A cherry is the fruit of many plants of the genus Prunus, and is a fleshy drupe. Commercial cherries are obtained from cultivars of several species, such as the sweet Prunus avium and the sour Prunus cerasus.
Sweet cherries are usually eaten as they come, while tart cherries are used more in cooking. The more familiar cherry varieties include the black stone cherry, morello and Spanish cherry. All cherries have a stone in the middle which must be removed before eating or cooking.
cherries can improve sleep?
Tart cherries contain high concentrations of key phytochemicals including melatonin which is involved in the regulation of our sleep cycles. There has been slightly mixed research as to whether cherries, and specifically cherry juice, is of benefit to those who have trouble sleeping but the signs are encouraging. Research by the European Journal of Nutrition found that tart cherry juice is beneficial in improving sleep both in quality and duration, and may be of benefit to those who have disturbed sleep, whilst another small study suggests that cherry juice may be beneficial to those with insomnia.
cherries can speed up recovery after exercise?
There has been a fair amount of research over the years into cherries, and specifically tart cherries, and the role they can play in exercise and exercise recovery. Research by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that drinking tart cherry juice for seven days before and during a strenuous running event minimised post-run muscle pain. Another small study found that tart cherry juice appears to aid recovery and muscle function after strenuous exercise.
cherries can reduce blood pressure?
Research by the British Journal of Nutrition found that cherry juice may help reduce blood pressure due to its high polyphenol content.