Health Benefits Of Cherries You Should Know About

Posted by Kayla Phillips on

 

When it comes to the fruits you consume in your diet plan, one fruit that’s worth it to take a second look at is cherries. Cherries are typically found in the summer months only, and when they’re in season, it’s time to eat up. Loaded with health benefits, these will serve you well in your daily meal plan. 

Cherries are small stone fruits that come in a variety of colors and flavors. There are two major categories — tart and sweet cherries, or Prunus cerasus L. and Prunus avium L., respectively.

Their colors can vary from yellow to deep blackish-red.

All varieties are highly nutritious and packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

One cup (154 grams) of sweet, raw, pitted cherries provides 

  • Calories: 97
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 25 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Vitamin C: 18% of the
    Daily Value (DV)
  • Potassium: 10% of the DV
  • Copper: 5% of the DV
  • Manganese: 5% of the DV

These nutrients, particularly fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, benefit health in many ways. Vitamin C is essential for maintaining your immune system and skin health while potassium is needed for muscle contraction, nerve function, blood pressure regulation, and many other critical bodily processes 

Cherries are also a good source of fiber, which helps keep your digestive system healthy by fueling beneficial gut bacteria and promoting bowel regularity. Plus, they provide B vitamins, manganese, copper, magnesium, and vitamin K.

Here are some of the key reasons why cherries need to be on your grocery list. 

  • Rich In Antioxidants  

Like most fruits, cherries are a great source of antioxidants that will help combat free radical damage and prevent the process of oxidation. As you’re growing older and older, this becomes more important than ever because oxidation is what accelerates aging. 

  • Sleep Boosting Benefits  

Struggling to fall asleep at night? Cherries might just help you. Cherries contain melatonin, which is the hormone that is associated with the circadian rhythm and helps you fall asleep each and every night. Many adults find that as they age, they are left tossing and turning at night, so cherries might just help save the day. 

  • Great For Diabetics  

Cherries, despite containing a good amount of sugar, contain naturally occurring fruit sugar and rank lower on the glycemic index. This means that they won’t impact blood glucose levels as much as other fruits may, which helps keep insulin levels more stabilized. This is great news for those who may be trying to ward off diabetes.  Or, if you already suffer from this condition, they can be a good fruit choice to help you better manage it. 

  • May Provide Relief For Arthritis Sufferers  

One interesting thing about cherries is that studies have actually shown that they may be helpful for those who are suffering from arthritis conditions. They seem to provide temporary relief from the pain associated with arthritis, so if you’re seeking a natural treatment to help provide pain management, this might be it.  

  • They Help Reduce Cholesterol  

Finally, cherries are also a good heart-health fruit. They will help to decrease your overall levels of cholesterol, lowering your risk of heart disease and heart attack. You will need to consider adding cherries (or cherry juice) to your diet on a regular basis in order to see noticeable results, but if you do, you should be positioning yourself for better success.  

So there you have the main reasons why you might want to consider getting cherries into your daily diet. 

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