The mighty cherry we pack into pies, or smother with cream and syrup or to decorate confectionary
When we think of cherries one of the first things that pop into our heads is that warm cherry pie with its sweet puff pastry crust and usually accompanied by cream or ice-cream.
Another fond image of this small plump juicy fruit is that of the maraschino cherry is commonly used to decorate some form of confectionary or drink.What most fail to realize is that little fruit is packed full of healthy goodness.
7 health benefits of the cherry
#1 Anti-inflammatory. The tart cherries (the less sweet ones) have higher anti-inflammatory properties than found in any other food compounds.
#2 Fat reduction. One study showed that rats that got fed tart cherries did not get as much body fat as those on the same fatty diet that did not get the cherries.
#3 Antioxidant. Cherries are a powerful antioxidant containing the compound bioflavonoids which inhibit the breakdown of Vitamin C in the body to ensure maximum absorption ensuring the full benefits of the vitamin.
#4 Relief from painful arthritis. Because cherries contain power anti-inflammatory compounds some studies pointed towards cherries reducing pain in a woman with osteoarthritis and between 20 to 25 % reduction in the pain.
#5 Aid in preventing and reducing the pain of stiff muscles. It is thought that cherries may not only be a powerful anti-inflammatory but may also protect muscles from tension, stress and pain during a hard workout
#6 Less risk of a stroke. Some researchers have also said that this healthy little fruit could lower a person’s risk of having a stroke.
#7 May prevent cancer. Due to the content of a compound called anthocyanin, this little fruit is an excellent source of the power antioxidant cyanidin which has been said to reduce the risk of cancer.
There is a lot of healthy goodness in the little cherry, which interestingly has been enjoyed by people all around the world for centuries. It is thought that they may have originally come from Asia. Trees take fifteen years to reach maturity, in one season a single tree can produce more than eighty pounds of fruit in one year.