We have fantastic Tassie cherries available in stores and if you haven’t been enjoying their delicious taste while they are in season, we have listed some more reasons why you should be:
You may be familiar with Melatonin, a natural hormone produced in our bodies involved in the regulation of sleep. Cherries are one of the few foods that contain natural sources of melatonin and have been shown to improve sleep quality and duration.
You won’t find many fruits similar in colour to cherries. Their dark ruby colour comes from the natural pigments, anthocyanins. These anthocyanins prevent inflammation in our body by fighting damage from environmental toxins and free radicals. Daily cherry consumption can assist those suffering with arthritis by reducing inflammation. There is also scientific research to suggest that one to two serves of cherries per day can reduce the risk of attacks for those suffering with gout (One serve = 10-12 cherries).
Cherries contain a source of potassium, as well as zinc, iron and manganese. An imbalance of potassium in our diet can elevate our blood pressure and thus this nutrient is essential. One cup of cherries contains almost the same amount of potassium as one small banana.
We know carrots are good for our eyes because they are jam packed with beta-carotene, well guess what Cherries also contain a significant amount of this antioxidant. Beta-carotene gets converted into vitamin A in our body. Vitamin A is essential in keeping our eyes healthy.