What Cherries Do For Your Health?

Many people are now discovering the real value that Cherries may bring to your health.
Cherries are a powerful source of antioxidants which has been deemed as at the top of the list for people who wish to get some protection of the effects of high blood pressure and people heart disease.

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One of the major benefits of cherries is that they have no salt, no fat and are virtually only about 60 calories for a 3 oz portion of them.So anyone that is following a strict diet will enjoy the value behind this fruit.

Cherries have been known to help people who have rheumatism, arthritis or gout as they help to reduce inflammation and lower the amount of uric acid in
your body.

What Vitamins and Minerals are in Cherries

- They are packed full of an antioxidant called Anthocyanins. Aiding in the lowering of inflammation in the body and reducing the possibilities of visible aging.

- They contain a good source of Fiber

- They contain such minerals as Potassium and Iron

- They contain such vitamins as Vitamin E, B6 and A

- They are a good source of Vitamin C

- They contain a small amount of Protein

Per the WebMD:

Sour cherry is used for osteoarthritis, muscle pain, exercise-related muscle damage, gout, insomnia, to increase urine production, and to help digestion.

Of the more than 270 varieties of sour cherry, only a few are important commercially. These include the Montmorency, Richmond, and English morello.

A 2012 study published in Arthritis & Rheumatism found that patients with gout who consumed cherries over a two-day period (yes, just two days!) showed a 35% lower risk of gout attacks compared to their fruit wary counterparts. In addition, the risk of gout flares was 75 per cent lower when cherry intake was combined with the uric-acid reducing drug, allopurinol.

In April, 2013 at the University of Michigan Health reported that for millions of Americans at risk for heart disease or diabetes, a diet that includes tart cherries might actually be better than what the doctor ordered, according to new animal research.

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What Cherries Do For Your Health:

  1. protection from diabetes
  2. Helps You Sleep Better
  3. Decreases belly fat
  4. helps ward off alzheimers
  5. reduces risk of stroke
  6. slows the aging of skin
  7. lower risk of gout attacks
  8. reduces muscle pain
  9. good for the heart
  10. helps with osteoarthritis relief
  11. helps to prevent colon cancer



Unique Cherry Recipes- Give Them a Try!

Rustic Cherry Tart with Ricotta and Almonds

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh ricotta (about 2 cups)
  • Pate Brisee
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream or water
  • 1/4 cup sanding sugar
  • 3 ounces sliced blanched almonds (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/4 pounds ripe or overripe cherries, halved and pitted (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon very thin strips lemon zest, plus 2 teaspoons lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • Pinch of coarse salt

Directions

  1. Line a large mesh colander with a triple layer of cheesecloth and place over a larger, deeper bowl. Place ricotta in colander; transfer to refrigerator. Let ricotta drain at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with rack in lower third. Roll out dough into a 12-by-16-inch rectangle (1/8 inch thick) on a piece of parchment. Transfer dough on parchment to a baking sheet; freeze 10 minutes or chill 30 minutes. Stir together egg yolk and cream; brush on dough. Sprinkle with sanding sugar and almonds. Bake until deep golden brown, about 40 minutes. (Tent edges with foil if they begin to overbrown.) Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, toss together cherries, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
  4. Just before serving, spread crust with ricotta. Top ricotta with cherry mixture, using a slotted spoon (reserve juices for serving, if desired). Sprinkle tart with lemon zest, cut into squares, and serve immediately.


Quinoa Salad With Cherries


Sweet Cherry Granita

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cherries, stemmed and pitted, or 3 bags (12 ounces each) frozen cherries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup almond-flavored liqueur, such as Disaronno (optional)
  • Whipped cream or mascarpone cheese (optional), for serving

Directions

  1. In a blender, puree cherries, sugar, and lemon juice until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish. Freeze 6 hours, scraping with a fork every hour (mixture should be icy and fluffy).
  2. To serve, pour 1 tablespoon liqueur into each of 12 small bowls or glasses. Top with 1/2 cup granita and a small dollop of whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.

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References :

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/11-health-benefits-of-the-beautiful-cherry.html

http://www.marthastewart.com/274446/cherry-recipes#350703

http://www.marthastewart.com/978354/rustic-cherry-tart-ricotta-and-almonds

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