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Health Benefits Of Eating Cherries

Updated on November 4, 2011

Blackcherry Juice

Eating cherries are benefitual to one's health in many ways. I love telling my health stories first simply because my mom who is turning 70 in 2 weeks is such a big inspiration and a total health fanatic. I usually get plenty of tips from her on what's vitamins and fruits are good for what. Her new kick is cherries and blackcherry juice. Your was telling me about how good blackcherry juice is; I said to her "blackcherry"! Of course, I am familiar with eating blackcherries, but for some reason it never crossed my mind of the benefits of drinking the juice of blackcherries.

Cherries are a low-calorie fruit with plenty of excellent nutritional benefits. Because cherries are sweet and tasty, they’re a smart pick for a healthy snack or an ideal component of a filling breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert.



Cherries’ main nutritional power comes from their juice. Cherries are made up of mostly water; like many healthy fruits, cherries are composed of more than 75 percent water. Their high water content makes cherries an excellent food for weight loss, since low-calorie, high-water foods help you feel fuller than other drinks and foods, and for longer periods of time. Cherries are also a good source of soluble fiber, which also aids weight loss. Soluble fiber also helps reduce cholesterol by escorting it out of your digestive system, slowing intestinal absorption of heart-clogging cholesterol.

Cherries give your skin a nutritional boost. Cherries’ high-water content means that they contribute to overall hydration of the body, which is vital for bright, vibrant, and clear skin. Water helps the body flush away toxins, allows for a smooth flow of nutrients into skin cells, and keeps organs functioning at their best. Skin cells that are well-hydrated are plump and full, which means that the skin appears firmer, clearer, and healthier.

Cherries are rich in several important vitamins and minerals , contributing to their overall nutritional benefit. The vitamin C in cherries is essential for the health of collagen and other connective tissue. Because vitamin C increases bone density, cherries can also help boost bone strength. Eat fresh, uncooked cherries to retain the most vitamin C benefit from them. Cherries also contain vitamin A, a nutrient that’s crucial to vision and eye health. Reduce your risk for cataracts, vision problems, and macular degeneration by introducing cherries as a regular part of your healthy diet. Cherries also contain beta-carotenes, which are critical for skin health and can help protect the skin from sun damage.

 

Another benefit to eating cherries is that they can help the heart. Like most fruit, cherries are also high in potassium, which helps the body get rid of sodium. Potassium helps keep blood pressure low, which is important for limiting the risk for heart attack, stroke, hypertension, and other heart-related illnesses.

Rich in antioxidants, cherries also help ease the pain of arthritis. Because cherries contain bioflavanoids anthocyanidins, which are powerful antioxidants known to reduce inflammation, cherries are a great food choice for arthritis sufferers. Anthocyanidins inhibit the production of inflammatory chemicals like cytokines and prostaglandins, and help remove free radicals from the body that can irritate tissue and cause pain in the joints. The antioxidants in cherries can also help reduce the pain of frequent headaches.

Cherries are also a natural source of melatonin, a neurohormone that has long been linked to sleep. Eating cherries, therefore, can help aid insomnia and other sleep-related disorders.

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  • adrienne2 profile imageAUTHOR

    Adrienne F Manson 

    8 years ago from Atlanta

    You're welcome anginwu HP is a great place to learn and share information.

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    anglnwu 

    8 years ago

    I love cherries too. Several people on HP have told me how cherries help their arthritic pain, so I guess there's some truth to it. Thanks for the very comprehensive hub.

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