Summer means cherry season. Cherries, one of the favourites in summer prepares your body to fight any virus you might encounter in winter.
- PROMOTE WEIGHT LOSS
By consuming tart cherry juice, or a cherry supplement, you reduce inflammation and lipids in the blood, which lead to heart conditions and weight gain.
- BOOST HEARTH HEALTH
Research done at the University of Michigan suggests that tart cherries provide cardiovascular benefits and can reduce the risk of stroke – without the serious side effects that come with prescribed medications.
- HIGH SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Anthocyanins and cyanidin are two components of cherries that provide powerful antioxidants, making cherries a high-antioxidant food; in fact, a study published in the Journal of Natural Products found that the anthocyanins and cyanidin isolated from tart cherries exhibited better anti-inflammatory activity than aspirin. Cherries also serve as a natural treatment for macular degeneration and glaucoma because of their powerful antioxidants that help prevent eye damage.
- TREAT GOUT
A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism evaluated 633 individuals with gout who were treated with cherry extract over a two-day period.
This cherry treatment was associated with a 35 per cent lower risk of gout attacks. When cherry intake was combined with allopurinol use, prescribed medication for gout and kidney stones, the risk of gout attacks was 75 per cent lower.
- REDUCE INFLAMMATION
In one study, women consumed two servings of sweet cherries after an overnight fast. The blood and urine samples that were taken before and after the cherry dose indicate that cherries decreased inflammation, inhibited inflammatory pathways and lowered plasma urate, which is the salt derived from uric acid.
- HIGH IN POTASSIUM
A cup of cherries fulfils 9 per cent of your recommended daily value of potassium. Potassium reduces the risk of stroke, alleviates hypertension and high blood pressure, reduces muscle cramping, and improves muscle strength.
- TREAT OSTEOARTHRITIS
A study done at the Osteoarthritis Research Center evaluated 58 non-diabetic patients with osteoarthritis who drank two eight-ounce bottles of tart cherry juice daily for six weeks. As a result of the study, WOMAC scores decreased significantly after the tart cherry juice treatment. High sensitivity scores also declined after the cherry treatment – suggesting that the tart cherry juice provided symptom relief for patients with osteoarthritis.
- HELP SLEEP CYCLE
Tart cherry juice contains high levels of phytochemicals, including melatonin, a molecule critical in regulating our sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland, a small gland in the brain; it helps control sleep and wake cycles.
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