All About The Anthocyanidin!
A little sweet and a little tart, there’s a lot to love about our Cherries. These nutritious gems come in hues as intense as their flavor and are jam-packed with free radical fighting antioxidant power from their high concentration of the flavonoid anthocyanidin.
In one cup of frozen sweet and tart cherries you’ll get all of this:
- Good Source of Fiber. One cup of sweet and tart cherries has 2.5 grams or 10% DV of fiber. Foods high in fiber may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
- Excellent Source of Vitamin A. A cup of cherries has 40% of your daily recommended vitamin A, which helps keep eyes and skin healthy.
- Good Source of Potassium. Cherries provide potassium, which combats heart disease by helping to control blood pressure. As if that’s not enough, it may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.
- Antioxidant power. Cherries contain powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that can cause cell damage leading to cancer, heart disease and other age-related conditions.
Tart and Talented
In every 77 calorie cup of sweet and tart cherries, you’ll get an array of powerful phytonutrients to help you stay healthy for the long-term. Their anthocyanidins may lower your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease or reduce pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. They also have high concentrations of the flavonoid class called flavan-3-ols proven to have antiviral, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.
Cherry Health Research
Cherry’s can thank their anthocyanins for more than just their celebrated crimson colors. Research suggests that these antioxidants (plus their beta-carotene) may support:
- A healthy heart and lowered risk of heart attack
- Diabetes prevention
- Rheumatoid arthritis pain management
- Lowered risk of Parkinson’s disease
- Blood vessel health
- Immune function
- Healthy skin and bones
For more on the latest research studies uncovering the benefits of eating fruit, visit our Fruit Health Resources.
Nutrient Data Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 25.