Thursday, November 25, 2010
Cherries 101: Not Just Another Pretty Face
When it comes to nutrition and health benefits, this luscious fruit is taking its place along side super fruits such as blueberries and pomegranates.
The bright red color of cherries is not only appealing, but is functional as well. It is due to anthocyanins (antioxidant flavanoids -that protect the body from oxidative damage). Translation: They're good for you. Tart cherries contain high levels of melatonin, an antioxidant produced naturally by the body that is thought to help slow the aging process as well as fight jetlag and regulate sleep. Cherries contain vitamin C, as well as being a good source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive system on track.
Cherries have also been shown to reduce pain and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
Take the time to incorporate cherries into your diet. Eating them fresh is delicious, but if you like dried fruit, put some in your cereal, oatmeal, trail mix, etc. Blend with orange or any of your favorite juices for a refreshing drink. Cherries are versatile and the benefits are tremendous!
Photos: Enrika79 www.stock.xchng
www.life123 (health benefits of cherries)
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