Calories, vitamins, and minerals
The low-calorie level in cherries, only 50 kcal per 100 grams, gives mono-diets a reason to use it as seasonal food, but such an extreme is akin to food extremism. However, in the cherry season, no matter how long it lasts, organizing yourself a couple of fasting days a week is not a bad idea.
- up to 84.4% water;
- 0.8% proteins;
- 0.2% fat;
- 10.6% carbohydrates;
- 10.5% sugars;
- 1.8% dietary fiber;
- 1.6% organic acids;
- 0.6% ash;
- 0.1% starch.
Vitamins A, C, E, as well as an extensive group of B vitamins contained in these delicious berries, provide the person who uses them with strong immunity, improved blood counts, and stable functioning of the body’s systems:
- nervous, etc.
The minerals that make up the wonderful sweet berries ensure the smooth functioning of the body, improve metabolism, help remove harmful substances and promote rejuvenation. So, a large proportion of potassium (256 mg) helps to remove excess moisture from cells, which, in turn, reduces swelling, removes unnecessary substances from the body along with fluid, reduces weight, and strengthens the heart. In addition to potassium, cherries contain calcium and phosphorus, magnesium and sodium, sulfur and chlorine, as well as copper, iron, and zinc. There is also iodine, which is so necessary for the quality of the thyroid gland. Each of these minerals plays a role in the body, which responds with gratitude when offered such a wellness complex.
By the end of spring and early summer, seasonal viral diseases that deplete the body finally stop. Fresh first vegetables and berries come to his aid, including cherries. It strengthens the immune system, activates defense mechanisms, and serves as the prevention of various diseases. Thanks to it, digestion is normalized, food is digested faster, and toxins are removed.
Due to the fact that sweet cherry has not only excellent taste but also a powerful complex of vitamins and minerals, it is able to significantly improve health that has been shaken over the winter and spring, if it is eaten regularly:
- has a beneficial effect on the well-being of people who suffer from rheumatism, arthritis, or gout;
- stimulates the activity of organs and improves metabolic processes, due to which the weight gained in the cold and during the winter holidays gradually returns to normal;
- reduces puffiness, removes excess fluid and with it waste from body tissues;
- has a stimulating effect on the organs of the gastrointestinal tract if their motility is impaired;
- has a beneficial effect on the nervous system, helps with neuroses;
- has a positive effect on the blood and lowers the cholesterol content in it, preventing the formation of blood clots;
- raises the level of hemoglobin in the presence of anemia;
- has a beneficial effect on the thyroid gland;
- supports the body in case of kidney diseases, makes it easier for them to work;
- serves as a prophylactic agent for hypertension and even atherosclerosis;
- strengthens the body as a whole, tones it up, and stimulates the processes taking place in it.
Important! Unlike cherries, which have a similar composition of elements contained in them due to their close relationship, cherries are supplied with a significantly lower level of acid and will not cause heartburn. It can be eaten by those people who have increased gastric acidity.
Healthy adults are advised to eat 300 g of berries per day.
Many women know that cherries have great benefits for their health, and they try not to miss this opportunity throughout the season, especially since it rarely causes allergies: this berry is practically not capable of causing harm. Eating it regularly will help women maintain their beauty for a long time. Cherry contains substances similar to female hormones and helps to establish a regular menstrual cycle.
The ability of cherries to establish a normal metabolism will free the female body from unnecessary toxins and get rid of excess weight.
The medicinal properties of this berry for women are extensive:
- cleanse the skin and get rid of acne and blackheads;
- slow down aging;
- give vigor;
- enrich the body with iron, which is especially important during menstruation, when it is excreted along with the blood;
- relieve puffiness and bags under the eyes.
During pregnancy, it is not prohibited and even recommended to use cherries, because their benefits are undeniable, and pregnancy as such is not a contraindication.
She will help expectant mothers:
- resist toxicosis;
- solve the delicate problem of constipation;
- relieve swelling.
It will also benefit the unborn child by promoting:
- normal development;
- dynamic growth;
- weight gain.
Important! In order for cherries to bring maximum benefits, do not eat fruits that are not the first fresh, wormy, or not ripe.
By contributing to the digestion of fatty foods, which men love to pamper themselves, cherries will bring them tangible benefits.
In addition, it:
- has a positive effect on sexual function, improving the activity of the prostate gland;
- lowers blood pressure, which often worries mature men;
- gives strength to resist the stress;
- has a strengthening effect on bone tissue;
- has a prophylactic effect in case of a tendency to baldness.
If the child is not prone to a rash after eating cherries, it is quite possible to give it to him. Of course, you should not get too carried away: children are prone to eating tasty foods in large quantities, and an abundance of vegetable fiber can lead to indigestion, bloating, and flatulence. Children are advised to give cherries after three years, observing the reactions of the body, and gradually, from year to year, gradually increase the rate along with the growth of the child’s weight.
The use of cherries by children contributes to:
- excretion of uric acid from the body;
- the formation of red blood cells;
- providing a laxative effect, which is especially important for children suffering from constipation;
- strengthening immunity and the ability to resist disease.
Sweet cherries for diabetes
It is permissible for people with diabetes mellitus to consume 100 g per day, but only fresh.
Application in folk medicine
Humanity has been using the medicinal properties of this plant for a very long time, which helps to cope with many diseases.
Ripe fresh fruits act as a mild laxative, improving intestinal motility and liver and kidney function. Sun-dried berries, on the other hand, hold the intestines together and stop diarrhea.
