What Are Cherries?
Cherries are small, round, deep red stone fruit that is typically in season in the UK from around June to July. Depending on the variety, of which there are hundreds, their size and flavour can vary but usually fall into one of two categories: sweet or tart (sour). Sweet cherries are usually eaten as they come, while tart cherries are used more in cooking. The scientific name of cherries is Prunus avium.
Nutrition Facts Of Cherries
The nutrition values of cherries amount per 100 grams are
- Calories- 50
- Total Fat- 0.3 g
- Saturated fat- 0.1 g
- Polyunsaturated fat- 0.1 g
- Monounsaturated fat- 0.1 g
- Cholesterol- 0 mg
- Sodium- 3 mg
- Potassium- 4%
- Total Carbohydrate- 12 g
- Dietary fiber- 6%
- Sugar- 8 g
- Protein- 1 g
- Vitamin A- 25%
- Vitamin C- 16%
- Calcium- 1%
- Iron- 1%
- Magnesium- 2%
Health Benefits Of Cherries
The health benefits of cherries are
Sweet cherries contain fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins, each of which may help play a role in cancer prevention.
Cherries contain powerful antioxidants. They protect eyes against all damage done by free radicals and aging such as vision loss, macular degeneration, and dryness as well as soothes the eyes.
Improved Brain Function
Flavonoids and carotenoids are very effective in improving the efficiency of the brain, improving memory and keeping it active. Those who are afraid of having a dull brain and a low memory capacity in their old age, start eating cherries.
Reduce Heart Diseases
The nutrients in cherries like vitamins, antioxidants (flavonoids and carotenoids) and minerals like phosphorous in cherries are excellent cardio-protectors.
Protects Against Diabetes
Sweet cherries have a low glycemic index of 22 — lower than apricots, grapes, peaches, blueberries or plums. This makes them a better snack than many other fruits, especially for diabetics.
Promotes Better Sleep
Cherries are a good source of melatonin, which helps us regulate our sleep cycles. Cherries have also been found to help with jet lag.
Skin Benefits Of Cherries
The skin benefits of cherries are
Cherries have the highest antioxidant level of any fruit. Antioxidants help the body fight the free radicals that make us look old. Drinking one glass of tart cherry juice daily slows down the aging process.
Protection from Skin Cancer
The anthocyanin contains disease-fighting chemicals that provide protection against skin cancer by fighting and destroying harmful free radicals.
Cherries for Acne
Cherry juice is highly recommended as an alternative treatment for acne, vulgaris and rosacea. Rich in vitamin A, red cherries have antibacterial properties that fight skin bacteria.
Cherry concentrate is a natural ingredient in several beauty products due to its skin lightening qualities. Thus, drinking cherry juice lowers skin damage and helps to promote healthier, lighter skin.
A paste of mashed cherries, when applied on the skin, acts a great cleanser to make your skin smooth and soft.
Hair Benefits Of Cherries
The hair benefits of cherries are
Promotes Healthy Hair
Cherries are excellent sources of anthocyanins and beta-carotene which are vital for hair health. Cherry extracts are used in various supplements and hair care products meant to combat hair problems like split ends and hair fall.
Prevention of Hair Loss
Anaemia is the most common cause of hair loss and indicates that your diet is deficient in iron. Being rich in iron, cherry juice can prevent anaemia, thus combating hair loss.