A friend recently reacquainted me with great taste of cherries.
Alongside strawberries, cherries have to be another one of the sexiest foods on the planet. Guess what they're really good for us too. Bing Cherries were First Cultivated in State of Oregon in the early 1870's, and quickly became the top ranking of all north american cherry varieties to date. This delicious, bite-size fruit is much more than a summer dessert topping. While rich in vitamins cherries also contain melatonin a naturally occurring hormone. Produced by the pinealocyte within the pineal gland, melatonin plays a major role in regulating a persons biological clock. Scientists have concluded many successful studies with melatonin on treatments of cancer, migraines, cluster headaches, mood disorders, fertility, ADHD, autism, bi-polar disorder, insomnia, and preventing memory loss in alzheimer's patients just to name a few. Well this little miracle fruit can even help prevent and fight cancer. They contain queritrin, which is a potent anticancer agent. They also contain ellagic acid, which experts believe is one of the most useful compounds for cancer prevention.
Cherries also are a rich source of healthy antioxidants, helping to repair damaged cells in the body. Another compound found in cherries is perillyl alcohol (POH), which is very effective in reducing the occurrence of all types of cancer. It stops the spread of cancerous cells by depriving them of the crucial proteins they require in order to grow. Researchers at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that Bing cherries, consumed consistently over time, may help defend the body against inflammation tied to arthritis and heart disease.
At the Human Nutrition Research Center in Davis, California, their research published in the Journal of Nutrition, http://jn.nutrition.org/content/136/4/981.full healthy volunteers consumed about 45 Bing cherries each day for 28 days. Then blood samples revealed that levels of nitric oxide and C reactive protein dropped by 18-25 percent. Why should you care? Nitric oxide and C reactive protein are two of several indicators which measure inflammation in the body. According to the researchers, the cherries contain natural properties which help suppress some of the compounds linked to inflammation. This is their second study corroborating such findings in humans.
The deep red color of the cherries was our first heads-up that the fruit contains a bounty of nutrition and now science is taking that a step farther and finding thru research a link between food and medicine. For a change of pace, swap some fresh or dried cherries for your usual after-workout energy bar. A 1⁄2-cup serving of dried cherries has 200 calories and about 49 grams of carbohydrates, about the same as an energy bar. Tart cherries are pumped full of melatonin, which can positively impact sleep. If you eat enough (about a handful) you may sleep better. Now, most days you don't find cherries along the beach, but I guess anything is possible! And remember if your partner can tie a cherry stem in a knot, with just their tongue,"they're a keeper"All in all I'm really glad I got reacquainted with cherries and you should too. Good Luck...
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