Cherries are known as a super fruit because of the many health benefits they provide the human body. They contain fibre, protein, vitamin A and vitamin C. One cup of cherries is only 90 calories, and eating them can boost your antioxidant levels. Aside from their vitamin content, studies have shown that cherries may have some more interesting health benefits.
Here are our top reasons that you may want to try including more cherries in your diet:
Cherries can help relieve the symptoms of gout
Boston University conducted a study of 633 individuals who had frequent gout; they were asked to eat cherries for two days before their gout attack. The results showed that eating cherries reduced the attack by 35 percent compared to not eating cherries. When combined with allopurinol, the percentage increased to 75, which means that it is the high levels of antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation.
Try cherries for a better night’s sleep
Melatonin, a hormone found in cherries along with other potentially sleep-boosting compounds, works in our bodies to regulate sleep cycles. Now, some research is suggesting that eating cherries may also help us get a great night’s sleep. In a study conducted on people who drank cherry juice in the morning and in the evening, it was found that they were able to sleep longer and without waking up as much.
Cherries contain natural anti-inflammatory compounds
Inflammation is part of the body’s natural immune response however chronic and acute inflammation can cause pain and other health problems. Cherries contain a high amount of anthocyanins, which are plant compounds known to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body.
Cherries provide an antioxidant boost
With ‘antioxidant’ being the current buzz word when it comes to healthy living, you might be interested in giving cherries a try. As well as having anti-inflammatory effects, anthocyanins are well known to be potent antioxidants, helping to prevent free radical damage.