Protects Against Diabetes
Cherries have a low glycemic index of 22 which makes them a better snack than many fruits, especially good for diabetics.
Promotes Better Sleep
Drink cherry juice 30 minutes after waking and 30 minutes before your evening meal. Cherries are a good source of melatonin, which helps regulate sleep cycles. Cherry juice has also been found to help with jet lag.
Decreases Belly Fat
Tart cherries are rich in the plant chemical anthocyanin. Not only does this chemical give the cherries their bright color, but it also helps you burn belly fat.
Helps Ward Off Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s Association has cherries as one of the memory boosting foods because they are rich in antioxidants.
Reduces Risk of Stroke
Tart cherries provide cardiovascular benefits. The anthocyanins, which are the pigments giving tart cherries its red color, may activate PPAR (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors) which regulates genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism. This helps reduce the risk of high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.
Slows the Aging of Skin
Cherries have the highest antioxidant level of any fruit. Antioxidants help the body fight the free radicals which make us look aged. Drinking one glass of tart cherry juice daily can aid in slowing down the aging process.
Lowers Risk of Gout Attacks
Eating cherries lowers risk of gout attacks by 35 percent in a study with 633 gout patients, done by by Yuqing Zhang, professor of medicine and public health at Boston University. Gout patients who consumed cherries over a two-day period had a 35 percent lower risk of gout attacks, compared to those who did not eat the cherries. “Our findings indicate that consuming cherries or cherry extract lowers the risk of gout attack, the gout flare risk continued to decrease with increasing cherry consumption, up to three servings over two days,” said Zhang.
Reduces Muscle Pain
A cup to a cup and a half of tart cherries or tart cherry juice can reduce muscle inflammation and soreness studies suggest.
Helps Regulate Blood Pressure
Cherries are very high in potassium, which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure and helps reduce the risk of hypertension. The phytosterols in cherries help reduce bad cholesterol levels.
Helps with osteoarthritis relief
Drinking tart cherry juice has helped aid in the pain and discomfort of swollen joints in osteoarthritis patients.
Helps to Prevent Colon Cancer
Flavonoids in tart cherries do at lot for your health. These antioxidants are a key factor in preventing colon cancer, as well as offering other health benefits.
So those are just a few really amazing reasons you should be adding cherries into your daily routine! They are delicious and healthy, what more could you ask for?! 🍒