There's no doubt about it — cherries are a popular food. Manufacturers like them because of their profit margin. Consumers like them because they offer health benefits and because they are, to most people, something akin to a treat, whether eaten cooked, uncooked or dried. Their side effects are few, but the benefits of cherries are many, which itself is a nice little cherry on top.
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Cherries and Vitamins
Cherries offer you essential nutrients like vitamin C. Each species gives you a different amount, according to a 2018 report in Revista de Chimie. These scientists recorded values from 2 to 9 milligrams of vitamin C in a 100-gram serving. But you'll need to eat a few servings each day to reach the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C simply by way of this fruit.
Cherries also have significant beta carotene. The authors of a 2016 paper in Bio Bulletin found 3.8 milligrams in a 100-gram serving. This value placed cherries fourth among the many fruits tested. You'll need only two daily servings of cherries to meet the recommended daily allowance for beta carotene.
Cherries have many minerals. These elements include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and iron, according to a 2018 paper in the Iraqi Journal of Medical Sciences.
Of these minerals, cherries give you only calcium in a significant amount. The authors of a 2017 report in the Journal of Food and Bioprocess Engineering showed that cherries have about a 20thof what you need each day.
Help With Hormones
Plant hormones such as melatonin regulate cherry growth. Eating cherries adds these hormones to your bloodstream, according to a 2016 paper in the European International Journal of Science and Technology. Your body can't distinguish this phytomelatonin from your natural melatonin as you have comparable levels each night.
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Full of Fiber and Antioxidants
Cherries offer significant fiber, according to a June 2014 report in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. They give you 3.2 grams of fiber per cup, placing them in the high-fiber category. Consistently eating high-fiber foods can help you lower your cholesterol.
Cherries also provide abundant amounts of phenolic acids, according to a 2017 paper in Food Research International. These antioxidants scavenge free radicals, and they can protect your body from harm.
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Watch Out for Side Effects
Eating cherries causes only a few side effects. A review published by Eastern Michigan University noted that they sometimes cause an upset stomach and diarrhea. In addition, about 5 percent of the population has an adverse reaction to fruits like cherries.
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- National Institutes of Health: Vitamin C
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