The return of the beautiful season also announces the return of red fruits. Adding a touch of bright color to our diet is a gift for the body. In fact, cherries are believed to reduce inflammation, lower the risk of heart disease, and help us get a good night's sleep.

8, benefits, of, cherries

In May, the first stone fruits appear: cherries. Raw, cooked, on a cake or picked directly from the tree, these delicious fruits contain vitamins A and C, omega-3 and omega-6. Slightly higher in calories than other fruits, they nevertheless provide significant health benefits.

Prevent heart disease

Cherries may help reduce triglyceride and cholesterol levels, two factors that can contribute to heart disease.

Drinking cherry juice may also help reduce high blood pressure, according to a study published in The American Journal of nutrition in May 2016 that looked at Montmorency cherries, which are slightly sour cherries. Researchers showed that the anthocyanins in these cherries, which are powerful antioxidants, would help lower blood pressure by an average of 7%.

Improve your gut health

A study published in 2018 by the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry and notably relayed by the site She knows revealed that Morello cherries would have a positive impact on the human gut microbiome. In cause, their beneficial action that stimulates the growth of good bacteria. 

Reduce inflammation

A 2013 study published in the Journal of Nutrition looked at sweet cherries and found that eating the sweet fruit reduces inflammation in the body.

Fighting gout attacks

Gout is an inflammatory rheumatism caused by an overabundance of uric acid in the body, which crystallizes in the joints and causes severe pain. As mentioned above, cherries contain high levels of anthocyanin, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant that can help reduce uric acid levels. Its high vitamin C content may also contribute. This benefit was demonstrated in a study published in 2014, again involving the Montmorency variety: patients suffering from gout saw their risk of attacks reduced by 35%.

A low glycemic index fruit

The cherry is one of the fruits that are not very hyperglycemic, meaning that it causes a small increase in blood sugar when consumed. The antioxidant anthocyanin present in this red fruit is directly linked to the improvement of insulin levels. The body is able to lower blood sugar levels faster and more effectively after a meal. To be consumed in moderation of course and always after medical advice in case of diabetes. The Federation of Diabetics proposes on its website a recipe for low-sugar cherry clafoutis

Reduce muscle soreness

Morello cherry juice is said to help improve recovery time after exercise, reduce soreness and aches, as well as muscle damage.

Improve sleep

According to recent research, Morello cherry juice may help extend sleep time by up to an hour and a half without the side effects sometimes associated with other treatments.

Benefits during pregnancy

Consuming cherries, in moderation, while expecting a child could improve blood flow to the placenta, says She knows.