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11 Health Benefits of Cherries

11 Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries are delicious, beautiful, and in season now! National Cherry Day is on July 16th in the UK. Eat this superfruit before its short growing season comes to an end.

When you eat cherries, you enjoy much more than just their amazing taste. They’re packed with antioxidants and offer many health benefits, including help with insomnia, joint pain and belly fat. Cherries could be just what the doctor ordered.

Here are 11 good reasons to start eating this powerfood today!

The Health Benefits of Cherries

11 Health Benefits of Cherries

1. Protection from Diabetes

Sweet cherries have a lower glycemic index of 22, lower than apricots (57), grapes (46), peaches (42), blueberries (40) or plums (39). This makes them a better choice of a fruit snack compared with many other fruits, especially for diabetics.

2. Helps You Sleep Better

Tossing and turning at night? †Cherry juice to the rescue! Drink cherry juice 30 minutes after waking and 30 minutes before your evening meal. In a†study, participants boosted their melatonin intake by following this routine. Cherries are a good source of melatonin.They have also been found to help with jet lag.

Note: there is a higher level of melatonin in tart cherries compared to sweet cherries.

“There’s no diet list I’ll follow that would rule out a cherry.” – Edgar A. Guest

3. Decreases Belly Fat

Tart cherries reduced belly fat in a study.†Researchers found rats that were fed whole tart cherry powder, in a high fat diet, didn’t gain as much weight or build up as much body fat as rats that didn’t.

4. Helps Ward of Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association includes cherries as one of the memory boosting foods because they are rich in antioxidants.

5. Reduces Risk of Stroke

Tart cherries provide cardiovascular benefits. The anthocyanins, which are the pigments giving  tart cherries its red color, may activate PPAR which regulates genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism and thus, reduce risk factors for high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes. РResearch University of Michigan Health System.

6. Slows the Aging of Skin

Cherries have the highest antioxidant level of any fruit. Antioxidants help the body fight the free radicals that make us look old. Drinking one glass of tart cherry juice daily slows down the aging process, according to Scientists from the Michigan State University. Cherry juice is also recommended as an alternative treatment for other skin conditions.

7. Lowers Risk of Gout Attacks

Eating cherries lowers risk of gout attacks by 35 percent in a study with 633 gout patients, done by by Yuqing Zhang, professor of medicine and public health at Boston University. Gout patients who consumed cherries over a two-day period had a 35 percent lower risk of gout attacks, compared to those who did not eat the cherries. “Our findings indicate that consuming cherries or cherry extract lowers the risk of gout attack, the gout flare risk continued to decrease with increasing cherry consumption, up to three servings over two days.” said Zhang.

8. Reduces Muscle Pain

A cup and a half of tart cherries or one cup of tart cherry juice can reduce muscle inflammation and soreness studies suggest. A group of marathon runners drank tart cherry juice twice daily for seven days before their race. The group who drank the cherry juice group experienced less muscle pain after the race than those who drank another fruit drink.

“My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms — will it return to my body when they scatter?” †- Kotomichi

9. Good for the Heart

Cherries are very high in potassium, which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure and reduces the risk of hypertension. The phytosterols in cherries help reduce bad cholesterol levels.

10. Helps with osteoarthritis relief

The pain and discomfort of swollen joints were reduced when tart cherry juice was consumed twice a day for three weeks in a†study of twenty women ages 40 to 70 with inflammatory osteoarthritis.

11. †Helps to Prevent Colon Cancer

Substances in tart cherries can reduce the formation of the carcinogenic chemicals that develop from the charring of hamburger.†Researchers added tart cherries to ground beef patties. “The fat contents of the cherry patties were, as expected, lower than that of the control patties, whereas the moisture contents were greater. †Cherry tissue will not only slow down the oxidation deterioration of meat lipids, but will also substantially reduce the formation of heterocyclic aromatic amines.” – J. Ian Gray, PhD, Professor of Food Science at Michigan State.

Now you have many good reasons (11 to be exact!) reasons to eat cherries. I eat cherries every day when they’re in season.

Last year I was given a few big boxes of cherries, so I needed to get creative. I froze them, dried them and cooked some up, putting them in jars. I then created a few more yummy recipes that you can learn below.

Cherry Recipes:

Cherry Vegan Pudding: This raw cherry pudding is so easy to make and great for a hot summer day.

Chocolate Cherry Vegan Ice Cream: Can you think of a better combination than chocolate and cherries? The answer may be chocolate and cherry ice cream.

Note: All the recipes at Real Food For Life are white sugar free, gluten free and super healthy. Check out the other healthy Powerfoods that make these recipes so healthy, balanced and powerful.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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12:18AM PDT on Aug 14, 2015

Thank you

12:27PM PDT on Aug 2, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

3:32AM PDT on Jul 3, 2015

I eat lot's of cherries, I love them and feel relaxed. we grow them @ http://agrifarming.in

6:49PM PDT on Jun 29, 2015

I LOVE cherries! But it seems that if you want the health benefits you have to eat or drink tart cherries. I'll just let nature take its course there's no way I'm going to eat or drink tart cherries. ICK!

5:28AM PDT on Jun 22, 2015

Thank you! i can't get enough cherries ~ i just love them. It's not a fable, either: they really do help as an anti-inflammatory ~ i think they just might be arthritis' nemesis! Mom wants to bake pies, but we end up eating them, while she chooses to make a rhubarb/ strawberry pie instead. So then we get to eat the cherries while the "fixings" are being done to make the other. [We call them pies, but neither of us like the crust; so for texture and keeping the liquids where they ought to be kept in the baking process, we use the graham cracker crust - and usually just eat the fruity parts of the dessert. Cherries are in season and on sale right now, so i've got the impetus to run right out and buy a few bags - since that's how the grocer packages them. Oh how i long for that beautiful cherry tree we had. it was lovely to climb and nestle away many summer hours tucked on its branches, book in hand. Look at the wonderful memories they conjure up -- they must be good for cognitive recollection as well. That's my excuse, and i'm sticking with it - so i can get cherries every other day if need be! Thanks for the informative article - i never realized there were so very many variety of cherries!

4:22AM PDT on Jun 22, 2015

I had a cherry tree outside my Br window growing up. not only was it breathtakingly beautiful in the spring, I looooved grazing on the cherries delicious!

4:27AM PDT on Jun 17, 2015

Treasure our natural wealth

6:15AM PDT on Jun 13, 2015

Thank you

3:16AM PDT on Jun 13, 2015

thanks

5:56AM PDT on Aug 3, 2014

Thank you!

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