Cherries: Nature’s Cancer-Fighting, Anti-Aging candy!

Cherries: Nature’s Cancer-Fighting, Anti-Aging candy!

Great-tasting cherries help your body in so many ways!

Cherries_May31Health benefits of cherries:

  • Cherries are low-calorie, so they make a great snack and give your body many valuable nutrients!
  • The deep color of cherries show that they are rich in pigments: cherries contain pigments known as anthocyanin glycosides. These pigments have anti-inflammatory properties, helping with health problems such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
  • Anthocyanin also aids in memory!
  • Cherries aid in sleep! They contain the anti-oxidant melatonin, which helps with insomnia and headaches.
  • Cherries and tart cherries alike contain the antioxidants lutein, zea-xanthin and beta carotene. These all protect against free radicals and have anti-aging properties and  cancer-fighting properties.

Macronutrients

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Micronutrients

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How Cherries grow in a garden:

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cherries on their tree

Cherries grow on trees which you should plant in the early spring. Tart cherries are self-fertile and sweet cherries must be cross-pollinated.

Eating and cooking cherries

Cherries can be eaten cooked or raw. Cherries have a pit in the center which must be removed before cooking or eating. They are also a great addition to sweet or savory dishes!

Cherry pie recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cherry-pie-recipe.html

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First image source: http://www.farmandforksociety.com/2014/07/cherries-101.html

Cherry health benefits: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cherry-fruit.html

Second image source: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1867/2

Third image source: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1867/2

Fourth image source: http://www.crown-nursery.co.uk/products/fruit-trees/cherry-trees/

Cherry growing information: http://www.garden.org/plantguide/?q=show&id=2071

Fifth image source: http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/cherry-pie/4fd12ce3-90ff-4d91-8ee6-74497819b6f3

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