There’s something about a summer evening sitting on a porch, dock, backyard (you see where I’m going with this…) relaxing with a book and a big bowl full of cherries. Deeelicious. I love cherries in salads, as a topping on chicken, and especially in desserts – but there’s just something so good about fresh cherries grown right here in the United States.
But wait, there’s more! As delicious as they are, cherries are actually really good for you too. There’s nothing better than finding out that something that you already love to eat is actually healthy as well.
Imagine how pleased I was to read that cherries have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, when compared to other fruits. They also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries) vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate.
According to the Cherry Research Committee (yep, there really is an organization that researches cherries) emerging evidence links cherries to many important health benefits – from helping to ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process.
Enjoy some cherries today!