Cherries are not only one of the healthiest fruits, they also rank as one of the most health protective foods overall. One cup of cherries contains less than 100 calories and 15% of your daily vitamin C needs. But here are five more reasons why this stone fruit is nutritional superstar.
Cherries are full of antioxidants
Cherries are a very potent source of antioxidants and anti inflammatory compounds. These cellular bodyguards slow down the aging process and ward off chronic illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes and obesity.
Support healthy sleep
Cherries contain natural melatonin, which is a powerful antioxidant and free radical that helps “cool down” excess inflammation and associated oxidative stress. It also plays a vital role in sleep and bodily regeneration. Research suggests that consuming cherry juice not only helps increase your melatonin levels but may also improve time in bed, total sleep time and sleep efficiency.
Reduce post exercise muscle pain
Athletes who consumed tart cherry juice prior to long distance running experienced less pain than those who did not. Its thought that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of tart cherries may have a protective effect to reduce muscle damage and pain during strenuous exercise.
Helps regulate blood pressure
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.
Lower the risk of a stroke
Consuming cherries may activate PPAR (peroxisome proliferator activating receptors) In your boyds tissue, which help regulate genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism. This activation may help to lower your risk of heart disease and research suggests eating cherries may provide similar heart benefits to prescription drugs call PPAR agonists.