Nature has blessed us with superb flora and fauna, which has made our life lovely. One of these wonders is Pear fruit. Pear is a gently sweet and juicy fruit with buttery texture. Pear is distributed in temperate regions all over the world. Pear makes an excellent dietary supplement being not only rich in minerals, nutrients and vitamins but is also cholesterol-free as well as fat-free. Pear has unique phyto-constituents, which have numerous medicinal properties. Arbutin present in Pear acts as a skin whitening agent and is used in cosmetic preparations. Consumption of Pear on daily basis prevents the danger of uterine cancer especially in menopausal women. Pear has good wound healing property.

Eating a Pear before a big drinking session can significantly reduce your blood alcohol level and hangover symptoms. Remember, the best way not to get alcohol hangover is not to drink in the first place. Australia’s National Science Agency, CSIRO, has reported that eating a Pear before a big drinking session can significantly reduce your blood alcohol level and hangover symptoms. Another Korean study reported that consuming 220ml of Pear juice (equivalent to one whole pear) can reduce blood alcohol levels to the extent of 20 % and bring down hangover symptoms such as amnesia, difficulty in concentrating, sensitivity to light and sound by decreasing the blood concentration of acetaldehyde (the toxic metabolite of alcohol). Pear influences certain enzymes in our body in such a way that alcohol is metabolized quickly.

On the other hand, there is no evidence showing beneficial effects of Pear after drinking bouts. Its boron content helps the body to retain calcium, which in turn retards osteoporosis. It is also used as an energy drink and has properties like hypolipidemic, anti-oxidant, sedative, anti-inflammatory, hepato-protective, urodisinfectant, analgesic, spasmolytic, anti-diabetic, anti-pyretic and anti-bacterial. It is recommended for weaning babies as it is not too harsh on a baby’s digestive system. This versatile fruit has several cuisine as well as cosmetic uses.

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