Healthy Food of the Week: The Mighty Pear

December 28, 2009
Barbara Sinclair Healthy Food of the Week The Mighty Pear
Who knew pears were so good for the lungs? I didn’t until my three-month bout with whooping cough gave me a whole new reverence for the lungs and the healthy food of the week the mighty pear. The Chinese know, and in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the pear is revered for its lung healing properties. Its cooling nature helps when there is too much heat in the lungs and a cough producing too much mucus has resulted.
Pictured above is the Chinese pear (tastes just like it looks – a cross between an apple and a pear) which is thought to be the most healing,  but all pears are beneficial and variety is the spice of life – so go to your local farmer’s market and try them all.

According to TCM, the lungs and lower intestine have a connection. In the fall and early winter, lung problems are often accompanied by constipation. Enter the mighty pear which is a wonderful digestive aid that helps to normalize bowel function. Keeping the lungs healthy has a tremendous influence on all of the major organs that lie below them. Pears not only nourish the lungs and the throat, they help to clear phlegm and are anti-inflammatory as well.

Other therapeutic properties of the pear are:

  •  Contains vitamins C, E, A, B1, B2, niacin and folic acid.
  • High in phosphorus, copper, potassium and iron (some varieties more than others).
  • Contains glutathione which helps prevent high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Contains the flavonoid quercetin which is a potent antioxidant and is believed to help prevent cancer and artery damage.
  • High pectin content helps lower cholesterol.
  • High level of boron helps retain calcium for healthy bones.
  • Anti-inflammatory and is an excellent fever reducer because of its cooling nature.
  • Excellent for diabetics because of its low glycemic index and ability to help improve blood glucose levels.
  • Creates an alkaline rather than acidic excess which is healthier for the body overall.
  • Good energy producer.
  • Excellent for the vocal cords.

Pears can be eaten raw (best alone as a snack) or baked, poached, steamed or juiced and combined with organic raw honey.  When ripe they will yield to light pressure like an avocado.  You can hasten the fruit ripening by placing in a paper bag.

Caution:  As with any other food, no matter how healthy, moderation is key.  Pears are not beneficial if you have too much internal cold in your body or loose, watery stools.  Pregnant women should not consume excessive amounts of pears.

Pregnant women should not consume excessive amounts of pears.

The season is winding down so don’t delay!

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  1. Thanks for the information on pears. I am still clearing out remnants of respiratory infection at Christmas time with very minor cough. I have been eating pears, but, hopefully, will up my intake to daily until I am completely clear. Interesting connection with lungs, lower intestines, inflammation, fibromyalgia–so I had to share on my Facebook. So nice to have all the therapeutic information related to the attributes of pears. I am sure I will enjoy looking at more or your posts on Holistic Health and Healing.

    • Thank you, Karen. It was an old article but I know so many people suffering with upper respiratory problems right now that I thought I would re-post it. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics?
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  3. Hi there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout
    out and tell you I genuinely enjoy reading your posts.
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