Health Benefits of Cherries
The cherry is a stone fruit, in the same family with plums, apricots, and peaches. Cherries, especially sour cherries, have a short growing season. Sweet cherries are generally available between May to August, and sour cherries are available for just a couple of weeks either in mid-June (in warmer areas) or either July-August (in cooler areas).
Cherries are some of the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) foods in existence - the ORAC score of sweet cherries ranks just as high as strawberries (though not quite as high as blueberries)- meaning - the antioxidants in cherries offer powerful protection from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Known for their bright red color, cherries are particularly rich in anthocyanins -compounds linked to reduced inflammation associated with heart disease, arthritis and even muscle cherries - powerful anti-inflammatory benefits shows that drinking tart cherry juice may help runners recover more quickly and effectively from post-race pain. Cherries and cherry juice have been used since the 1950s by sufferers of gout and arthritis to ease their symptoms.
Eating essential amounts of cherries can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Reduction were also seen in triglycerides )fats), atherosclerotic (plaque formation), and C-reactive protein (CRP,inflammatory molecule that is also a marker of cardiovascular disease risk.
A Good Night Sleep
Tart cherries are one of the few rich food sources of the hormone and antioxidant melatonin, which regulates the sleep-wake cycle in the human brain. Tart cherry juice supplementation has been associated with improvements in sleep quality.
A True Super Fruit
- There is a lot going on in these little red beauties and that is what make them America's Super Fruit.
- .Loaded with anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidant linked to their red color, can reduce inflammation, lower bad cholesterol, and decrease belly fat
- .May help ease arthritis pain and gout
- .One ounce of cherry juice contains the daily recommended amounts of antioxidants required to help fight cancer. heart disease and can help control diabetes.
- .Food sources rich in melatonin, a natural body hormone that helps you sleep better and can reduce jet lag
- .Help lower your body fat, thus help you lose weight
When we think about high-antioxidant, health-promoting fruits, sometimes cherries are overlooked. But as you can see here, cherries are an excellent food that benefits the heart, brain, and joints, and may even prevent tumor growth and improve the quality of sleep. Whether baked in a pie, topping ice cream or in your favorite cocktail, cherries are just plain delicious.