No, not candied cherries and colored to decorate cocktails and ice-cream, but the true fruit that will indeed bring us many health benefits.
Natural cherries are close relatives of plums and peaches, and in terms of their taste, there are two main types: sweet and sour. Both are rich in various healthy substances in this combined with fewer calories.
In a bowl of cherries has only 90 calories at the same time give us fiber, and protein and many vitamins A and C.
Antioxidants, in the case of anthocyanins give cherries their rich red color, ie the more saturated the color of the fruit, so it is more useful – a rule which, incidentally, applies to almost all fruits and vegetables. This is the reason and fitness maniacs to celebrate – some studies anthocyanins help restore muscles after high exertion.
In a recent study found that marathon runners who drink two cups of sour cherry juice before and after the race, restore power more quickly than others. Although no evidence cherries to influence the outcome, these athletes also had less muscle pain after exercise – sweet and tart cherries have natural anti-inflammatory effects that limit the swelling of exhausted muscles, so if you train harder, it might be good idea to first give a chance of cherries before you go to the soothing ointments and tablets.
Anti-inflammatory effects of cherries relieve arthritis, gout and even diabetes and heart disease. Indeed, several studies have even shown that cherry consumption lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels, namely those indicators are among the main, to evaluate existing risk of heart disease.
These can also help us to improve sleep. This really superplod contain melatonin – a hormone that the body produces to control sleep and wakefulness. The additional amount of melatonin, which accepts with cherries, can contribute to sleep more easily, so can sleep longer and better, respectively – to wake up more rested.
Fresh cherries are available in a relatively short period of the year. It is best to leverage them in the summer months, when we find them most easily, and are most delicious. When you go in warehouses or on the market, it is important to choose thick, dark red fruit with as bright and pure. It is best to store them unwashed in the refrigerator – to protect them from overripe.
Normally cherries remains fresh no more than 5-6 days, it is better to store them with the stalks, thus the fruit will last longer.
What is the best this summer relish? Cherries are most delicious when eaten raw – just wash and serve. If you use them for decoration or cake, we can remove the stone using a small knife.
There is a way to deliver and cherry delight throughout the year – by storing cherries in the freezer. Frozen (sooner – the better!) Cherries retain 100% of their nutritional value and are a wonderful addition to smoothies, yogurt and even oatmeal for breakfast.