WHY ARE CHERRIES GOOD FOR YOU?

Cherries do well everywhere — on the cake, in a fruit salad and on a tart. Their beautiful color and delicious taste is indeed great, but their nutritional value far outweighs these superficial factors. This fruit is a super food because it’s jam-packed with antioxidants and vitamins.

There are many more reasons why cherries are good for you.

  1. They burn your fat

Surprisingly, eating a handful of cherries everyday revs up your metabolism and helps you burn fat faster. Thanks to the nutrient-rich cherries, now you can enjoy their taste and get fit simultaneously.

  1. They slow skin-aging

High antioxidant level of cherries makes them one of the best fruits for staying youthful. Cherries flush off all the body’s toxins and free radicals — and in fact, cherry juice is a great cure for many skin conditions too.

  1. They control blood pressure

The high potassium content of cherries helps regulate cardiovascular health by keeping blood pressure in range and managing the heart rate. Hence, they decrease the risk of hypertension and even stroke.

  1. They help with sleep

These red beauties are a rich source of melatonin and help regulate sleep cycle. A study has concluded that drinking cherry juice 30 minutes before evening meal and 30 minutes in morning after waking up can be extremely beneficial for insomniacs.

  1. They prevent diabetes

Not only do cherries prevent diabetes, they also serve as a great fruit choice for people with diabetes. This is because cherries have a comparatively low glycemic index of 22. It makes cherries a top choice for all people — diabetics and non-diabetes alike.

  1. They cure muscular pain

Many studies have concluded that drinking cherry juice or consuming more cherries, especially after a muscular injury, promotes healing. This is because cherries tend to decrease inflammation and soreness of muscles.

  1. They avoid colon cancer

As surprising as it may sound, cherries decrease level of carcinogens in the body. They do so by decreasing the formation of heterocyclic aromatic amines and other lipid by-products that form due to over-consumption of charred meat meals.

Cherries are great for you, and there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t eat more cherries. Top them off on every dessert and eat a bunch as your favorite snack. Enjoy!

Johanna Oosterwijk N.D.

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