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Cherry Health Benefits

Cherry is the fruit of many plants of the genus Prunus, and is a fleshy drupe also known as stone fruit. Although several species of cherries exist, two popular cultivars are wild or sweet-cherry, and sour or tart-cherry.

 

Cherry fruit season lasts from end of May until August in the United States. Fresh ripe cherries have a short shelf life. Cherry fruits are very rich in stable anti-oxidant melatonin.

 

Melatonin can cross the blood-brain barrier easily and produces soothing effects on the brain neurons, calming down nervous system irritability, which helps relieve neurosis, insomnia and headache conditions.

 

Cherries are one of the very low calorie fruits; however, they are rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Cherries have such a sweet flavour; they make a healthy substitute for snacks such as candy or cakes.

 

Antioxidants in cherries may fight free radicals, or unstable molecules that can damage cells in the human body, so it is believed to slow the aging process.

 

Potassium is a heart-healthy mineral; an important component of cell and body fluids that regulate heart rate and blood pressure.

 

Cherry is made up of more than 75 percent water. This water content makes cherries a perfect weight loss food as foods that are high in water and low in calories keep you feeling fuller for a longer period of time than foods and drinks that are higher in calories.

 

Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts. The actual juice from cherries is a potent antibacterial agent that fights tooth decay.

 

‘Cherries are a good source of anthocyanin, which can help enhance memory.

 

The tasty fruit’s anthocyanins helped improve memory and motor function in rats, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, says the USDA and at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, Mass’.

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