(NaturalHealth365) Pears are one of the most perfect foods on this planet. Beneficial in juice form, or even blended, pears are worth consuming on a daily basis, especially when they are in season from October through December. Moreover, when combined with fresh apples, their benefits soar even higher.
Why are pears and apples so healthy?
In a surprising recent study measuring risk of type 2 diabetes in United States women, pears have earned a very special recognition. Researchers now know that the flavonoids in pears and apples, combined, can improve insulin sensitivity, helping regulate our blood sugar.
Note: Red pears actually have a bit more flavinoids than regular green pears. So, when you can find the red pears, it may be a better choice to choose them, and then juice them with red apples (as the pigments in the red skins are higher in nutrients than other apples).
Interestingly, a new study has shown that among all fruits and vegetables analyzed for their flavonoid content, the combination of apples and pears showed the most consistent ability to lower risk of type 2 diabetes. As well as this benefit, this combination can also be a great source for staving off cancer.
Cloudy fruit juices that contain fruit pulp provide better nourishment than clear fruit juices that have had their pulp removed through filtering. This is specifically ‘why’ we shouldn’t be purchasing bottled juices from all those commercially-produced brand names – typically found in most supermarkets.
Store bought fruit juices have lost their nutritional value in the manufacturing process and end up being expensive sugar water.
These naturally-occurring fresh enzymes ‘extracted’ through juicing or blending are key. Furthermore, when you are making fresh juices through blending or juicing, never refrigerate your juices for more than a few hours, especially with fruit juices, as enzymes rapidly die through oxidation (air exposure). Also, the elements of dangerous bacteria growth becomes an issue the longer you leave the juices exposed to air.
What makes “cloudy” pear juice so special?
With their pulp removed, pear juices were determined to lose up to 40% of their total phenolic phytonutrients, and to have significantly reduced antioxidant capacity. “Cloudy” pear juices emerged as the superior juice type in terms of nutrient content as well as antioxidant benefits. This can be interpreted as either fresh juices made, or fresh blended pear and apple juices.
If you make fresh juice, and leave it sit for less than a minute, you will immediately see the juices separate and see the thicker part of the juices fall to the bottom of the glass and the pure juice float to the top. And, naturally, fresh juice is far more delicious than store bought varieties.
This is important to know!
The juice combination of apples and pears, interestingly ranked as the second highest source of flavonols among all fruits and vegetables – partly due to the epicatechin (a strong antioxidant) richness of pears.
Now that pears are coming into season, here’s one of my ‘classic’ Juice combinations that my husband Jay has taught me to juice for the last 35 years:
Fresh apple-pear juice recipe – serves one:
2 semi-ripe bartlett pears
Obviously, if you can, organic ingredients are always best.
The health benefits
Relieves constipation; helps eliminate acne; balances blood sugar regulation and is fantastic for after workouts or before workouts – as it balances out the potassium/sodium levels that will get lost as we exercise.
How to prepare a delicious juice
Process through your juicer or you can blend in your juicer (slowly) however, you will not absorb the best nutrients as you would when you drink it purely from juice form. Fiber gets in the way of absorption.
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About the author: Linda Kordich has been married for 33 years to Jay Kordich, world renown health educator and the “Father of Juicing”. She is the co-author of their new book, Live Foods Live Bodies and teaches throughout the world on the ‘Powers of the Gentle Art of Foods and Juices’. For more information about Jay and Linda Kordich – visit: www.JayKordich.com
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