To cope with constipation will help 250 g of fresh cherries, eaten on an empty stomach before breakfast or as an afternoon snack. You do not need to drink berries.
The fruits have a choleretic effect and stimulate the liver, in addition, help it fight diseases and restore its functions. Moderation should be kept in mind, of course, as excessive consumption can cause harm instead of benefit.
For the kidneys
Possessing a diuretic effect and having in its composition a significant complex of microelements, cherry berries normalize renal activity.
Such a decoction will help to establish the work of the kidneys: a handful of berries should be poured with a glass of boiling water and continue to boil over low heat for half an hour. Insist the drink for 20 minutes, strain, and consume three times a day.
Important! A decoction from the stalks of this berry is famous for its diuretic effect and is used to remove stones and sand from the kidneys.
Prevention of eye diseases
Thanks to the presence of vitamin A, regular consumption of cherries in food will ensure good vision and help prevent ophthalmic diseases.
In some cases, crushed ripe berries make the headache recede if you put them on your forehead for a while and lie quietly with this kind of compress.
The bacteria that inhabit the intestines need fiber, which is abundant in cherries. It ensures their vital activity, which has a positive effect on the population of microorganisms. In addition, fiber stimulates bowel function by enhancing peristalsis.
Potassium is a substance absolutely necessary for blood vessels and the heart; it is included in abundance in sweet cherries. The darker the berry is, the more anthocyanins are in it: these are natural dyes that affect the elasticity of blood vessels.
Another pleasant property of the fruit is blood thinning, therefore, reducing the risk of thrombosis. In combination, these properties have a prophylactic effect on the cardiovascular system and prevent heart attacks and strokes.
The berry is used for both prevention and the fight against cancer. Fruits of dark color will be of great benefit since the anthocyanin dye is an antioxidant that is of great importance in combating this ailment.
Cherry compote without sugar helps well against cough. It promotes the waste and removal of phlegm and strengthens the general condition of the sick person. 500 g of berries are poured with water, brought to a boil, the heat is turned off and allowed to cool at room temperature until warm.
Important! Useful properties are possessed not only by cherry berries, but also other parts of this tree – flowers, stalks, leaves, a decoction of which has no contraindications, except for individual reactions. A decoction prepared from the leaves is used to treat colds, infectious diseases, as it relieves inflammation, promotes expectoration, and has an antiseptic effect.
The fruits successfully remove uric acid from the body, the accumulation of which in the joints causes this disease. Patients with gout need to eat them regularly, not limited to only the seasonal offer.
Skin benefits, cosmetic recipes
It has long been known that this berry has the amazing ability to slow down aging due to its high amount of antioxidants. This property is actively exploited in home cosmetology. Cherry masks will cleanse and tighten the skin, give elasticity.
It also fights acne and acne, normalizes hormonal balance, cleanses the intestines, and removes toxins from the body.
For freshness and color
Cherry juice – 2 tbsp.
Peach seed oil – 1 tbsp.
Honey – 1 tsp.
Mix all the ingredients and put them in the refrigerator for two days. Apply to cleansed face every other day, after 15 minutes, rinse with warm water.
Important! If your skin is dry or has cosmetic problems, it is better to opt for yellow cherries, for normal and combination skin, white and pink are suitable, respectively.
To slow down the aging
Chopped cherry – 15 g;
Honey – 15 g;
Aloe juice – 5 g.
Mix the ingredients and apply to clean skin for 5-8 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Strawberries – 1 part;
Sweet cherry – 1 part.
Make a puree from the berries and mix, apply on the skin for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water.
For dry skin
Sweet cherry – 1 part;
Sour cream – 1 part.
Apply the mixture of components to the skin, rinse with warm water after 7-10 minutes, then lubricate the face with a moisturizer.
Of course, the delicate taste of cherries is best revealed when eaten fresh, and the less time has passed since it was removed from the tree, the more benefits it will bring, and the brighter the taste it will have. The same applies to freshly squeezed juice, which, however, cannot be drunk in large quantities.
But this does not limit the culinary value of the berry:
- it is added to confectionery;
- jams and jelly are made from cherries, delicious compotes and other dishes with sugar content are prepared;
- the berry is dried, and in this form, it retains almost all the benefits.
Did you know? Dried cherries have a fixing effect, in contrast to fresh ones, which have the opposite effect.
In our time, such a method of harvesting as freezing is widely popular. This is a good option for storing cherries for the winter since they retain their useful qualities. It is quite possible to eat it raw in a defrosted form, but it will be tastier if you cook different dishes with it.
Contraindications and harm
Perhaps nothing in this world can suit everyone equally well. Even such a useful berry as sweet cherry has its own contraindications.
So, cherries cannot be eaten:
- First of all, for those who have an intolerance to this product.
- Allergy sufferers should use it with caution, listening carefully to the body.
- Those who do not want to stimulate the work of the intestines, for example, people suffering from the adhesive disease.
- Persons are prone to frequent intestinal disorders.
- Those who suffer from intestinal obstruction.
- Patients with acute pancreatitis.
Important! It is generally recommended to chew cherries well before swallowing, even the healthiest people because large, unchewed pieces can cause gas and bloating.
Cherry, perhaps, cannot be replaced with anything, and if it did not exist, then it would have to be invented. This berry is the first to please us after a long winter period and spring vitamin deficiency, it has excellent taste and extremely useful properties. And the best part is that you can enjoy it almost all summer – thanks to the abundance of varieties and hybrids.