1. Vitamin C
Fresh pears are a good source of vitamin C. One fresh pear contains 10% of the RDA of vitamin C. This one is an essential antioxidant for normal metabolism and tissue repair, and helps prevent free radical damage.
2. Digestive Health
Pears contain a lot of fiber, which is essential for a healthy digestive system. Fiber helps to keep food moving efficiently through the colon. One medium sized pear contains about 20-25 % of the daily recommended intake of fiber.
Pears contain high level of boron, which helps the body to retain calcium, thus prevents or retards osteoporosis.
4. Healthy Pregnancy
In order to avoid birth defects, it is important for a pregnant woman to consume enough folic acid. Pears contain 10-20 mcg (about 5% of the RDA) of the natural form of folic acid.
5. Quercetin Source
Quercetin is an antioxidant found in the skin of pears. It helps prevent cancer and artery damage that can lead to heart problems. A recent study at Cornell University found it may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease.