Now that cherry season is finally here, enjoy the beneficial effects of this fruit. Discover the health benefits of this delicious early summer fruit below.
There are countless benefits you can enjoy if you eat a lot of cherries. This sweet and intense-colored contains a lot of calories, and it is a very valuable source of nutritional substances, vitamins and minerals that the body needs for proper functioning.
Cherries replace chocolates, candies and cookies and they are a good choice for snack throughout the day.
Cherries – properties and benefits
Advanced studies on the nutritional importance of cherries have revealed that substances on the composition of this crunchy fruit have anti-carcinogenic effects, especially thanks to antioxidants, which fight free radicals and protect body cells of their destroying action.
The pigment antocyanin in cherries, which gives them their intense red color, is renowned for its effect of reducing inflammation and pain, regulating the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, and reducing the risk of heart diseases and diabetes.
Cherry consumption is associated with reducing the risk of gout, a very painful disease. Due to the antioxidants that they contain. Besides, cherries can improve from muscular fever after intense physical effort.
At the same time, cherries can have miraculous effects on the functioning of the brain, preventing the onset of some neurodegenerative illnesses such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Antioxidants, minerals, ellagic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, bioflavonoids, melatonin and antocyanin make this fruit a true source of health.
Cherry consumption is associated with a better sleep
Melatonin is an antioxidant which is excellent for soothing the nervous system and it is useful in the treatment of insomnia, neurosis, anxiety, and migraines. Therefore, if you would like to fall asleep faster and have a more restful sleep, it is enough to eat several cherries.
Besides minerals such as potassium, iron, copper, zinc, and manganese help maintaining a normal cardiac rhythm and they are also key elements for the efficient transportation of nutritive substances to vital organs.
Vitamin A in the composition of cherries is excellent for the skin. Besides, cherries contain a lot of beta-carotene, an important nutrient for a strong immune system and a glowing skin. Cherries contain up to 20 times more beta-carotene than strawberries and blueberries.
Cherries contain over 75% water, which makes them ideal in weight-loss cures because they contain few calories (63 kcal per 100 g) and they can prevent dehydration, provide a sense of fullness thanks to soluble fibers in their composition and lower the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood.
What you must remember, however, is that you should not eat too many cherries, as any food consumed in excess, whether healthy or not, has a fattening effect.
Source: health.com, webmd.com, medicalnewstoday.com