HEALTH BENEFITS

Cherries are not only one of the yummiest fruit but also great for your health!
Cherries could be the best fruit you can eat.
Cherries are good for gout, arthritis, circadian rhythms and natural sleep patterns, lower blood cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes 2. Anthocyanins 1 and 2 are not found in blueberries or cranberries

The compounds in cherries were found to have similar activity as aspirin and ibuprofen

"There's a significant body of evidence suggesting that cherries are one of the most nutritious fruits you can eat," said Russell Reiter, PhD, a nutrition researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Cherries contain lots of anti-oxidants, anthocyanidins and quercetin.

Anthocyanidins are a group of flavenoids that produce the red colour found in all fresh red cherries. Quercetin is one of the most common flavonols found in fresh fruit and vegetables. It is linked to reduction of asthma, heart disease and lung cancer.

Cherries are a very rich source of anthocyanins 1 and 2
Anthocyanidins 1 and 2 have been shown to reduce the level of ureic acid which is the cause of gout. On top of all that studies have shown that mice fed cherries shown a decrease in high blood sugar levels. Great news for all who have years of good living catching up!

Nutrient Units 1 cup, without pits 
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145.0
Proximates  
Water g 117.1
Energy kcal 104.4
Energy kj 436.5
Protein g 1.7
Total lipid (fat) g 1.4
Carbohydrate, by difference g 24.0
Fiber, total dietary g 3.3
Ash g 0.8
Minerals  
Calcium, Ca mg 21.8
Iron, Fe mg 0.6
Magnesium, Mg mg 16.0
Phosphorus, P mg 27.6
Potassium, K mg 324.8
Sodium, Na mg 0.0
Zinc, Zn mg 0.1
Copper, Cu mg 0.1
Manganese, Mn mg 0.1
Selenium, Se mcg 0.9
Vitamins  
Vitamin C, ascorbic acid mg 10.2
Thiamin mg 0.1
Riboflavin mg 0.1
Niacin mg 0.6
Pantothenic acid mg 0.2
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.1
Folate mcg 6.1
Vitamin B-12 mcg 0.0
Vitamin A, IU IU 310.3
Vitamin A, RE mcg_RE 30.5
Vitamin E mg_ATE 0.2
Lipids  
Fatty acids, saturated g 0.3
4:00 g 0.0
6:00 g 0.0
8:00 g 0.0
10:00 g 0.0
12:00 g 0.0
14:00 g 0.0
16:00 g 0.2
18:00 g 0.1
Fatty acids, monounsaturated g 0.4
16:01 g 0.0
18:01 g 0.4
20:01 g 0.0
22:01 g 0.0
Fatty acids, polyunsaturated g 0.4
18:02 g 0.2
18:03 g 0.2
18:04 g 0.0
20:04 g 0.0
20:05 g 0.0
22:05 g 0.0
22:06 g 0.0
Cholesterol mg 0.0
Phytosterols mg 17.4


Sources:
www.ars.usda.gov/is/AR/archive/may04/cherry0504.htm
www.choosecherries.com/health/main.aspx
www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE0706/S00116.htm

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