Life is just a bowl of... yep, cherries. If only that were really the case! Fortunately a bowl of cherries actually CAN improve your life. These pretty little sweet fruits have health benefits that will certainly make life that much more pleasant. .
🍒promote weight loss: Tart cherry intake was associated with reduced concentration of fats in the blood, percentage fat mass and abdominal fat weight.
🍒heart healthy: Tart cherries activate PPAR isoforms (peroxisome proliferator activating receptors) in many of the body’s tissues. PPARs regulate genes that are involved in fat and glucose metabolism, and when modified they can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. 🍒antioxidant rich: Anthocyanins and cyanidin are two components of cherries that provide powerful antioxidants. Another one of the benefits of cherries is they fight free radicals that damage eyes. Macular degeneration and glaucoma are caused by free radicals and oxidative stress.
🍒treat gout: A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism evaluated 633 individuals with gout who were treated with cherry extract over a two-day period. This cherry treatment was associated with a 35% lower risk of gout attacks. 🍒reduce inflammation: Cherries are one of the top anti-inflammatory foods. 🍒potassium rich: A cup of cherries fulfills 9 percent of your recommended daily value of potassium.
🍒treat osteoarthritis: A study done at the Osteoarthritis Research Center evaluated 58 non-diabetic patients with osteoarthritis who drank two eight-ounce bottles of tart cherry juice daily for six weeks. As a result of the study, Western Ontario McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (known as WOMAC) scores decreased significantly after the tart cherry juice treatment.
🍒helps with sleep: Tart cherry juice contains high levels of phytochemicals, including melatonin, a molecule critical in regulating our sleep-wake cycle. .
Not only are cherries delicious, they have many health benefits that may actually put the cherry atop your sundae. .