NEW YORK — Eating pears regularly may help you in enhancing your blood pressure and heart health, a finds a new study.
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.
For the study, researchers analysed the total of 50 participants aged between 45 and 65 year with three of the five symptoms of Mets.
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.
Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a very good source vitamin C. One medium pear provides 24 percent of daily fiber 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 randomised, placebo-controlled crossover clinical trial evaluated the antihypertensive effects of fresh pear consumption in middle-aged participants with Mets.
“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.
A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including pears, provides beneficial micronutrients, vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium, phytochemicals, the researchers suggested.
Further research is needed to confirm the antihypertensive effects of fresh pears as well as to assess their impact on vascular function.
With IANS inputs
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.