Why cherries should be on your shopping list this month
-Jun 26, LUMITY LIFE, Nutrition -
One of our favourite things about British summertime if the abundance of sweet and juicy cherries! The ruby fruit is one of the most delicious foods you can eat, both good for you and tasty.
Did you know that cherries first found their way to England thanks to King Henry VIII, who ordered them after tasting the fruit in Flanders?
The cherry is one of those versatile fruits that can be incorporated into many meals: sliced into porridge, made into cherry jam, cherry tart, or whizzed up in a smoothie. It’s even good to drink neat as tart cherry juice. The humble cherry is one of the most nutritious fruits on the supermarket shelf, packed with vitamins to help a range of ailments.
Here’s how cherries boost your health…
- They regulate sleep
Cherries contain melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone in the body which is released during sleep. In a study, participants were given tart cherry juice to drink twice daily for two weeks. They slept 85 minutes longer than the group taking a placebo.
- Cherries ease post-exercise pain and arthritis
Professional athletes are huge fans of cherry juice and here’s why: drinking the fruit juice has been found to help muscles recover post-workout, according to a 2018 summary of cherry studies by Kelley, Adkins and Laugero. The studies showed that consuming tart cherries can decrease oxidative stress and inflammation in the body, hence their benefit for arthritis sufferers too.
- They lower blood pressure & cholesterol
Diabetes UK reveals that eating cherries helps decrease both blood pressure and cholesterol levels. This is because the fruit contains soluble fibre and potassium which help ward off those conditions.
- They reduce gout risk
Even more good news about cherries: eating the tasty fruit can lower your risk of gout attacks. A study reported on health.com revealed that gout patients who ate cherries for two days showed a 35% lower risk for the attacks in comparison to the control group.
Some cherry meal ideas to try
There are many ways to eat cherries, from fresh or frozen to dried cherries or cherry juice. Try any of these delicious recipes to reap the benefits of the delicious fruit…
- Make your own cherry chutney for a delicious cheese course
- Gluten-free, low calorie cherry chocolate slice
- Cherry salsa whizzed up with onions and chilli
- Cherry Bakewell overnight oats
- No-bake cherry Bakewell tart
- Vegan cherry chocolate cake