Is there anything more inviting, more pleasing to the eyes than a striking bowl of cherries?
Before you can give a smart aleck answer, I’ll beat you to it: Yes, two bowls of cherries.
Cherries are still in season, and they not only go down easily, they also are loaded with health benefits. Grab a handful or two and read on.
1. Cherries Are a Natural Source of Antioxidants
Usually we make you wait for antioxidants to make an appearance in our blogs, but we’re going to lead with our old friends.
Cherries are a natural source of antioxidants, those trusted compounds that work to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cell damage and are linked to the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Consuming foods rich in antioxidants, like cherries, can help reduce the risk of these diseases.
Not only that, cherries are also a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber.
2. Cherries Can Help Improve Sleep Quality
If you’re looking for a natural way to improve your sleep quality, consider reaching for a bowl of cherries.
According to The Sleep Foundation, cherries contain compounds that can help promote better sleep. One study found that participants who drank cherry juice for two weeks reported significantly higher levels of melatonin, a hormone that plays an important role in regulating the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
Maybe cherries should be called cherriezzzzz. Get it?
3. Cherries Can Reduce Inflammation and Pain
Cherries can also be a remedy for pain and inflammation.
Cherries contain anthocyanin, another compound with anti-inflammatory properties. In some instances, cherries have relieved symptoms related to arthritis and gout. In addition, the antioxidants found in cherries may reduce pain and swelling.
4. Cherries Are a Good Source of Fiber
Cherries aren’t just a good source of fiber; they’re one of the best among foods.
In fact, just a handful of cherries contains more fiber than a whole bowl of bran flakes. And unlike bran flakes, cherries are actually delicious.
Why is fiber important?
It’s essential for proper digestion, and it helps reduce cholesterol levels and control blood sugar levels. Fiber also makes you feel fuller longer, so it can help with weight loss.
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