The Cherry is a fleshy fruit containing a stone of the genus prunus. It is a sweet fruit which is cultivated in America, Europe, Asia among the other places.There are several cultivators of cherries worldwide.
The nutritional value per 100gm serving of cherry has dietary fibre and vitamin C, which are present in moderate content while other vitamins and dietary minerals each supply less than 10% of the Daily Value. Cherries have a versatile character as it has several health benefits, it is also used in various cuisines worldwide.It can be had fresh while plucked, processed into marmalade and jam, added as whole post preserving or dried.
Cherries provide the following health benefits:
1. Fights Cancer
The red pigment in cherries and powerful antioxidants which helps fight the free radicalsThe flavonoid, cyaniding from the anthocyanin group found in cherries is potent for keeping the cancerous cell at bay. Thus brighter the cherry, better it is to combat the dreadful disease.
2. Helps induce sleep
Juice of tart cherry juice just before bed is extremely helpful in inducing sleep. It contains melatonin, a hormone which induces sleep. Only 2 table spoon of tart cherry juice every night should do the magic of putting one to sleep. It also works well for jet lags.
3. For weight loss
Tart cherries work extremely well in reducing belly fat. A cup of cheeries provide only 100 calories while it gives 3gms of fibre which gives a feeling of satiety for long. Vitamin B group such as thiamine, riboflavin and vitamin B6 plays a crucial role in increasing the metabolism of human beings by converting nutrients to energy. Thus a cup of cherry everyday could be your secret to a slim and trim and a healthy body
4. Reduces Muscular pain
Cherries work excellently well in muscle inflammation and soreness. Studies suggest, a cup and a half of tart cherries or one cup of tart cherry juice can reduce muscle inflammation and stiffness by flushing away the accumulated lactic acid build up.
5. Effective for Gout and arthritis
Cherries is helpful in relieving intense pain in patients suffering from Gout or arthritis. The excess uric acid build up causes all the pain, swelling, inflammation and tenderness. With 2 cups of Bing cherries , it can help reduce painful inflammation by reducing the amount of C-reactive protein produced.
6. Helps ward alzeheimer
The alzheimer’s association has mentioned Cherry as one of the most potent memory boosting food due to it’s rich amount of antioxidant content.
7. Delays aging
Due to it’s high content of vitamin C and other antioxidants, cherries have proven to be a powerful product to help delay aging. A glass of tart cherry juice every day can help reduce fines line and wrinkles, keeping the skin smooth, supple and moisturised.
8. For a healthy heart
Cherries are high in potassium content which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure thus reducing the risk of hypertension. The phytosterols in cherries help reduce bad cholesterol levels and triglycerides.
9. Reduces risk of stroke
Cherries have a red pigment, giving tart cherries it’s red color. It has been found to PPAR which regulates genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism thus indirectly, reduces the risk factors for various lifestyle diseases like, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
10. Prevents colon cancer
Studies reveal that the nutrients in cherries have been found potential in combatting specific cancer conditions like colon cancer by reducing the formation of the carcinogenic chemicals.
11. Lowers Blood pressure
Moderate amounts of potassium in cherries help lower the blood pressure count. It flushes away the excess sodium in our body thus maintaining a healthy sodium potassium balance. Result being, preventing cardiac diseases like hypertension. One cup of cherries contain potassium as much as a banana would have.
12. Post exercise pain management
Tart cherries are extremely effective in managing post running or post exercise muscle or joint pain. It has been used by athletes worldwide as a post-exercise recovery juice. The anti inflammatory properties reduces muscle pain and weakness after severe bouts of intense strength training and long distance marathons.
Life is a bowl of cherries. Some cherries are rotten while others are good; its your job to throw out the rotten ones and forget about them while you enjoy eating the ones that are good!
~ C. Joy
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