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Benefits We’ve Got : Cherry

Cherry benefits are quite extensive and most of these have to do with pain relief and the fight against inflammations.

Cherry BenefitsThe cherry refers to the fruit of many plants of the genus Prunus, most especially those of the wild cherry tree Prunus avium and the sour cherry tree Prunus cerasus.

The cherry fruit is typically globular in shape with a small depression at its apex, and is about 1 inch in diameter. Its color varies from yellow to deep red and even to the point of black. The taste of the wild cherry fruit is sweet and contains low acidity. That of the sour cherry is tart and has a higher acidity level. Each fruit contains a seed at its center.

Cherry is consumed fresh, canned, or bottled. It is also used to flavor wines, and as ingredients to jellies, jams, cakes, pastries, pies and candies.

Cherries ought to be picked ripe as they rarely ripen after harvesting. The fruits are easily perishable and should be refrigerated soon after purchase.  The fruits can remain fresh for at least two days.

Believed to have originated in Europe and western Asia, the cherry fruit is cultivated in many countries, with the top producers being Turkey, the United States, Iran and Italy.

The following are the health food nutrients found in cherry fruit:

Sweet and tart cherries also contain high levels of the antioxidant anthocyanins that help reduce markers of inflammation and thus contribute to pain relief.

The following are the cherry benefits that may be derived from consuming this fruit:

  • Cherry may help strengthen the immune system.

  • Cherry may help reduce the risk for cancer.

  • Cherry may help reduce the risk for heart diseases and strokes as it may help lower bad cholesterol levels.

  • Cherry may help fight diabetes.

  • Cherry may help reduce the pain brought about by rheumatoid, arthritis, headaches and gout.

  • Cherry may be helpful in weight loss efforts.

  • Cherry may help reduce uric acid levels.

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  1. So true. I planted a cherry tree, about the size of a stick, in the garden of my last home as a Millenium Tree, and in 2006 I ate my first cherries and enjoyed. The person who lives there now has the benefits of my cherries. I just bought some today and through your article I am remembering my Millenium cherry tree. Here, I planted a pear tree for my husband. Fruit is good for you – five a day is healthy.

  2. Great info!

  3. Hmmm… Cherries for weight loss is a new concept for me. I’m going to look into this.

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