Cheery Cherries at the “Friend”

The People's Friend

Cherries were a theme at The People’s Friend last week, so we investigated their health benefits.

Cherries always remind me of summer days, when my dad would buy a huge bag from the local fruit market, and we’d all sit chewing the juicy fruits.

My dad had a bit of a love of cherry pancakes, too, and I think it’s no coincidence that this is one my favourite fruits. I can’t walk past anything cherry flavoured and not pop it in my shopping basket.

Kirsty and Liz were responsible for bringing cherries into the “Friend” last week. Liz had brought a huge bag of sweets from her recent holiday, that contained cherry flavour. Kirsty, on the other hand, whizzed through the offices wearing a dress adorned with cherries!

cherry dress

The health benefits of cherries

  • Powerful anti-oxidants and contain fibre, potassium, vitamin A and calcium, amongst other vitamins.
  • Just 14 cherries count towards your 5 a day
  • May help you sleep better as they contain melatonin, which could be great news for insomnia sufferers.
  • Drinking cherry juice may help your recovery after exercise, studies show.
  • Contain the anti-oxidants anthocyanin and cyanidin, which have great anti-inflammatory effects and may help improve arthritis.
  • May help to reduce blood pressure as they have a high polyphenol content.


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Karlie Simmonds

Karlie has worked in Digital Media for over 10 years, she is passionate about health and wellbeing and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, children, and Pug, Poppy.