0.157 mg1%
Pantothenic acid0.048 mg1%
Pyridoxine0.028 mg2%
Riboflavin0.025 mg2%
Thiamin0.012 mg1%
Vitamin A23 IU1%
Vitamin C4.2 mg7%
Vitamin E0.12 mg1%
Electrolytes
Potassium119 mg2.5%
Minerals
Calcium9 mg1%
Copper0.082 mg9%
Iron0.17 mg2%
Magnesium7 mg2%
Manganese2%
Phosphorus11 mg2%
Zinc0.10 mg1%
Phyto-nutrients
Crypto-xanthin-ß2 µg
Lutein-zeaxanthin45 µg

How To Eat / Cook Pears

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Now, when you have almost all the information about pears, get ready to know how to eat pears. Here are some tips for you:

  1. Clean and wash a fresh pear, pat it dry and eat it along with the skin. This way, you can make the most of the fibers, phytonutrientsi  Natural compounds found in plant foods that prevent cell damage and reduce the risk of cancer, stroke, and various other health conditions. , and antioxidants present in the fruit.
  2. Pears can be sliced by using an apple corer. You need to cut it from the base so that the core can be removed effortlessly. Also, pour 2-3 drops of lemon juice into the slices as soon as possible so that they do not get oxidized.
  3. You can prepare a dessert by combining blue cheese or goat cheese with the pears. If you want to come up with something more delicious, just make a cheese board with some buttery pears, fresh walnuts and honey.
  4. A tasty pear salad can be prepared by combining the fruit with some leeks, mustard green, and watercress. Make it a bit more nutritious by spreading a few walnuts over it.
  5. Coring pears and softening them with red wine and sugar can also be a wonderful choice.

Now that you have a detailed idea of how to cook and eat pears, check out some yummy pear recipes below.

Pears Recipes

Pear And Walnut Salad

What You Need

  • 2 ripe pears, sliced
  • ½ cup of walnuts, toasted
  • 2 cups of mixed greens
  • ¼ cup of crumbled blue cheese
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Method

  1. Combine the mixed greens, sliced pears, and toasted walnuts in a bowl.
  2. Sprinkle the crumbled blue cheese.
  3. Drizzle balsamic vinaigrette.
  4. Toss gently.
  5. Serve as an appetizer or side salad.

Cinnamon Baked Pears

What You Need

  • 2 ripe pears, halved and cored
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Place the pear halves in a baking dish.
  3. Drizzle honey over each pear and sprinkle cinnamon.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Garnish with chopped pecans.
  6. Serve warm.
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In The Odyssey, Homer referred to pears as a “gift from the Gods” because of the fruit’s numerous positive traits, high nutritional content, and benefits.

Infographic: Important Skin-Boosting Benefits Of Eating Pears

As we know, the pear has many impressive benefits that can improve your health. Pears are packed with a good amount of antioxidants, vitamins and nutrients that work wonders for skin. There are some stand-out benefits pears contribute to skin health that you should remember.

Check out the infographic below to know the key benefits that pears bring to your skin.

important skin boosting benefits of eating pears (infographic)

Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Pear is a crunchy, fiber-rich fruit known for its sweet and juicy taste. Packed with antioxidants, essential minerals, and nutrients, pear helps boost your immunity while protecting your body from free radical damage. It also helps control your blood sugar and blood pressure levels while keeping inflammation and digestive issues at bay. The benefits of pear are also pronounced in improving skin and hair health and texture. Eat it as it is, or make it into jams, jellies, and salads, to get the most of its health benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is healthier: pear or apple?

Both the fruits are loaded with many beneficial nutrients that can significantly promote overall health. However, while the apple is richer in most nutrients, the pear has more zinc and vitamins B3 and K. Which of the two you pick depends on your choice and your health conditions.

Do pears help you sleep?

Yes, pears may help you sleep. However, quality research is lacking to back this claim.

Do pears make you poop?

Yes, pears help in relieving constipation. They are rich in fiber that helps manage constipation and the associated pain.

Key Takeaways

  • Pears are rich in vitamins and minerals that combat free radicals to protect your body cells from damage.
  • The high fiber content in pears may help reduce the risk of stroke and heart diseases.
  • Pears may help delay signs of aging, manage oily skin. and reduce acne.
  • Pears may nourish and moisturize the scalp, condition hair strands, tame frizz, and restore shine to your hair.
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Learn about the top 10 amazing benefits of pears. Click on this video to know why you should include this delicious fruit in your diet.

References

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Aakriti AroraCertificate In Plant-Based Nutrition

Aakriti Arora is a USA certified nutritionist with 3 years of experience. She is practicing in New Delhi. She has completed her graduation with Honors from the University of Delhi and Nutrition and Dietetics Certification from Cornell University. She also holds a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the reputed T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Her approach towards nutrition...read full bio

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