Check Out Cherries for Your Heart

June is here and for some of us that means cherry picking season. If you don't pick them yourself, you certainly will find them in your local markets right now. The health benefits of cherries are numerous, and I'll let you know the best way to consume them even in the off-season...

Cherries are a high-water fruit. This is beneficial for weight loss and to keep you cool in the summer heat. They are also low in sodium, yet high in natural potassium which is the perfect balance to help control water retention.

The main nutrients of cherries include Vitamins C and A, Bioflavonoids, Anthocyanins (an antioxidant), Melatonin and Ellagic Acid.

This mix of nutrients means extra health benefits for you. Most importantly, they are shown to alleviate inflammation throughout the body. For those who don't yet know - internal inflammation is a natural body process that fights infection. However, many people are in a chronic state of inflammation which can be dangerous to your health. In fact, cardiologists have been learning how reducing inflammation is a major factor for lowering risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The anthocyanins are a top antioxidant which reduces oxidative stress in the arteries, lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease. They also seem to lower blood lipids, again reducing the risk for heart disease and probably even help fight certain cancers.

The melatonin of cherries helps balance the body to allow healthy, night-time sleep patterns. Getting proper deep sleep is important for staying healthy, fighting disease and - believe it or not - weight loss.

On top of all these health benefits of cherries, they taste great! To receive these great benefits, try eating 1 cup of fresh or frozen cherries, 1 cup of cherry juice, or 2 Tablespoons a day of Cherry Juice Concentrate in the off season. Your heart will be happy you did.

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