Cherry tea has strong fruity flavor and its color resembles ripe cherries themselves. It can be consumed hot or cold. Because of its delightful scent it is often blended with other aromas.
Benefits of cherry tea
Cherry fruits are popular all over the world because of their unique sweet and sour taste and enticing aroma. But they aren’t just a simple treat which stimulates our senses, they are also very good for our health!
Cherries are rich in antioxidants which protect our bodies from free radicals and various neurological diseases, reduce the risk of developing cancer and slow the aging process.
One of antioxidants present in cherries is melatonin. It has a calming effect on the mind, it helps relieve headache, irritability and insomnia and improves the quality of sleep. Anti-inflammatory properties and pain relief (to some extent) can also be added to the long list of health benefits cherry tea brings.
Side effects of cherry tea
Most obvious side effect would be an allergic reaction to some people. Another side effect could be weight gain in case of excessive use.
Cherries are low in calories, but contain high amount of vitamin C, which may entice you to consume a small amount of extra calories. This can unfortunately lead to noticeable weight gain if drank regularly over a long period of time. Thus, it’s necessary to make proper diet adjustments.
Other than these two, side effects of cherry tea are practically nonexistent.
Cherry bark tea
It may seem odd at first glance, but this can be a very healthy drink. Native Americans used it to relieve labor pains, diarrhea and lung ailments. Chinese doctors often prescribe it for coughs.
Active constituents of the cherry bark are quercetin, kaempferol, acetylcholine, HCN, p-coumaric acid, tannis, prunasin and scopoletin. However, most of the medicinal benefits it brings come from scopoletin.
Health benefits of cherry bark tea include help in fighting coughs, inflammation, insomnia, pertussis and bronchitis. It is seen as a cleaner of the respiratory system and an expectorant. It can also help in regulating blood sugar levels, relaxing muscles, fighting bacteria and fungi, and also calming the uterus.
Cherry bark tea – precautions and side effects
Cherry bark tea should never be given to children below two years old, pregnant women or nursing mothers. People who suffer from kidney or liver diseases should also avoid it.
Also, cherry bark tea should not be drunk more than three times a day. Its leaves, fruit pits and bark all have hydrocyanic acid. This substance can be very harmful in the long run if consumed in high quantities. Remember to consult your doctor if you wish to include this tea in your diet.