When was the last time you ate a cherry?
As “America’s super fruit,” cherries offer the vital nutrition for a long and healthy life. One cup of cherries contains 90 calories with an ample supply of fiber, protein, and vitamin A and C.
If you’re not eating cherries, you’re missing out on the fantastic health benefits that cherries have to offer.
These tasty fruits are often overshadowed by fruits like the popular banana and traditional apple. This is truly unfortunate, so I think it’s time the health benefits of all cherries, both tart and sweet, are well known!
Health Benefits Of Cherries
Sweet cherries have a high content of potassium that is a natural blood-pressure reducer. Potassium stabilizes fluids in the body, which offsets the blood-pressure-raising effects of sodium. Studies have suggested that people eating potassium-rich foods, like sweet cherries, have less hypertension. Cherries also contain quercetin, which is an antioxidant that can help keep blood vessels calm and limber.
Sweet cherries contain beta carotene, vitamin C, anthocyanins and quercetin—these nutrients can work synergistically to help fight cancer. Anthocyanin cyanidin might help stop genetic mutations that can cause cancer and prevent cancer cells from growing out of control. As cherries ripen, they produce more antioxidants so the darker its hue the better.
Tart cherries have a natural source of melatonin, which is a hormone that lowers body temperature and helps you to fall asleep easily. It promotes deep and restful sleep that enables the body to rejuvenate and restore in the night.
Cherries contain anthocyanin and various antioxidants that have been linked to lower risks of blood clotting that may cause stroke and thrombosis. They prevent hardening of the arteries and improve on blood circulation that also help reverse issues of blood pressure, glucose and high cholesterol levels.
Tart cherries have certain properties that help increase fat burning and may decrease stored fat.
Cherries contain quercetin, which is a flavonoid that has anti-carcinogenic properties. They might help to heal damaged lesions which might cause tumors in the colon.
Cherries are high in antioxidants that help the body neutralize free radicals that cause the body to age. Tart cherry juice consumed daily can help slow down the aging process and is recommended for improving skin conditions and many other ailments.
Ease muscle soreness:
Tart cherries are rich in antioxidants that can protect against attacks by exercise-induced free radicals that often lead to painful inflammation if uncared for.