Health and beauty benefits of sweet cherries

Health benefits of sweet cherries

Beautiful sweet cherries (Prunus avium) are a wonderfully delicious cousins of the tart (sour) cherries (Prunus cerasus). Low calorie cherries have a healthy side too, they are packed with antioxidants and dietary fibers.

So, you better eat this superfruit packed with health benefiting nutrients before its short growing season ends in the blink of an eye, and enjoy much more than just their vibrant color and amazing taste. They are also the only natural source of melatonin, a substance that helps control your sleep and wake cycles.

So add a little zing to your diet and eat raw sweet cherries and they are going to help you with: diabetes, arthritis, insomnia, stroke prevention, belly fat reduction, Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, high blood pressure, digestion, gout attack prevention, ocular hypertension, muscle pain, osteoarthritis, colon cancer prevention, oral infections and bad breath.
Beauty benefits of sweet cherries

3 Interesting facts about sweet cherries

1

Bluish discolouration around cherries in a baked product

Did you ever notice discolouration around cherries in your cake and wonder why is it blue? Well, this is due to chemical reaction between cherries and baking powder. To prevented this from happening use sour cream instead of milk or add an acidic element like lemon juice.

2

Don’t eat sweet cherry pits

Sweet cherry pits can be poisonous because they contain cyanogenic acids. But you should not be worried as long as you don’t break the pits, because cyanogenic acid is contained inside of cherry pits, and small quantities of cyanide compounds are not dangerous.

3

Only buy the ripe sweet cherries

Sweet cherries are nonclimacteric fruits, what this mean is that they do not ripen once they are picked from the tree. Therefore, you should purchase only ripe ones. You can recognize ripe sweet cherries by their sweetest taste and firm body.

Cherry juice is a natural pain reliever

According to study, anthocyanins (which gives cherries their color) found in cherries have been found to inhibit enzymes involved in the creation of inflammations and pain. Cherry juice is very popular among athletes because it’s a natural way to relieve pain, reduce muscle soreness and shorten recovery.

Eat cherries for healthy brain

One cup of cherries a day may be the key to a brighter brain. Cherries contain melatonin, an antioxidant that improves brain function and prevents memory loss. This brain food is also having positive effects on insomnia, headaches and sleep patterns.

Cherries are natural gout treatment

For patients suffering from gout there is natural treatment known as cherries. Researchers have found that eating sweet cherries on regular basis can reduce pain associated with gout, reduce inflammation and prevent gout attacks.

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Cherry blast

This wonderful smoothie will also benefit your health. Traditionally, cherries and pineapple are used to help with gout inflammation and relief of the pain caused by it.
Ingredients:
1 cup cherries, pitted
½ cup pineapple, chopped
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon grounded almonds
Preparation:
Add cherries, pineapple and honey into blender and blend short time. Let it cool in the refrigerator or add some crushed ice in the serving glass. Pour the mixture into glass and sprinkle with grounded almonds.

cherry blast for health

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