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Delicious Reasons to Eat Cherries

Posted on: February 22nd, 2015 by LAMedicalBlogger
Cherries provide a host of health benefits in addition to being a yummy snack.

Cherries provide a host of health benefits in addition to being a yummy snack.

When you eat a cherry, you aren’t only enjoying their great taste. You are also reaping their health benefits! Cherries are packed with antioxidants and can help with insomnia, joint pain and belly fat.  LA Medical believes in the power of cherries and we have six great reasons why you should too!

Protection from Diabetes – Sweet cherries have a low glycemic index. This makes them a good choice for a fruit snack, especially for those with diabetes.

Helps You Sleep – Drink a glass of cherry juice 30 minutes after waking and 30 minutes before your evening meal. Cherries, especially tart cherries, are a good source of melatonin, which regulates sleep.

Reduces Muscle Pain – Tart cherries help reduce muscle inflammation and soreness. If you are going to be doing a strenuous work out, eat a cup and a half of tart cherries or one cup of tart cherry juice before.

Protect Against Alzheimer’s – The flavonoids and procyanidin in cherries help guard neuronal cells, fighting dementia. Cherries are also rich in antioxidants, making them a memory booster!

Reduces Risk of Stroke – Tart cherries provide various cardiovascular benefits. The pigment in a cherry regulates the genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism. This reduces the risk factors for high cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.

Rich in Vitamins and Fiber – Cherries are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. This makes them a nutritious fruit that strengthens your body’s natural defenses and improves overall health.

If fresh cherries aren’t available at your grocery store yet, we have some tasty ways you can incorporate them into your diet:

  • Top salads, cereal and yogurt with dried cherries
  • Add tart cherry juice with a splash of lime to sparkling water for a spritzer
  • Add tart cherry juice to a yogurt smoothie for a post-workout recovery drink

February is National Cherry Month! Treat yourself to a tasty treat that will bring you a host of health benefits. Please contact LA Medical if you have any additional questions.