July 16, 2012

Benefits of Cherries...Accidental Brilliance Superfood + Supplement Series

Because there is only a very short growing season for cherries, you need to get em' while you can + if  you live in the United States now is the time to enjoy them in all sorts of recipes. Cherries known as a “super-fruit”, are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer. Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles. Cherries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A), they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries ! Kinda crazy but they truly are a " super-fruit ". Cherries are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber. They are referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss. Because cherries contain anthocyanins, they can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout. Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes + they are a  good source of fiber which is important for digestive health. Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts. There are tons of really great ways to incorporate them into your diet + this salad is one delicious way. It is an unexpected mix of ingredients but so good. The recipe calls for kale which packs it's own superfood punch but you can substitute your favorite greens to create this simple crowd pleaser.

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