Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Health Benefits of Cherries

I love cherries.  Unfortunately, my husband is allergic to them, so I never used to buy them because I was afraid my boys would be allergic as well, and I didn't want to find out the hard way!  But now, all of my boys have tried cherries (not when I was around) and it turns out none of them inherited the allergy!  So now, we eat them quite often, and poor David just has to go without!

Here are the health benefits of these wonderfully sweet, locally available fruits:

*  ANTIOXIDANTS -- Cherries are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are the pigments that give them their red color.   These help rid the body of free radicals which can cause cancer and heart disease.

*MELATONIN -- Another antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and sleep cycles in the body.

*FIBER -- The fiber in cherries can help regulate the digestive system.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY -- Cherries are good for people with gout and arthritis because of their ability to rid the body of excess fluids.

*VITAMINS AND MINERALS -- They are a rich source of beta carotene, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, iron and folate.

*LOWER CHOLESTEROL -- Cherries can help lower cholesterol levels as well as aid in weight loss, especially belly fat.

*AFTER WORKOUTS -- Eat cherries or drink tart cherry juice after your workout to help reduce post exercise muscle and joint pain.

Now is a great time of year to find cherries at your local fruit stand.  Eat them plain and fresh as a snack, add them to a smoothie, or put them in a summer fruit salad.  

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