African pear is a native fruit tree found mostly in the south-eastern part of Nigeria.
It is pink when unripe and turns violet when ripe. This fruit is consumed after boiling or roasting it.
The African pear also known as ‘Ube’ or bush pear is packed with many nutritional qualities. Read through to find out.
1. Diabetes Friendly
African pears are full of vitamins and minerals that are vital for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels.
African pears have a low glycaemic index for their carbohydrate content. To prevent an sporadic rise in blood sugar level, it is slowly processed and digested by the body.
2. Lowers Cancer Risks
This fruit has a high abundance of phytochemicals, a micronutrient that protects against diseases in the human body, regular eating of this fruit can drastically lower your risks of cancer.
Bush pears have powerful antioxidant and anti-microbial characteristics that are useful in their raw form as well as after being cooked. They assist in reducing the effects of germs on the body and fending against pathogens (infections) in the human body.
4. Lowers Blood Pressure
African pears have mesocarp, a nutrient-rich layer that is encased around their tiny clustered seeds which lowers blood pressure and stroke risk. Because African pears and other fruits are high in potassium, which helps lower high blood pressure and lowers the risk of stroke, it is wise to consider eating this fruit as an adult.
This bush pear is very essential for pregnant women. It contains natural folic acid which helps in the early stage of pregnancy to reduce the risk of birth defects of the spine and brain.
It is also important in the formation of red blood cells and helps in proper cell growth and function.
6. Skin Glow
African pears’ beneficial oils and vitamin C-rich antioxidants aid to slow down the aging process and stimulate skin renewal. Pears will help improve skin shine and lessen blemishes and increase skin radiance when included in a healthy diet.
The fruit pulp is also used to treat some skin related diseases.
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7. Improves Digestion
African pears have a buttery texture yet are high in nutritional fiber. A healthy digestive system, avoidance of constipation, and a decreased risk of colon cancer can all be achieved by eating foods high in natural fiber.
8. Improves Bone And Teeth Health
The african pear contains a reasonable amount of phosphorus, calcium and vitamin D which are the core minerals needed for healthy bones and teeth.
These elements play important functions in the skeletal system; calcium supports healthy bones, muscle contraction, immunological function, and blood clotting, arthritis and osteoporosis in humans.
This fruit can come in handy when it comes to stronger bones in children and adults.
9. Protects The Eyes
African pears are exceptionally rich in antioxidants, especially carotenoids which lessens eye damage. By include this fruit in your diet, you can safeguard your eyesight and help to ward off age-related macular degeneration.
10. Improves Heart Health
A healthy combination of saturated (palmitic acid) and unsaturated fatty acids can be found in African pear (oleic, linoleic acid). Their high potassium content and good fat content support heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular illnesses.
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