Life can be a bowl full of rich nutrients and health benefits when you add cherries and cherry juice to your diet. Cherries are a delicious summer fruit in season from May to July. But after reading these health benefits, you’ll want to enjoy the sweet or tart varieties year round. When fresh cherries aren’t in season, visit the frozen food aisle for bags of frozen cherries, or purchase 100% pure, bottled cherry juice.
What to look for when buying fresh cherries
Cherries should be deep maroon or mahogany red to almost black. The exception is Rainier cherries which have a golden skin with a blush of red color. The exterior should appear bright, glossy and plump with stems intact. Don’t purchase cherries that appear to be soft, shriveled, have mold growth, or brown discoloration.
Nutritional Information: Cherries contain powerful antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and B-6, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, protein, iron, and calcium.
Natural Health Benefits of Cherries
Eating cherries and drinking 100% cherry juice is a delicious way to reduce inflammation in your body. Drink a small glass of cherry juice or eat a handful of fresh cherries daily.
Mix chopped cherries into pancake batter, crepes or fruit salad. Fresh or frozen cherries can be tossed into fruit smoothies, nutritious blender ice cream, sauces, and limeade.
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
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