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Cherry, Prunus avium / Rosaceae
Benefits for the health
All the cherry varieties supply pro-vitamin A and vitamin C, fiber, potassium and flavonoids. A ration of 140 g of sweet cherries supplies approximately 2% of the recommended daily vitamin A consumption and 15% of vitamin C. Cherries are poor in fat, although they do not contain saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol; thus, they are a good snack low in calories. Vitamin A is essential for sight, the growth, the development of the bones, the maintenance of corporal tissues, the reproduction and development of the hormonal functions and Co-enzymes. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, so it may protect from various types of cancer, intensifying the immunological functions. Recent research show that the consumption of fiber helps in the protection of several alterations of the alimentary canal, including intestine cancer. Flavonoids are considered, among many of the smaller components, to protect from cancer and other cardiovascular diseases, when consumed in a varied diet. The diets poor in sodium may reduce the risk from high blood pressure, whose development depends on other many factors.
Popular tradition
Cherry have low fat contents and no cholesterol at all; their energetic value comes mainly from the carbohydrates.

The cherry is a sweet fruit and rich in vitamins. We emphasize the presence of vitamin K, along with vitamin A and C. It also supplies B1, B2, B3. The most representative mineral elements are iron, calcium, phosphorus, chlorine, sulfur, magnesium, sodium and potassium.

The daily consumption, during a week, of 250g of cherries brings about the decreasing of the uric acid levels in the blood. Cherries may help to stay younger, they act on the agents in charge of the skin aging, preventing the appearance of wrinkles. Some of their components are natural remedies against inflammations and arthritis. Moreover, their vitamin C content helps the immunological system and improves the intellectual activity. Its calcium content is a firm ally against the bones diseases and promotes growth. Finally, the potassium improves the cellular metabolism and the process of elimination of liquids.

When we suffer from fermentation diarreas and tympanites, we must not eat raw cherries, and neither should old people and children under three.
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