“Plant pears for your Heir.” How can pears strengthen both your bones and your relationships? Follow along as I share with you some of my anti-aging tips from my Doctor Lynn’s Anti-Aging Yoga Dance online class.
What Fruit Will Strengthen Your Bones and Your Relationships?
There is an old English Proverb that says, “Plant pears for your heirs.” This is because a fruit bearing pear trees can live for fifty or more years. The tree symbolizes the building of a long and strong relationship and the fruit, the pear, is an excellent fruit for strengthening your bones.
In Greek mythology, pears were a sacred offering to Hera, the supreme goddess of marriage and childbirth, and to Aphrodite the goddess of love, desire, and beauty. In Roman mythology, pears were a sacred offering to Juno the goddess of marriage and conception, to Venus the goddess of love, and to Pomona the goddess of agriculture. In Europe it was customary to plant a fruit tree at a wedding. It was believed that the longevity of the tree, as well as, its ability to bear fruit, would bring strength to the marriage.
Pears are a great source of the mineral called boron. Like all minerals we must depend upon plants to extract the minerals from the ground and then supply us with these essential nutrients when we eat them. Boron is best known commercially as Borax, a cleanser and as a mineral used in making glass. It doesn’t sound like a delectable treat, but boron is needed by the body in order to retain calcium, and calcium is needed to build strong bones. Further, boron supports steroid production, such as estrogen which also helps to prevent bone loss.
Bone loss starts at about age thirty. This is the time that bone mass reaches its peak. Bone loss is not just an old person’s problem. It is cumulative and happens slowly over time. So, keeping the bones strong throughout your life is acting smart and putting prevention before cure. The two most important things we can do to ensure bone strength is to do weight bearing exercises and get needed mineralsthrough our diet.
Are you deficient? Probably you are not. Generally speaking, there isn’t a shortage of boron in humans due to the fact that we only need trace amounts of this mineral. Boron is a trace mineral and not an essential mineral. This means we only need trace amounts for optimal health. Boron is quite plentiful in most fruits and vegetables. So, a well-rounded healthy diet is needed.
Supplementing with boron does not do the trick. That is because boron works synergistically with calcium to deliver strengthening minerals to the bones. It’s a diet rich in boron that works on bone strength and not just supplementing with boron to make up for a poor diet.
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Pears, boron, and bones
Pears are one of the richest sources of boron. Besides boron, pears are an excellent source of water-soluble fiber. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folic acid, and niacin. Pears are also rich in copper, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, chlorine, iron, magnesium, sodium, and sulfur.
Pears likewise have an added benefit because we eat the skin. Its skin is a rich source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients. All nutrients we need to live a long, strong, and healthy anti-aging life.
Some varieties of pears have more iron content than others. This can be seen when a cut pear turns brown. If it doesn\’t turn brown, it means that the iron content is very low, or non-existent. Chinese pears are believed to have the highest medicinal value.
Next time you walk by the pears at the market, buy one for the one you love and one for yourself, and let the pear bring strength and longevity to your relationship and your bones. Our relationships and our bones are the framework for a strong, healthy, and long loving life!
Here is a recipe from my book: Recipes for Health, Sex, Happiness, and Love.
This simple dessert needs to be prepared at least three hours ahead of time and can be made up to three days ahead. Double the recipe each time you add two more persons to the meal.
Poached Pears for two
¼ cup dry Masala wine
¼ cup water
2 Tbsp. of sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/3 vanilla bean, split
4 long strips of orange peel
1 Bosc pear, peeled sliced in half and cored
*** Optional a small scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream
Combine wine, water, sugar, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, and orange peel in a small heavy pan. Bring to a boil over high heat stirring to dissolve sugar. Add pear halves. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover the pot and simmer until pears are tender, turning pears occasionally for about 35 minutes. Using a slotted spoon place the pears in a serving dish. Remove the orange peel and place two strips on top of each pear half. Chill for at least three hours. Serve with a side of vanilla gelato. Make sure to eat the orange peel, it’s divine!
Here’s to your long, healthy, strong, loving, anti-aging life! Catch my next blog, “Got Brain Fog?”
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Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Natural Health and an N.D. with an emphasis in Aromatherapy, herbology, and nutrition. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist and an adjunct Professor at LMU. She is a published author, has appeared on numerous radio shows and TV networks.