The hidden benefits of cherries!
Powerhouses of goodness, there are two types of cherries, sweet and tart, with reports showing tart cherry juice concentrate with the highest antioxidant score of all other fruit or vegetable juices! What’s more, they are delicious – and now in season.
Suffer from high blood pressure? Sweet cherries are a good source of potassium, which can aid in lowering blood pressure, while people on a potassium rich diet tend to suffer from less hypertension. And their goodness doesn’t’ stop here. Quercetin, vitamin C, beta carotene and anthocyanins, they have them all, and can all aid in the prevention of cancer. Quercetin can also aid with keeping the blood vessels relaxed, while studies have shown that anthocyanins could act like an anti-inflammatory agent, helping against chronic diseases, painful muscle conditions and sports injuries.
Can’t sleep? Cherries contain melatonin – a hormone that has been linked with fighting insomnia and jet lag.
For the more athletic – according to the Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition, drinking tart cherry juice can help with post-workout recovery, while the antioxidants found in tart cherries protect against exercise-induced free radicals
No fresh cherries? Use dried unsweetened cherries in muesli, porridge, salads and in baking – or as a snack on their own.
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