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6 Benefits of Tart Cherries: Little Berries That Pack a Punch

   |  Updated: June 20, 2017 15:35 IST

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6 Benefits of Tart Cherries: Little Berries That Pack a Punch
Highlights
  • Tart cherries are usually found around the year in dried or frozen form
  • They have a sweet and sour flavour
  • They are really good for your heart
No one can resist those cute little cherries bursting with a sweet and sour tang. Apart from their charming color, cherries are also very juicy and delicious.The two most common types of cherries are tart cherries and sweet cherries. Tart cherries are also known as sour cherries or dwarf cherries. The two may look similar but they are actually quite different. Let's look at the major differences between tart cherries and sweet cherries.

1. Availability: Tart cherries are usually found around the year in dried or frozen form whereas sweet cherries are usually available during mid-summers.

2. Taste: Tart cherries have a sweet and sour flavour while they other ones are popular for their sweetness which may range from mild to intense.

3. Variety and Color: Tart cherries are bold red while sweet cherries are deep red or even blackish.
 
According to Consultant Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Dutta, "Tart cherries are great superfoods for the heart as they contain a good amount of phytochemicals and antioxidants that come from their bright red colour."  Here are seven amazing health benefits of tart cherries. A lot of its benefits are actually associated with drinking tart cherry juice. Have a look. 

1. Cancer Protection

There are various harmful substances in the air, water or the food we eat which may damage our body cells leading to cancer. Tart cherries are full of three disease-fighting chemicals - perillyl alcohol, limonene and ellagic acid which help in inhibiting cell transformation that may lead to inflammation and cancer.
 
2. Fight Heart Diseases

Tart cherry juice contains powerful antioxidants which includes quercetin. Quercetin helpsin the reduction of blood pressure and prevents oxidative damage.  According to Dr. Rupali Dutta, "Tart cherries give you a considerable amount of your daily antioxidant requirement, which helps in fighting heart disease. They can be taken in fresh fruit form or in juice form as well. However, the maximum benefit for heart patients would be by consuming the fresh fruit."
 
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3. Protection against Muscle Damage

Tart cherry juice is known for preventing the symptoms of exercise-induced muscle damage. A glass full of tart cherry juice taken twice daily proves to be beneficial for reducing muscle pain.
 
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4. Treats Insomnia

Tart cherries help in treating sleeping disorders. Drink a glass of tart cherry in the morning and in the evening and you'll be able to sleep well

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5. Prevents Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis that causes repeated attacks of intense pain and swelling. Drink tart cherry juice diluted with water to prevent the risk of gout. Tart cherry lowers the levels of uric acid in the body - the chemical which is responsible for causing gout.
 
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6.  Helps with Weight Loss

Tart cherries help in increasing your metabolism which further helps in burning calories and preventing the storage of fat around your belly. 
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Enjoy this delicious fruit in its fresh form as long as its short season lasts.

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