Cherry season is coming soon! Don’t you just love the deep sweetness of a plump cherry? It’s also pretty funny to eat them with the kids and watch them manage the pit situation.
Besides being a sure sign of summer and tasty, cherries are extremely good for you! I have selected four of the best reasons to nourish your bodies with cherries, though there are many more (high fiber, etc.).
- Cherries have a very high anti-oxidant content. The anthocyanins protect against free radical damage, protect DNA, activate detoxifying enzymes, and even slow the growth of human colon cancer cells.
- Cherries help reduce chronic (disease causing) inflammation. Studies have shown a reduction in uric acid levels and c-reactive protein levels. These are both strong indicators of inflammation.
- Cherries serve as a natural painkiller by inhibiting COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes.
- Cherries may even help you sleep! They are one of the few rich food sources of melatonin. http://www.diseaseproof.com/archives/healthy-food-eat-cherries-for-a-healthy-heart-a-good-nights-sleep-and-more.html