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Want to improve BP and heart health, eat pears regularly

India TV Lifestyle Desk 09 Apr 2016, 14:40:27 IST
India TV Lifestyle Desk

New York: Eating pears on the regular basis may help you in improving your blood pressure and heart health, a new study says. 

Mets is a cluster of major cardiovascular risk factors highly linked to the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. 

Pears are an excellent source of fibre and a very good source vitamin C. One medium pear provides 24 percent of daily fibre needs.

According to the researchers, mets is a cluster of major cardiovascular risk factors highly linked to the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes. 

The total of 50 participants aged between 45 and 65 year with three of the five symptoms of Mets were analysed. 

They were randomly assigned to receive either two medium-sized fresh pears or 50 g pear-flavoured drink mix (placebo) per day for 12 weeks.

The randomised, placebo-controlled crossover clinical trial evaluated the antihypertensive effects of fresh pear consumption in middle-aged participants with Mets.

The findings showed that after 12 weeks of fresh pear consumption in 36 participants, their systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure were significantly lower than baseline levels, whereas there were no changes in the control group.

"These initial results are very promising and we feel it is important to explore the potential for functional foods such as pears to improve cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure in affected middle-aged adult," said led author Sarah A Johnson from Colorado State University in the US.

"Age-related vascular dysfunction has been shown to be accelerated in individuals with metabolic syndrome and contributes to these increases in blood pressure," Johnson added.

Further research is needed to confirm the antihypertensive effects of fresh pears as well as to assess their impact on vascular function.

A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including pears, provides beneficial micronutrients, vitamins, dietary fibre, potassium, phytochemicals, the researchers suggested.

(With IANS inputs)