Cherry tree is a small tree measuring five meters to, at most, 10 meters high with spreading branches. That is why fruits are easily reached by children. Leaves are light green, oblong ovate to broadly oblong lanceolate measuring 8-13cm long and with toothed margins. The tree originated in Tropical America and it was introduced during the Spanish Era in the Philippines where it was widely distributed and became thoroughly adapted.
Parts of the CHERRY tree can be utilized for other purposes. Leaves can be boiled to make a tea while its bark can be used to make ropes and fiber for bark skirts. Fruits can be processed into jams and juice. Its timber can also be used for light carpentry and as firewood. Even the flowers can be utilized as an antiseptic and to treat abdominal cramps.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHERRY TREE or (Muntingia calabura Linn.).
1. It has antibacterial properties.
– CHERRY TREE contains many powerful antibacterial compounds, making it a new source of antibacterial agents, And it’s especially good for treating Staph infections, intestinal bacteria, sepsis, and diphtheria.
2. Gout
– Over the centuries many countries used CHERRY TREE Fruit to stop the pain associated with gout. Consuming 9 to 12 of the cherries three times a day seems to work well for treating the pain.
3. Diabetes
–Cherry tree helps to lower blood sugar, and regular consumption can mean less medicine or lower injection doses.
4.It is a huge source of Vitamin C.
-The fruit contains a good amount of Vitamin C a potent antioxidant that helps to fight off colds, flues, and even cardiovascular disease. 100 grams of fruit yields 150 mgs of Vitamin C.
5. It acts as a pain blocker.
-Cherry tree leaves made into tea are great for pain because they block pain receptors… a good antinociceptive agent similar to opiates.The tea is great for headaches, gout pain, and other arthritic joint pain.
6. It is being researched as a cancer preventative.
-The leaves have been studied and show great anticancer abilities and may be used more extensively in the future for treating cancer… more research to be done.
7.It has strong anti-inflammatory benefits.
-The leaves can be used as tea for treating inflammation and swelling and for lowering fevers.
8. Lowers Blood Pressure.
– Tea made of the leaves lowers blood pressure because it contains nitric oxide which relaxes blood vessels thus improving blood flow.
9.It has definite cardiovascular benefits.
-The leaves made into tea protect the heart from heart attacks, because the leaves contain antioxidants that prevent inflammation which leads to myocardial infarction.
10.It contains important nutrients.
The fruit itself includes fiber, carbs, protein, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and B-vitamins (which are some great mood enhancers).
11.It has strong antioxidant properties.
– Cherry tree Fruit and leaves contain lots of antioxidants in fact over 24 flavonoid and phenolic compounds like that found in green tea… plus saponin compounds.
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