Common Indian Name (Hindi): Cherries
- Cherry refers to a fleshy fruit (drupe) that contains a single stony seed.
- It belongs to the family Rosaceae, genus Prunus, along with almonds, peaches, plums, etc.
- Cherries are rich in Vitamin C and contain high amounts of bioflavonoids, which, it is said, makes them a fantastic antioxidant food.
- Cherries also contain ellagic acid, which is valued as a cancer protector, and inhibits the development of cancer causing cells.
- Cherries are said to help in boosting energy levels and to be good for the heart, muscles and nerves.
- Eating cherries is reported to lower platelet stickiness of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. It has been known that eating cherries may also help combat tooth decay.
- Cherries contain the powerful antioxidant anthocyanins, the red pigment in berries. Cherry anthocyanins have been shown to reduce pain and inflammation in rats. Anthocyanins are also potent antioxidants under active research for a variety of potential health benefits.
- Cherries are believed to relieve gout if at least 225 g are eaten daily. They are also thought to have a mild laxative action.