Health Benefits Of Cherries

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Cherries are a wonderful source of vitamins and nutrients and can have a strong impact on your health, plus they are quite yummy! Unfortunately, they are in season for a very short period of time, meaning most people do not reap their benefits often. Consider drinking cherry juice concentrate regularly when the fruit is not in season.

Anti-inflammatory

The strong anti-inflammatory effect of cherries is probably their most popular benefit. The antioxidant anthocyanin is found in cherries, which is a known anti-inflammatory. These anti-inflammatory effects can be beneficial to those suffering from or at risk of heart disease, arthritis, and gout. Also, cherries can be an effective way to reduce post-workout muscle pain.

Natural Sleep Aid

Cherries contain the hormone and antioxidant melatonin. Melatonin is the chemical that helps the body regulate sleep cycles. Adding a regular amount of melatonin to your diet can help you develop better sleep habits.

Beta-Carotene

Cherries, especially tart cherries, are a great source of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted in the body into Vitamin A. Beta-carotene is known to neutralize free radicals in the body, which, protect against cancer. It is also beneficial to skin and eye health since, beta-carotene has anti-aging properties.

Fiber

Eating whole cherries is an excellent source of fiber. Diets high in fiber lead to better digestive and colon health. Fiber also slows the glycemic effects of meals, preventing blood sugar spikes; this is very beneficial to diabetics.

This post is meant for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice from your physician, doctor or health care professional. Please read our terms of use for more information.

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