Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and for good reason, not only do these delicious red morsels taste like heaven, but they’re also packed with nutrients. This list breaks down 6 amazing health benefits of cherries and why they are a staple in my kitchen.
- They aid in restful sleep- We all have those nights when we are tossing and turning, but did you know keeping cherries on hand can help you? Cherries are an incredible source of melatonin, which is a hormone that helps promote restful sleep and wake cycle. If you are trying to regulate your sleep cycle try drinking a glass of cherry juice when you first wake up and 30 minutes before you go to sleep.
- Helps fight aging- Cherries help you age gracefully by having the highest antioxidant level of any fruit. Antioxidants help your body fight free radicals which can age the skin quickly. Drink a glass of cherry juice, or eat a few as a snack. Notice a different in the vibrancy of your skin after only a week of adding cherries into your beauty routine and diet.
- Reduce muscle pain- The antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits of cherries helps to reduce muscle pain. To test these benefits try drinking a glass of tart cherry juice before your next exercise routine. After testing this myself, I noticed a decrease in muscle pain after going for my run.
- Packed with Vitamins- Cherries contain vitamin A, vitamin B and minerals like calcium and phosphorus (which makes cherries very good for the brain). Not only are cherries really yummy, but they are also rich in vitamins.
- Reduces inflammation- In recent studies by Mercola you can see that cherries were very effective at decreasing inflammation. The more cherries you eat, the more effective it is.
“In a study of over 600 people with gout, those who ate only a ½-cup serving of cherries a day, the equivalent of about 10 or 12 cherries, or consumed cherry extract, had a 35 percent lower risk of a subsequent gout attack.Those who ate more cherries, up to three servings in two days, had an even lower, 50 percent reduction in risk.”*
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