Pears-Medical News Today and www.popsugar.com
- Pears are rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. They are also fat-free and cholesterol-free.
- Pears are one of the highest-fiber fruits. Filling up on fiber keeps you regular to prevent a bloated belly caused by constipation, which also helps prevent colon cancer. A diet high in fiber can also keep your cholesterol levels down. Getting your fill of fiber from fruit is also linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
- Pears contain a fair amount of vitamins C, K, B2, B3, and B6. For expecting or nursing moms, they also contain folate. Pears also shine in the mineral department containing calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. Vitamin C and copper are antioxidant nutrients, so eating pears is good for your immune system and may help prevent cancer.
- Pears also contain boron, needed our bodies to retain calcium, and assist in the prevention of osteoporosis.
- The phytonutrients found in pears are also associated with preventing stomach cancer.
- It’s a hypoallergenic fruit, which means those with food sensitivities can usually eat pears with no adverse effects.
- Quercetin is another antioxidant found in the skin of pears.
Figs – Healthline Evidence-based
- Figs are one of the richest plant sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, B Vitamins, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Iron.
- Some evidence also suggests that the leaves of the fig shrub can help regulate diabetes symptoms. A 2016 study in rats showed that ficusin, an extract from fig leaves, improves insulin sensitivity and has other antidiabetic properties. And a 2003 animal study showed that fig extract can contribute to diabetes treatment by normalizing blood fatty acid and vitamin E levels.
- In some folk medicine traditions, figs are used to treat a variety of skin issues, such as eczema, vitiligo, and psoriasis. There haven’t been any conclusive, scientific studies, but anecdotal evidence and preliminary research show promise.
- Figs are a good source of many enriching vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Improving your overall health often balances your skin and helps with your circulation. If you feel like your skin is better when you eat more figs, enjoy! Your body will thank you, and your skin might, too.
- Figs are a popular ingredient in many shampoos, conditioners, and hair masques. The fruit is believed to strengthen and moisturize hair and promote hair growth. Scientific research on the benefits of figs for hair is lacking, but there’s some evidence that some of the vitamins and minerals may help keep your hair healthy. One study looked at the role of zinc and copper in hair loss. A deficiency in either mineral is believed to contribute to hair loss. Zinc is thought to speed up hair follicle recovery. Study results confirmed that hair loss may be linked to zinc deficiency, but not copper. A later study reviewed the nutrition of women with hair loss during menopause. The study indicates that several nutrients found in figs help keep hair healthy. They include Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium, B Vitamins, and Vitamin C.
- This fragrant spice is very high in the compound cinnamaldehyde, giving the spice both its distinct flavor and scent, which scientists believe is responsible for its powerful effects on health and metabolism.
- Loaded with powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols*. They have numerous health benefits that may offer protection from the development of cancers, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.
- Cinnamon can be used as or considered to be a natural food preservative.
- The antioxidants in cinnamon have anti-inflammatory effects, which may help lower your risk of disease.
- Cinnamon may improve some key risk factors for heart disease, including cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.
- Cinnamon has been shown to significantly increase sensitivity to the hormone insulin.
- Cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels, having a potent anti-diabetic effect at 1–6 grams or 0.5–2 teaspoons per day.
- Cinnamon may have beneficial effects on neurodegenerative diseases.
- Animal and test-tube studies indicate that cinnamon may have protective effects against cancer.
- Cinnamaldehyde has antifungal and antibacterial properties, which may reduce infections and help fight tooth decay and bad breath.
Star Anise – www.webmd.com
- People try taking star anise for respiratory tract infections, lung swelling (inflammation), cough, bronchitis, the flu (influenza), swine flu, and bird flu.
- They also use it for digestive tract problems including upset stomach, gas, loss of appetite, and colic in babies.
- Some women use star anise for increasing the flow of breast milk, promoting menstruation, and easing childbirth.
- Star anise is also used for increasing sexual drive (libido) and treating symptoms of “male menopause.”
- Some people inhale star anise to treat respiratory tract congestion.
Ginger Root – Healthline Evidence-based
- Ginger, a popular spice, contains gingerol, a substance with powerful medicinal properties. It is high in gingerol, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- 1-1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea. This applies to sea sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery and morning sickness.
- Ginger appears to be effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
- There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, which is a very common health problem.
- Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.
- Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
- Ginger appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period.
- There is some evidence, in both animals and humans, that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels.
- Ginger contains a substance called 6-gingerol, which may have protective effects against cancer.
- Studies suggest that ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain. It can also improve brain function in elderly women.
- Gingerol, the bioactive substance in fresh ginger, can help lower the risk of infections.
- In fact, ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria. It is very effective against the oral bacteria linked to inflammatory diseases in the gums, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
- Fresh ginger may also be effective against the RSV virus, a common cause of respiratory infections.