Apart from their numerous nutritional benefits, cherries have earned a place amongst the super fruits because of the many health benefits they provide with their high level of antioxidants.
They contain beta carotene, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, fibre, and potassium, along with a very high concentration of antioxidants.
One of the main health benefits of cherries is the emerging research showing that cherries can help to prevent some forms of cancer. This is because of the antioxidants found in cherries which are made up of anthocyanins and quercetin, which are flavonoids, and the phenolic acid amygdalin.
Cherries have also been shown to reduce pain and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Some researchers cite other health benefits to include the ability to help promote weight loss, prevent diabetes and heart disease, lower cholesterol, and even help regulate sleep and prevent memory loss.
Cherries can be eaten fresh or they can be made into a juice. They can also be frozen, dried or canned, and still retain much of their inherent nutritional value. Cherries will stay fresh for about a week in the refrigerator and up to a year in the freezer.
Whichever form may be used to store and consume cherries their health benefit will not be diminished.
It is not difficult to find ways to incorporate cherries into your everyday life. You might drink a glass of cherry juice at breakfast time, or add some cherries into your morning cereal. Try adding cherries to a salad or yogurt for lunch, or snack on them right out of the bag.
Many people greatly enjoy the taste of cherries, and find they make a great snack in the afternoon rather than greasy chips or a sugary candy bar because they provide a natural boost of energy. Putting them in a childs lunch box is another good idea, but you will probably want to chop them up and remove the pits so as to avoid a choking hazard.