Reach for cherries when you are craving a snack! Not only are they healthy and pack a mere 77 calories for a whole cup portion, but they are mega good for you, too!
Here's why you should add cherries to your grocery list all season long.
They help to reduce inflammation: A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that eating cherries reduces several bio-markers consistent with chronic inflammatory diseases. Specifically, cherry juice can alleviate joint inflammation for people who suffer from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, according to a University of Vermont study.
They help prevent muscle damage: Cherries reduce muscle soreness after a workout, and they can prevent greater muscle damage in the long run. Cherries are chock full of Anthocyanins which are powerful antioxidants that contain anti-inflammatory properties that reduce muscle ache.
They fight cardiovascular disease: The potent anthocyanins, which give cherries their ruby color, can also have a positive effect on heart health. University of Michigan Health system researchers found that cherries can change factors linked to heart disease and diabetes.
They're a great source of vitamin C and fiber: A one-cup serving of cherries contains 25 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C and over two grams of fiber. So when you you need to stave off your hunger cravings, cherries are the way to go!
They can improve brain function: Consuming tart cherries regularly can improve your brain function. Research has shown that cherries may reduce of Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease.
They help you sleep: Cherries are a natural source of Melatonin, a hormone that helps control sleep. If you have trouble sleeping or even have insomnia, try eating cherries or drinking some tart cherry juice at bedtime. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that it can improve sleep in adults with insomnia. BONUS: Consider how lack of sleep affects your diet, then see if eating cherries at bedtime improves your sleep AND your waistline!