African Pear known as Ube in Igbo land is not only a delicious fruit but also good for the health, as it has an amazing taste that blendswith other food. It can be eaten raw or cooked depending on one’s choice.
Most Igbo’s usually eats Ube with boiled or roasted corn, while others eats it with roasted yam, salad , rich , boiled plantain. Ube is rich in carbohydrates, protein, lipids, fixed oil and crude fibre. It also contains moderates amounts of calcium, potassuim ,sodium, magnesium and phosporus. It is also rich inamino acids.
The following are six benefits of African Pear
Promotes Healthy Pregnancy
Nigerian pear contains folate [a B vitamin] called “Folic acid,” which is essential for everyone, especially pregnant women. Part of the reasons why this vitamin is essential for pregnant women is that it helps in creating new cells and producing DNA. Not that alone, the Folic acid in African pears also helps in preventing serious birth defects, including Spina bifida [a neural tube defect when a baby’s spinal cord and brain is unable to develop outright], Encephalocele [a condition which causes a child’s brain to extend through the skull], Anencephaly [a birth defect when a child’s brain and bone is unable to form or develop outright]. These and more are what make Nigerian pears an excellent food for pregnant women, so be sure you consume the fruit regularly.
Lowers High Blood Pressure
Bush pears contain essential minerals such as potassium, which plays a major role in promoting the optimal functioning of the human body. When you consume Bush pears regularly, the potassium content in it will help balance out the negative effects of salt in your body, and thus lowering high blood pressure as well as reducing the risk of stroke. To lower high blood pressure with pears simply eat 4 – 7 portion of this super delicious fruit daily, and you will notice an improvement in your overall wellbeing.
Promotes Healthy Oral Health
Nigerian pear contains a great amount of antimicrobial properties, and for this reason, it is being used in making toothpaste in certain parts of Africa. In addition to that, multiple local studies reveal that these potent properties also play a major role in combating the bacteria, which often causes mouth odor and tooth decay. Therefore, if you are looking for a natural way to handle either of the two mouth conditions, it is recommended you increase your pear fruit intake to quicken the recovery.
Cleanses the Body System
Due to one reason or the other, your body may be harboring various unnecessary organisms which may further result in certain health conditions. However, there’s an effective way you can get rid of those redundant organisms, which is – regular consumption of African pear. This fruit contains some potent antioxidants which help in cleaning unneeded organisms from your body and thus improving your overall wellbeing. In addition to that, African pear is also proven to be excellent in reducing the occurrence of certain diseases while inhibiting the oxidation of other molecules in the body.
Helps in Treating Eye problems
The importance of Vitamin C to the human eye can never be overemphasized as it helps in keeping the eye healthy by enhancing the formation of eye-related connective tissues, protecting the eyes against damaging free radicals, and reducing the risk of cataracts and vision loss. More importantly, Nigerian pear is an excellent source of the aforementioned antioxidant [Vitamin C], which means it will help improve your eyesight while also preventing against eye-related diseases like cataracts and the host of others.
Act as Antioxidants and contains Antimicrobial properties
African Pear or Ube also contain a lot of powerful antioxidants that helps in warding if harmful free radicals from the body. (2) They also have effective antimicrobial properties that prevent the body from contracting diseases.
Lolo Ijeoma Njoku Obinwannem News Writer / June 28, 2022