As “America’s super fruit,” cherries offer the vital nutrition for a long and healthy life. One cup of cherries contains 90 calories with an ample supply of fiber, protein, and vitamin A and C.
Eating cherries leads to a boost in antioxidant activity in the body. A clinical study conducted at the University of Michigan found for the first time that antioxidants in tart cherries make it into the human bloodstream and boost antioxidant activity.
In addition to antioxidants, nutritionists report, “Beyond anti-oxidants, cherries are the only natural source of melatonin, a hormone that regulates the body’s internal block and sleep-wake cycles.”
1. Helps Improve Memory- Cherries are a good source of anthocyanin, which can help enhance memory. The tasty fruit’s anthocyanins helped improve memory and motor function in rats, according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
2. Helps Sleep Quality- The consumption of tart cherry juice before bed increases total sleep time and sleep quality. Batayneh told Medical Daily that melatonin is responsible for the regulation of the body’s internal clock and the sleep-wake cycles. Cherry’s sleep-inducing effects on the human body have been studied and have shown that a glass of sour cherry juice in the morning and in the evening helps improve sleep.
Studies looked at the sleeping habits of 15 adults who drank 8 ounces of tart cherry juice in the morning and evening for two weeks versus drinking 8 ounces of juice without cherry for two weeks. The results of the study showed that there was a significant reduction in insomnia during the weeks participants drank the cherry juice. On average, the adults saved approximately 17 minutes of wake time after going to sleep when they drank cherry juice.
3. Helps lower Blood Dugar Levels in people with Diabetes
Cherries contain the antioxidant anthocyanin — natural colorants that provide pigments in fruits and have numerous health benefits. In early laboratory studies that used animal pancreatic cells, anthocyanins increased insulin production by 50 percent. The colorful compounds have not been tested on humans, and researchers advise to limit the candied maraschino cherries because they contain extra sugar and fewer beneficial cherry pigments.
Cherry Juice 🍒
Prep time: 10 min. Cook time: 3 min
Ripe Red Cherry
2½ cups diced Watermelon
4 Ice Cubes
1. Rinse cherries and plums. Remove seeds of cherries.
2. Blanch plums (boil them in hot water for 2 minutes and then quickly immerse in cold water for a minute) and remove its skin. Its skin is generally very sour and hence its recommended to remove it. However, you can use it with its skin on if you like tart taste.
3. Cut plums in half, and remove stones
4. Blend cherry, watermelon, and plums in a blender until smooth puree.
5. Strain puree through sieve, collect juice in bowl and remove watermelon seeds.
6. Add ice cubes in serving glasses and fill them up with fruitful and natural juice of red cherry.