Black Cherries: Your fuel with six health benefits10-Oct-2012
Small, sweet and packed with nutrients, those little healthy fruits, black cherries, also offer pretty substantial benefits to human health.
Published in the June 2003 Issue of the Journal of Nutrition, a study by R.A. Jacob showed that because cherries inhibit inflammatory pathways, inflammation was decreased by ingesting sweet and/or tart cherries.
Help lower uric acids levels in the body
Because elevated uric acid in the body leads to conditions such as gout, two weeks of drinking 8-16 ounces of any cherry juice helped prevent gout attacks. A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center at the University of California at Davis in 2003 followed a small sampling of healthy women who consumed sweet cherries, discovering that the urate in plasma decreased by 5h.
Black cherries house powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins whose distinctive red color are a type of phytonutrient known as flavonoids, which have been linked to a variety of health benefits (cancer and heart disease). Studies suggest that these disease-fighting pigments possess anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-carcinogenic properties. Black cherries and concord grapes are two of the richest sources of anthocyanins.
Can help you sleep
Black cherries are a natural way to boost melatonin levels since they are one of few known food sources of melatonin, a potent anti-oxidant that is produced naturally by the body's pineal gland that helps regulate natural sleep patterns. Scientists have found melatonin in black cherries contain more of this powerful antioxidant than what is normally produced by the body.
Reduce oxidative stress
Occurring when free radicals overwhelm the body's defense, when left unchecked, free radicals rob DNA of its electrons (known as oxidation). Thankfully, the antioxidants in black cherries may neutralize free radicals.
A study published in the February 2008 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry by N.P. Seeram tested black cherry juice, among others. The juice tested in the top four for potency to inhibit LDL (low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol oxidation.
- Consume black cherry from sources like pies, jellies, juices and supplements
- Leaves black cherry plants shouldn’t be consumed; they convert to cyanide.
- Dwarf cherry trees produce 10-15 quarts per year of the fruit; mature standard trees, 30-50 quarts.
- Do not wash cherries until ready to eat because excess moisture creates quicker decay.
- Frozen at 0 degree Fahrenheit will keep cherries indefinitely.
- The peak season for fresh cherries is June.
Black cherries typically contain 17 antioxidants that include anthocyanins-flavonoids that have some of the strongest antioxidant effects of any plant compound-and melatonin. Maintaining normal melatonin levels helps with memory and learning.
Black cherries are native to North America and commonly grown in Texas, Florida, Arizona, and New Mexico. All the fruit supplements you take should come from reliable North American sources, ensuring that they're the freshest available. Bioactivity is destroyed in over-processed fruits, and sugar-and-preservative additions take away from their health value.
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