Authentic Food of the Day: Cherries

Looking to incorporate more fruit into your diet? Choose cherries! They are one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits and are enjoyed by millions worldwide. These tasty little berries are full of amazing nutrients that contribute to optimal health. Cherries contain ellagic acid, a type of super nutrient that has been shown to help prevent cancer. Cherries are also antispasmodic which means they are great for soothing the digestive tract and have anti-inflammatory properties which have been shown to help ease rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Full of nutrients, cherries are a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and flavonoids. Tart cherries are known to have the highest amount of antioxidants compared to other kinds.

DID YOU KNOW:

– Cherries are a good source of melatonin which helps promote sleep. Eat a handful of these juicy berries 20 minutes before bedtime to help you rest.

– Two types of flavonoids found in cherries help eliminate the byproducts of oxidative stress, thus helping to slow down the body’s aging process.