Cherries are one of the most delicious and versatile fruits that mother nature gives us but did you know that aside from being great tasting they're really good for you? Consuming cherries might reduce your risk or modify the severity of diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure and cancer as well as helping you to avoid premature aging.
Cherries are a rich source of antioxidants and queritrin and together they can help protect the body from free radicals around us and cancer causing agents in the body. Cherries also contain ellagic acid, a naturally occurring plant phenolic known as an anti-carcinogenic/anti-mutagenic compound. Some researchers say that ellagic acid may be the most effective way to prevent cancer. (Source: Mercola) In a recent study conducted by researchers at the USDA-ARS Western Human Nutrition Research Center, cherry growers are pleased to announce that consuming about 45 (280 g) cherries daily may significantly decrease circulating concentrations of specific inflammatory biomarkers in the blood as well. The findings of the study were published in the Journal of Nutrition and are indicative of good news for those who want to reach for healthier snacks and ingredients on a daily basis. (Source: PR Newswire)
Rich also in fiber, potassium, melatonin, anthocyanin and bioflavonoid cherries are taking center stage when it comes to an all natural yet tasty way to take better care of your body. Even though they may be harder to find fresh during the winter months, cherries will be available fresh soon in the next couple of months and can be frozen and dried to enjoy year round. Cherries not only add an exceptional flavor to your dishes but they also can have the same effect on you as aspirin and ibuprofen would when it comes to minor aches and pains. Inflammation is indeed the pits when it comes to health and wellness, yet cherries are a simple and delicious way to offer healthy support whether they are served fresh and eaten out of hand or added to yogurt, granola, oatmeal, fruit salads and even savory preparations.
Other benefits of eating cherries include cholesterol control, healthy eyesight and skin, sleep improvement, osteoarthritis relief, reduces your risk of stroke, helps to maintain your weight and can also help reduce your chances of getting gout. T
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