Hi, I am Mohanadas and welcome to my article on ‘Benefits of Cherries’.
The cherry is a succulent, smooth and red fruit with single seed. This comes under the Rosaceae family and shares attributes common to peaches, almonds, apricots and plums.
It is native to the Northern Hemisphere and thrives in a temperate climate. The name 'cherry' is Latin in origin, derived from cerasum. The widely cultivated varieties include the wild cherry, sweet cherry and the sour cherry. The latter variety is mostly used in cooking. The fruit is mainly grown for consumption.
The fruit is grown extensively in America, the Iberian Peninsula, Baltic States, Scandinavia and Canada. The cherry cultivars are referred to as 'Brooks', 'King', Bing', 'Rainier' and 'Royal Ann'. Traverse City in Michigan, USA, is considered the 'Cherry Capital of the World'. The cherry tree is very revered in Japan. The attractive blossoms are an essential part of spring flower displays. Ornamental cherries like 'Kanzan' are flowering cultivars that flaunt 'double' flowers and are mainly cultivated for decorative value.
Cherries are expensive, but the demand for them remains high. The cost factor generates from required labor for cultivation. The demand for this fruit has increased for the last few decades on account of its health benefits revealed through researches.
The best thing about cherries is that they may be taken in raw or cooked. They are much lower in calories and are a great mid-day snack much healthier than chips or cookies.
Fleshy, red cherries are not only wonderful to look at and delicious to eat, they are also filled with beneficial nutrients. So, if you love cherries, here are some reasons to continue buying this ‘power food’.
1. Cherries are very nutritious – Its nutritive values per 100 gm is as follows:- Vitamin A-620 I.U., Vitamin B(Thiamine)- 0.05 mg, Riboflavin- 0 .06 mg, Niacin- 0.4 mg, Vitamin C- 8 mg, Iron- 4 mg, Calcium- 18 mg, Phosphorus- 20 mg, Fat- 0.5 gm, Carbohydrates- 14.8 gm, Protein- 0.5 gm, Calories- 61.
2. It slows down the aging process - The free radicals are responsible for cell damage in our body. The anti-oxidants present in cherries clean up these free radicals and helps in the slowing down of the process of aging.
3. Cherries help to lower blood sugar levels.
4. They prevent colon cancer and rectal cancer - According to Dr. Raymond Hohl of the University of Iowa, "It appears that cherries shut down the growth of cancer cells by depriving them of the proteins they need to grow and significantly reduce pain due to muscle damage.
5. Reduces pain and inflammation - The anthocyanin red pigment in cherries helps to reduce inflammation and pain due to rheumatoid and arthritis.
6. Good for severe headache - Cherries in concentrated juice form is ten times more powerful than aspirin.
7. Aid in prevention of heart disease. Cherries lower the cholesterol, a contributing factor in heart disease and strokes.
8. It is good for diabetes- Research reveals that people who include this fruit in the daily diet display lower triglycerides and reduces the risk of diabetes.
9. Consumption of cherry is helpful in preventing cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue due to its high vitamin A content.
10. It is also being used as a natural cure for Fibromyalgia Syndrome and certain physiological problems.
11. Cherries contain melatonin, a neurohormone that has been linked to sleep. Eating cherries therefore, can help insomnia and other sleep-related disorders.
12. Improve physiological and mental functions.
13. It helps in losing weight - The cherry fruit is low in fat and high in water content. Regular consumption helps to boost energy levels and modify metabolism for effective weight loss.
14. Vitamin C present in cherries kill cancer cells and inhibit their replication.
15. Cherries contain fibers so it reduces the risk of colon and rectal cancer and most other diseases involving the digestive tract.
16. Cherries prevent memory loss.
17. Cherries help stimulate the secretion of digestive juices and of the urine and are effective cleansers of the liver and kidneys.
18. Cherries are helpful for anemia.
19. It reduces obesity.
20. It increases the autoimmunity of the body - The presence of potassium in cherries in large quantity helps the water retention problems in the body. It is also useful to treat the diseases where the degeneration of tissues and nerves occur due to the autoimmune problems.
21. It is good for cramps.
22. It is a good remedy for intestinal worms.
23. It is good for asthma.
24. It is good for heartburn - Cherries are a natural low-acid food. The low-acid content of the fruit combines with its fibre makes a super combination for those who suffer from acid reflux.
25. It is good for cold and running of nose.
26. Cherry is high in iron and is an excellent laxative as well as a wonderful blood builder.
27. It cleanses gall bladder and liver because of it high iron content.
28. It is good for a bright, vibrant and clear skin. Cherries give your skin a nutritional boost. High water content in cherries means that they contribute to overall hydration of the body.
29. High content of water in cherries also helps to flush away the toxins from the body.
30. Cherry enriched diet may help lower body fat, total weight, inflammation and cholesterol – all major risk factors for heart disease.
31. The vitamin C in cherries is essential for the health of collagen and other connective tissue.
32. It increases the strength of bones - The micronutrients boron, calcium and magnesium present in cherries are helpful to build bone strength. Vitamin C in cherries also helps to increase the bone density.
33. Cherries contain Vitamin-A so it reduces the risk for cataracts, vision problems and macular degeneration.
34. Cherries contain beta-carotene which can help protect the skin from sun damage.
35. It is good for patients suffering from gout- It is believed that taking in more than half a pound of cherry can relieve symptoms of gout.
To conclude, cherries are delicious and easily available. They are full of important nutrients necessary for our good health.
So, include this fat burning ‘super fruit’ in your daily diet and take the advantage.
Author Brief Bio --- Mr. Mohanadas is an administrator, teacher, environmentalist and a social worker. He has established a few educational institutions. Presently working as the Head of a Middle School. Side-by-side he is pursuing “Advanced Diploma Course in Counseling and Guidance”. He is interested to work for the upliftment of the poor and the downtrodden. His main hobbies are reading and gardening.