Sylvia Klinger, R.D. took the time to visit our Chelan Fresh cherry orchards and write about the health benefits of cherries. We appreciate having a Registered Dietician remind us how healthy cherries are for you.
Bounty of nutrients - Cherries are not only beautiful, but they deliver a rush of nutrition – 3 grams of fiber(12% of your daily value) in every serving, as well as vitamin C, potassium and a list of other nutrients such as vitamin K, B vitamins, magnesium and copper.
Health benefits - Cherries also provide a number of health benefits, which are backed by science. Here are the top three most exciting reasons to love cherries even more:
Exercise recovery and pain relief – Did you know that a number of studies - some performed on long distance runners – have found that cherries act like a“natural-anti-inflammatory agent.” Eating more cherries may enhance muscle recovery, reduce exercise-induced inflammation and oxidative stress, and decrease exercise related pain.(Scand J Med Sci Sports, 2013 and Med Sport Sci, 2012)
Arthritis benefit – Cherries have demonstrated a potential for anti-inflammation, so is natural that cherries might hold promise in threating arthritis, which is an inflammation condition by nature.(Scand J Rheumatol, 2006)
Sleep aid – If you suffer from insomnia you may want to give cherries a chance. Cherries naturally supply melatonin to the body, which can translate in a better sleep quality in people.(Eur J Nutr, 2012)
Brain health – The anti-inflammatory properties of cherries have gotten the attention of Alzheimer’s disease researchers, who have found that cherries have potential(when combined with Omega-3’ and 6 fatty acids) in reducing cognitive defects.(J Med Food, 2013)
Freeze cherries - Cherries have a short season, but this is the time to buy extra cherries and freeze them for the remainder of the year. To freeze cherries, Remove the pit and gently place them into a freezer bag or freezer proof container. When ready to eat, thaw cherries and make your favorite recipe with cherries. Yes, it is that simple!