The process of squeezing juice from a fruit, known as juicing, is an age-old method for producing healthy drinks. While some store-bought juices may contain preservatives and additives, home juicing ensures an unadulterated drink that has all the benefits of the fruit from which it is produced. In the case of pear juice, this includes a range of vitamins and minerals. Pear juice is also used to help treat a number of medical conditions.
According to the Juicing Book website, Chinese herbalists recommend consuming pear juice in the morning for those who wish to get rid of a cough. Pear juice may also help relieve constipation and help with bladder, liver and prostrate problems. The Help with Cooking website says that the ability of pear juice to dissolve uric acid crystals makes it an excellent treatment for arthritis, gout and rheumatism. Juicing for Health says that pears are a good choice of fruit for people prone to allergic reactions.
The Juicing Book says that pear juice provides the body with vitamin C – essential for tissue growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, evidence suggests that many people may be mildly deficient in vitamin C. One hundred grams of pear juice also contains 0.02mg of thiamin, 0.04mg of riboflavin, 0.1mg of niacin and 0.07mg of pantothenic acid.
Pear juice contains a number of minerals required by the human body. The mineral content per 100g of juice includes 11mg of calcium, 6mg of magnesium, 11mg of phosphorus and 125mg of potassium. The Office of Dietary Supplements says that the body needs calcium to support critical metabolic functions such as vascular contraction and vasodilation, nerve transmission, muscle function and intracellular signaling. Magnesium is used for more than 300 biochemical reactions, while phosphorous helps build strong bones and teeth.
For the greatest health-giving benefits, choose pears with a deep green or golden color. Good pears are slightly firm without being excessively soft or mushy. Overly soft pears can clog the juicer. Juice for Health says that pear juice can be safely introduced to infants. Children usually enjoy the juice’s sweet, yet mild taste. Pear juice can taste fairly concentrated, so consider adding water to dilute it.