Cherry, a delicious fruit with multiple properties

In addition to its purifying and preventive properties, the cherry invites you with its beautiful red color to enjoy its juicy and aromatic pulp, rich in antioxidants and other nutrients vital for health. At the table there is no palate that can resist it.

Cherries have been appreciated since ancient times for their nutritional and diuretic qualities. When analyzing them, their water content (80%) and potassium (210 mg/100 g) stands out, a mineral that favors the formation of urine. Its richness in fiber (2%) gives it a laxative effect.

The cherry is relatively low in fat and protein, but abundant in carbohydrates (13% of its weight), especially fructose, although its caloric intake (59 calories per 100 grams) is medium compared to other fruits. Among its vitamins, C (15 mg/100 g), folic acid (14 mcg) and B6 (0,05 mg) stand out. To a lesser extent, beta-carotene or provitamin A and other group B vitamins.

In addition, cherries contain other antioxidant substances, mainly flavonoids such as anthocyanins and ellagic acid, which combat the harmful action of free radicals. Melatonin is also abundant in cherries, which could help regulate sleep.

The multiple properties of the cherry

Cherries are very healthy and no adverse reactions are to be expected. They should only be eaten in moderation by people with digestive difficulties or prone to kidney stones, due to the presence of oxalic acid.

Rheumatism and arthritis
Due to their purifying and antioxidant components, as well as the presence of salicylic acid, cherries have anti-inflammatory properties.

They reduce the risk of the appearance of this disease and its complications (retinopathy, etc.). They are also well tolerated by diabetics due to their fructose and levulose content, with a low glycemic index.

Liver disorders
They help reduce cholesterol levels and triglycerides in the blood and its possible accumulation in the liver. They also prevent the formation of gallstones.

Various phenolic components that are abundant in cherries protect the cardiovascular system and prevent angina pectoris and myocardial infarction.

They are recommended in diets to reduce weight due to their satiating, laxative and diuretic effect. This is due to its fiber, water and potassium content, as well as its low lipid and sodium content.

Thanks to its vitamins A and C, they protect and soften the skin. They also promote tanning due to their content in carotene and they can help reduce cellulite, as they improve microcirculation and inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue.

Intestinal disorders
Its regulating action improves constipation and meteorism (excessive gas formation).

To lower uric acid levels, nothing better than a cherry cure. Some gouty sufferers claim that when they notice the first symptoms of an attack, 30 cherries are enough to calm it down.

Due to the phytonutrients they contain, especially anthocyanins, eating cherries helps reduce the risk of cancer, particularly colon cancer.

The components of the cherry purify the body and protect the nervous and vascular system (prevent atherosclerosis); Therefore it can be considered an "antiaging" food.

Dr. Daniel Bonet (health)
Laura Kohan (cook)