Perfectly ripe summer cherries have a juicy sweetness that is matched only by their stone fruit cousin, the chin-dripping peach. Give me a bowl of chilled cherries on a warm day and I am one very happy camper.
While the season for fresh cherries is relatively short, the benefits they provide are anything but. Whether you're pregnant and looking to stay away from over-the-counter medicines, nursing and trying to do the same, or just looking to minimize your intake of traditional western medicine, here are a host of reasons why you will want to have cherries (fresh, frozen or 100% natural juice) in your house at all times.
Headaches & Migraines: The antioxidants found in cherries, tart cherries in particular, not only help reduce inflammation but help slow down the production of chemical receptors that make your body more aware of pain. In addition, cherries contain magnesium, which studies have shown to be the most helpful dietary supplement for the prevention of migraines.
Leg Cramps & Blood Pressure: As a good source of Potassium, cherries are known to help regulate blood pressure and can be beneficial in reducing leg cramps so commonly experienced by pregnant women.
Sleep Cycle: As one of the richest sources of natural occurring melatonin, cherries help reset /regulate your natural sleep cycle and heart rate. Whether you're struggling from jet lag, have insomnia or are just trying to get back on a normal sleep schedule, cherries may be able to help you reach your goal. Eating a handful of cherries about an hour before bed could help you get the rest your body needs.
Arthritis, Gout & Sports Injuries: Studies have shown that anthocyanin, a compound found in the pigment of cherries, acts like an anti-inflammatory, reducing the discomfort associated with arthritis, gout and sports related injuries.
Aging & Cancer: If free-radicals are the enemy, cherries need to be a part of your army. Filled with antioxidants, cherries help minimize the effects of these molecules in your body, helping your healthy cells stay healthy.
Healthy Bones: Cherries, along with almonds, apples and avocados, contain Boron, a mineral that helps maintain calcium balance and promotes bone health.
Whether you're a huge cherry fan or not, having a handful of these wonderful stone fruits in your kitchen may just be what the doctor ordered.
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