Cherries. They’re not about very often but when they are it’s well worth adding them to your diet. They have loads of great attributes, as do many red fruits and vegetables.
- They’re high in vitamin C, which helps to fight infections and plays a big role in healthy skin and collagen formation. It also helps the body to absorb iron.
- They are high in vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and boosts immunity.
- They have an anti inflammatory effect. Many of today’s foods, along with our lifestyles, promote inflammation inside the body. Inflammation is the precursor to lots of health problems.
- That anti-inflammatory effect and their anthocyanin content makes cherries, or cherry juice, perfect to eat or drink after hard exercise.
- Cherries are high in a chemical called melatonin, which promotes sleep. Ideal to have in the evening.
- They are also high in fibre. Fibre helps digestion and keeps food moving through so it doesn’t hang around in the gut releasing potential carcinogens.
Even though cherries have all this amazing stuff they are still high in sugar, at 13g per 100g (as are most fruits) 100g of cherries, which is about a teacupful, contains 63 calories. So do eat them but try not to eat a great vat of them! The price will probably prevent that anyway.
To enjoy the benefits of cherries throughout the year try Cherry Active, 100% concentrated Montmorency cherry juice with no added preservatives.