According to researchers, a flavonoid found in cherries that has anticarcinogenic properties called quercetin can help to prevent heart disease. Cherries are considered a nutritionally significant source of quercetin, containing large quantities per serving that surpass most fruits.
A phenolic acid called amygdalin, also termed Vitamin B17 and laetrile, found in the kernels of cherries and other fruits, has been shown to reduce tumor size and further spread of cancer, as well as to alleviate the pains of the cancerous process. Populations such as the Hunza in Pakistan that have always incorporated amygdalin into their diets have remained cancer free, leading scientists to believe that its consumption could also be a powerful cancer prevention food.
Anthocyanins found in cherries also block inflammatory enzymes, reducing pain. In fact, 20 cherries are 10 times as potent as aspirin and have positive effects.
Sweet cherries are also considered to be excellent sources of boron, providing 396 ug/100g. Boron consumption, coupled with calcium and magnesium has been linked to increased bone health.
Cherries pack a powerful combination of anti-aging antioxidants. They are loaded with fiber, vitamins A, B and C, and lots of minerals–particularly calcium, iron and potassium. At just 4 calories each (1 cup = 90 calories), cherries have equal amounts of carbohydrates and protein and NO FAT! Cherries are also known as an excellent blood purifier and energy booster (that’s what my Grandmother used to say) and help those who suffer from gout and arthritis. Cherries…just a wonderful fruit!
The National Cherry Growers and Dr. Mark Messina, PhD. “A Healthy Look at Sweet Cherries”
Haas, Elson M., M.D. Staying Healthy With Nutrition
Ernest T. Krebs, Jr. “The Nature of Cancer”
Health information provided by
The California Cherry Advisory Board
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