Cherries are the ultimate rare treat with many health benefits. Bursting with antioxidants, essential vitamins and nutrients, they are chock-full of the good stuff and an indulgent snack that’s good for you.
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We enlist a few reasons that why you should be eating them more religiously this year:
|Anthocyanins: A powerful antioxidant, anthocyanins are found in pigment and cherries are pigment-rich fruits. The darker the fruit, the better they are for you, as these are the source of fruit and vegetables’ rich, dark colours. These compounds are crammed with anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer properties.|
|Fibre: About ten cherries will provide the body with 1.4 grams of fibre, which is nearly 10 percent of an adult’s RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance).|
|Potassium: Cherries are extremely high in heart-healthy potassium, which regulates heart rate and blood pressure and reduces the risk of hypertension and stroke, while promoting the heart and kidneys to function properly.|
|Antioxidants: Cherries are exceptionally rich in antioxidants such as lutein, zaexanthin and beta carotene. These compounds act as protective scavengers against harmful free radicals that play a role in aging, cancers and various diseases.|
|Essential Vitamins: There’s no need to pop vitamin pills if you’re feeling poorly. One cup of cherries provides 10.8mg of Vitamin C alongside beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin B6 and vitamin K. These vitamins are essential for collagen formation in the blood vessels, blood, muscles and bones.|
|Phytosterols: Phytosterols, also known as plant sterols, occur naturally in cherries. These help to reduce 'bad' cholesterol levels (LDL) to lower the risk of cancer, and stimulate the immune system.|
Low in calories: One cherry is just four calories, so there’s no need to feel guilty about finishing off a bag in one go.
|Melatonin: Feeling tried but having trouble sleeping? Cherries are a rich food source of the hormone melatonin, which promotes healthy circadian rhythm and sleep patterns. |