Are Cherries healthy?
Are cherries truly fruit for a healthy you?
So what makes the tasty red fruit so beneficial? The wonder of the cherry is the anthocyanins. According to research from Michigan State University tart cherries contain anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, which inhibit the enzymes Cyclooxygenase-1 and -2, and prevent inflammation in the body. These compounds have similar activity as aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen. Further investigations revealed that daily consumption of tart cherries has the potential to decrease the pain associated with joint inflammation. Many consumers are choosing to drink cherry juice, eat cherries or consume tart cherry pills to starve off the pain of gout, arthritis and joint inflammation.
Linda L. Patterson is a living testimony of the soothing affects of cherries on her joint pain. “I enjoy crocheting and lately my hands have been so painful, I couldn’t crochet for more than about thirty minutes.” , says Patterson. In an attempt to find relief from her pain, she located Fruit Advantage Tart Cherry capsules, a supplement made from red tart cherries. “Within the first week of taking the tart cherry capsules my hands felt so much better.” , says Ms. Patterson. “I am now able to crochet without the pain in my hands.”
Besides the health benefits provided by cherries, lots of people are only eating the fruit to the taste. John Simms, a life-long resident of Indianapolis, Indiana, eats cherries for the taste and convenience. “As a short-haul truck driver, my diet isn’t the best, I would eat fast food daily. One year ago, my wife bought some dried cherries and I started eating them to keep my weight down. Now I eat a handful of cherries instead of eating fast food.”