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Health benefits of cherry (updated August 30, 2023)
The health benefits of cherry eye care, strong immunity, relief from infections, proper digestion, etc.
Cherry (scientific name: Prunus avium) is one of the most romantic fruits. You find them invariably on greeting cards, in poems, and in love stories, and the cherry blossoms are invariably associated with birth, marriage, turning points, and even the deaths of the heroes and heroines. Oh! I forgot to say that they are eaten too, and they are eaten as favorites. Predominantly, a fruit of cold countries, cherries look and taste wonderful, their vibrant color and tangy taste are just indicators of equally vibrant and magical health benefits these little fruits contain. I just cannot wait to tell them to you.
The healthy benefits of cherry include the following:
Aging and free radicals: like all other berries, cherries are also stores of antioxidants such as vitamin C and flavonoids. They effectively neutralize free radicals and protect us from all ailments associated with the aging of action oxidants, such as weakening of the heart and nervous system, loss of vision, macular degeneration, hair loss, wrinkling of the skin, loss of libido, cancer of the colon, prostate, etc., sleeplessness, nervous disorders, and many more. Antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids (anthocyanins) repair the damage done by free radicals.
Infection and immunity
Apart from protection against the damages of free radicals, the antioxidants (vitamin C, carotenoids, and flavonoids) also boost immunity and protect us from bacteria. Viral and fungal infections, particularly those of the colon, urinary tract, intestines, excretory system, cough, and cold. They are also very effective in providing protection against the flu and other fevers.
Again, the antioxidants protect the eyes against all damages from free radicals and aging, such as vision loss, macular degeneration. Dryness etc. As well as soothe the eyes. Reduce inflammation and help maintain proper ocular pressure. They also protect the eyes from common infections.
Brain function and nervous system
Flavonoids and carotenoids are very effective in improving the efficiency of the brain, improving memory, and keeping it active, which is otherwise reduced due to the action of free radicals with aging. So, those who are afraid of a dull brain and a low memory in their old age, beware and start eating cherries. You can keep smart like 007 even in your nineties. The antioxidant properties of these cherries also protect the nervous system from age-related disorders. Thus, they can be helpful in treating nervous disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression, disappointment, undue anxiety, stress, etc.
Constipation and digestion
While the fibers in the cherries help relieve constipation, the acids in them aid digestion. Again, the antioxidants in it keep the digestive system in order. The flavonoids in it stimulate the digestive juices, bile, etc. And the vitamins in it help in the proper absorption of the nutrients.
Flavonoids, carotenoids, and vitamins like vitamin A and C are extremely effective anti-carcinogens. They efficiently inhibit the growth of cancerous cells as well as prevent the triggering of new cancerous growths, with free radicals being the main culprit behind them.
The nutrients in cherries, like vitamins, antioxidants (flavonoids and particularly carotenoids), and minerals like phosphorus, are excellent cardioprotectors. They protect the heart from nearly all the damage done by oxidants. They help maintain a proper heart rate, prevent blood vessels from hardening, reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, and thereby reduce the risk of heart attacks. They also strengthen the cardiac muscles.
The darker the cherries in color, the more healthy and beneficial they are, because they are richer in antioxidants. The fructose in them gives energy without harming diabetes patients. They prevent oral infections and keep away bad breath. The acids and flavonoids in them are good appetizers. They are even effective in protecting from seasonal infections like cough and cold, pox, mumps measles, etc. Tired of these black-and-white texts? Soothe your eyes and refresh yourself with cherries. Not bad! Ideal, isn’t it?