As well as tasting great, cherries are great for your health as they are a superfruit high in antioxidants (anthocyanins and bioflavonoids), fibre, potassium, and vitamin A, C, and K.
Protect against Alzheimers – flavonoids and procyanidin can help guard neuronal cells reducing oxidant stress and fighting dementia.
Discourage Diabetes – Anthocyanin may reduce insulin resistance and increase glucose tolerance. Cherries have a low glycaemic index of 29 (lower is better) compared to apricots at 57, and grapes at 46.
Reduce Inflammation – Pytochemicals inhibit inflammation-causing enzymes, reducing pain from arthritis, injury and other inflammatory conditions.
Fight cardiovascular disease – Anthocyanin also reduces inflammation, plaque and nitric oxide keeping your heart strong and healthy. Quercetin fights against free radicals, helping to prevent heart disease.
Help prevent cancer – Fibre + vitamin C + carotenoids + anthocyanins makes a powerful anti-cancer team. Quercetin and cyanidin assist by helping to reduce free radicals.
Guard against hypertension and stroke – Potassium may reduce these risks and cherries have more potassium (270mg) than strawberries (254mg) or apples (148mg).
Get a better night’s sleep – cherries are high in melatonin, a hormone that controls the sleep and waking cycle.