Summer is the time for fresh fruit and nothing says summer more than cherries. Besides being sweet and delicious, cherries provide an abundance of health benefits as well. The most distinctive property possessed by cherries is in their deep red-blue color. The deeper the color the better they are for you. Cherries contain flavonoids and it is their deep red color that signals the flavonoid content. Flavonoids help protect blood vessels and enhance the role of vitamin C as well.
Cherries for better sleep
Cherries contain melatonin. Melatonin is a natural hormone that is made in the pineal gland in the brain. Melatonin helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle. Besides its potential antioxidant benefits, melatonin in cherries may help influence sleep patterns. Sweet cherries provide a significant amount of melatonin, although not as much as tart Montmorency cherries. Cherries are loaded with anthocyanins, which are a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Natural anti-inflammatory properties are believed to reduce the risk of many types of cancer.
Since cherries are one of the first fruits to ripen but have one of the shortest growing seasons the pursuit of cherries is serious business for cherry lovers. Everyone peruses their favorite place to find the sweetest cherries. Moreover, in Connecticut there are many cherry growers to chose. Local Harvest is a great resource to find cherry growers such as Beckett Farms in Glastonbury. Call ahead for details
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Hippocrates(c.460 – 400 BC)