The darker the cherry the better, as this reflects a higher level of antioxidants and vitamins.
Did you know that there are over 700 varieties of cherries and that cherries actually belong to the Rose family?
There are more than 1,000 varieties of cherries in the United States, but fewer than 10 are produced commercially.
Cherries are beautiful and a real ‘treat’ fruit for most of us. They are also nutritionally dense and packed with beta-carotene.
Juice or Smoothie?
Eat: Yes that’s right, I honestly advise that you to eat them! This is because they are so very expensive and are just wonderful to munch on. The flesh is so soft and providing you chew them well, your mouth will work as a juicer and you will get maximum nutrient uptake. However, if you’re feeling flush and have the time to sit and ‘deseed’ a bag of cherries then of course you could juice them or add them to a smoothie.
Cherries are most renowned for their use in helping to treat gout. This is a condition that arises from uric acid forming crystals in the joint, especially in the foot. These crystals press onto surrounding soft tissue which causes pain and inflammation. Cherry juice contains anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins which are beneficial for enhancing collagen strength and structure, making them excellent for the skins strength and elasticity. These compounds may also be effective in reducing inflammation associated with arthritis and pain arriving from exercise. Cherries contain a specific anthocyanidin which has been shown to inhibit a substance called xanthine oxidase. This is the enzyme that the body uses to manufacture uric acid. Cherries support healthy teeth and gums as the prevent an enzyme necessary for the formation of plaque.
According to Boston University Medical Centre researchers, eating at least 10 cherries a day could help prevent recurring gout attacks. “Cherry intake was associated with a 50% lower risk of gout flares over a 48-hour period,” says study co-author Hyon K. Choi, MD.
Vitamins, Minerals and Extras
Vitamins B, C, E, Beta-carotine, Folic Acid.
Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sulphur, Copper and Silicon Pectin and Ellagic Acid.
Pinnock, Dale, 2011, Medical Cookery, Right Way, London.
Jensen, Bernard.Dr, 2000, Juicing Therapy, Keats Publishing, Illinois.
Meyerowitz, Steve, 2000, Power Juices Super Drinks, Kensington Books, New York.
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