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Cherries

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Summertime in Australia means cherries are in seasons! Fresh cherries are a wonderful option to include not only on special occasions, but more regularly. Even a cup daily is recommended. Take advantage of the cherries’ health benefits while they are fresh. This is great news for cherry lovers out there; but if you’re not, keep reading about these amazing little red ‘super-fruits’.

Fresh is preferred but the dried or frozen varieties are an option when they are not in season. Also, cherry juice or cherry juice concentrate contributes to health benefits too.

Virtually no fat, cherries offer amazing health benefits:

  • Heart healthy – encourages healthy cardiovascular benefits.
  • Promotes healthy immune system.
  • Improves joint function.
  • Speeds post-exercise recovery.
  • Natural pain relief.
  • Natural anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Regulates sleep-wake cycle.
  • Prevention of memory loss.
  • Anti-cancer.

Cherries are rich in antioxidants. They assist in reducing the risk factors for heart disease and even cancer. Antioxidants are essential in reducing and clearing the body of free radical damage. One of the many antioxidants that cherries contain is anthocyanin, which is responsible for the red colour in cherries. They also contain fibre, vitamins, and minerals.

Studies show links from cherries to the relief and prevention of pain associated with inflammation in arthritis and even gout.

There are increasing sports nutritionist using tart cherries in helping athletes to increase performance and aid in recovery from heavy training, which can lead to damaging effects on the body if not handled properly.

Cherries contain melatonin which has been found to help regulate the body’s circadian rhythms, improve sleep and even aid with jet lag.

So feel free to indulge this summer as the health benefits of cherries are numerous and start living that healthy lifestyle!

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