The fruit that, in this period, should never be missing at home? Cherries, without a doubt. In fact, as a recently published review demonstrates, cherries are a concentrate of nutrients and health properties and, compared to other fruits such as peaches or apricots, they also have a lower glycemic index. In short, green light to cherries which should be part of a healthy and balanced diet. But what are the healthy properties of cherries? Let's try to find out by analyzing the results provided by the article we are talking about today, published in the Journal of Functional Food thanks to the collaboration between Italian and American scientists .
Cherries, properties proven by science
Cherries are sweet and juicy and cheer up with their beautiful dark red color. But cherries are also a concentrate of nutrients. In fact, as the review reports on the basis of the results obtained from previous studies, cherries provide vitamin C, but also minerals, such as potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium, and precious antioxidants, such as carotenoids, anthocyanins and phenolic acids. In addition, cherries are rich in water, about 80%, and are low in calories. Thanks to these characteristics, cherries counteract free radicals, which, if in excess, can pave the way for ageing, cardiovascular disease and cellular degeneration. Cherries also contain compounds capable of counteracting the development of tumors, blocking the life cycle of diseased cells and inducing death by apoptosis.
Then, the anthocyanins of cherries make these fruits valid allies to prevent cardiovascular diseases, helping to counteract atherosclerosis, high cholesterol and insulin resistance. Eating cherries then counteracts obesity, even in children, and fatty liver.
Cherries, other effects proven by science
But cherries also have other effects, perhaps less known but still very important. For example, eating fresh cherries, between 20 and 30 cherries a day, fights gout, reducing the risk of an acute gout attack by 35%. This result was observed already after two days of intake. Finally, cherries are rich in melatonin, especially if they are ripe. Melatonin helps regulate the sleep-wake cycle, is neuroprotective, anti-inflammatory and anticancer.
Cherries are a fruit not to be missed, they are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibers and antioxidants, they fight inflammation, obesity, fatty liver and cellular degeneration, protect the heart and brain, help you sleep better and reduce the risk of gout. And then, as mentioned, cherries are low in calories, 100 grams of cherries in fact provide between 50 and 60 kcal, and have a lower glycemic index than apricots, grapes, peaches and blueberries. In short, the fruit of longevity is served, and also with an eye to body weight!