Without a doubt, the cherries are one of our favourite fruits and we are absolutely delighted that they are in season, and we can enjoy them to the max. Not only are they delicious, but they are greatly beneficial too!
The cherries are rich in: provitamin A, vitamins from the B group, the vitamins C and P, iron potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. They activate the biochemical processes in our bodies, improve our appetite and brain function and have a general strengthening effect on the body.
The dark red varieties contain anthocyanins and carotenoids – pigments that strengthen the walls of blood vessels. That is why the cherries are considered a good prophylactic for bruises and reduction of blood pressure in hypertonia.
They also activate the function of the kidneys and liver, which start to void dross more effectively. They have a beneficial effect on skin and relieve conditions like eczema and psoriasis. A cherry mask can cleanse and shrink the pores and remove the dead cells too. The sour varieties are very suitable for oily skin.
The cherry juice is also helpful if you have constipation, anaemia and problems with digestion. You need to drink half a glass several times a day. And if you suffer from colitis, take a tablespoon of juice 3 times within a 24-hour period.
When you are selecting your cherries, pay attention to the stalks – they should be green. A yellow stalk means the cherry is overripe. The cherries should be eaten in small portions (up to 300 g) distributed through the course of the day.