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Cherries… A natural anti-inflammatory?!

– Cherries, whose full season spans between mid-May and mid-July, are rich in carbohydrates (14g/100g). And a small portion of these is in the form of sorbitol which is a laxative substance. Hence, be careful not to consume much of it!
– Calorie-wise, cherries provide us with around 60 kcal/100 g.
– Just like all red fruits, cherries are particularly concentrated in protective substances such as carotene, anthocyanins and other polyphenolic substances, as well as melatonin, vitamin C, provitamin A (carotene), vitamin E (antioxidant), and B-vitamins.
– Pigments which give cherries their pretty red color, called anthocyanins, play a beneficial role in relieving gout, kidney stones and joint pain. These anthocyanins may also reduce the risk of developing cancerous tumors and cardiovascular disease.
– According to several studies, cherries are a natural source of melatonin which is proven to be an effective way to improve sleep quality.
– Cherries also have a diuretic effect due to their high water and potassium content. Also, if you’re from those who like drinking cherry stems herbal tea, you should know that such tea also has a diuretic effect. For this reason, always consume it moderately. Furthermore, cherry stems are known to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious effect.

On the other hand, when buying cherries, we should always choose the firm and fleshy pieces that are free from spots and whose color is bright. These should also bear green and tight stems. In addition, cherries are considered a very fragile fruit. As such, they should not stay more than two days in the crisper of the refrigerator, and they should always be washed just before eating them.

Final tip for decoration purposes: For an easy seed removal, try to soak cherries for an hour in an icy water and after removing the stems.

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