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Sour cherries: natures painkiller! Why you may ask, should something so ordinary like sour cherries, be one of natures painkillers? It’s all to do with Anthocyanins, a very powerful antioxidant compound in this fruit. Along with providing the dark red pigment in sour cherries, scientists have linked phytonutrients, to high antioxidant ratio. Reducing inflammation at levels comparable to some well-known pain medications.
In fact, sour cherries: natures painkiller! are one of the highest levels of antioxidants than many other foods. Coming in 14th out of the top fifty foods for highest antioxidant properties. More than Prunes, dark chocolate and red wine.
I know from personal experience how tart, sour cherries help me as natures painkiller! I have osteoarthritis a very debilitating disease. I used to have to take high doses of anti-inflammatory medication, prescribed by my doctor, to kill the pain and be able to walk, but all they did was upset my stomach.
It’s so much more advantageous to eat natural whole foods, than taking medicine or even supplements. Besides eating a good natural diet, I eat 8-10 dried organic tart sour cherries every day. I’m now able to workout in the gym, swim 20 laps 3 times a week, ride a bike and play table-tennis (ping-pong)
The main anti-inflammatory benefits of Sour Cherries: Natures Painkiller! are for:
- extensive benefits for heart health
- help reduce post-exercise muscle and joint pain
Sour Cherries are available all year round in one form or another.
- Juice concentrate
- Fresh – in certain parts of the world.
The technical name for sour cherries is Prunus Cerasus.
There are a variety of tart, Sour Cherries: Natures Painkiller! Montmorency or Amorelle cherry, Balaton and Morello tart cherries. Montmorency is the most commonly grown tart sour cherry in the U.S.A. Canada France. The Balaton sour cherry originated in Hungary and the Morello cherry originating in Europe and southwest Asia. Australia have their own specific sour cherry tree called: Syzygium Corynanthum
A word of warning:
- To get the full benefit of tart sour cherries, it’s best to avoid chemical pesticides, and pay a little more money for organic fruit!
- There are also dark sweet cherries that can be bought in markets in some areas in summer, but sweet cherries don’t have the same properties as tart sour cherries.
Antioxidant Capacity of Tart Sour Cherries
ORAC (Per 100 grams)
Frozen Cherries (1 cup) 2,000
Dried Cherries (½ cup) 6,800
Cherry Juice (8 ounces) 1,600
Cherry Juice Concentrate (1 ounce) 12,800
What is ORAC
Is a measure of antioxidant strength (Oxygen Radical Absorbent Capacity) ORAC measures how many oxygen radicals a specific food can absorb and deactivate. The more oxygen radicals a food can absorb, the higher its ORAC score.
There are more benefits from eating tart sour cherries: natures painkiller!
- Tart Sour Cherries are fat-free, low in sodium and provide a number of vitamins and minerals.
- Contain antioxidants which will block enzymes that cause inflammation.
- Tart Cherries contain 19 times more vitamin A than blueberries or strawberries.
- Contain vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium
- One serving of tart cherries provides 25% of the daily food value of vitamin A.
- Tart cherry juice has been used by arthritis and gout sufferers since the 50’s
- Scientists have linked tart cherries to a number of cardiovascular benefits.
- Lower cholesterol.
- Reduced belly fat.
- Decreased risk for atherosclerosis.
- Decreased risk of metabolic syndrome.
- Helps to reduce high fat and sugar levels.
EXERCISE RECOVERY AND PAIN RELIEF:
Tart cherries could help athletes reduce muscle damage to recover faster from a tough workout.
Experiments have been conducted by giving 12 ounces of cherry juice or a placebo drink twice a day for eight days, to 14 college guys. On the fourth day the men were asked to perform strenuous weight lifting exercises of two sets of 20 reps each. Their loss of strength after exercise was only 4 percent with the tart cherry juice drinkers, compared to 22 percent with the placebo juice drinkers. The tart cherry juice drinkers also had much less pain.
Many studies have been done regarding this subject, but again I know from my own personal experience that eating tart cherries greatly relieves symptoms for post-workout pain. I certainly recommend that everyone incorporate a few tart, sour cherries: natures painkiller! into their diet every day. Manage your diet to manage your pain!
FIVE WAYS TO ADD TART CHERRIES TO YOUR ROUTINE
- Swap your typical berries for dried cherries and add them to your cereal, oatmeal, yoghurt or pancakes.
- Grab some 100% cherry juice or fill a water bottle with diluted cherry juice concentrate each morning before you hit the gym to help aid in muscle recovery.
- Makes a change from your standard blueberry muffin recipe and use dried or frozen cherries instead.
- Keep a bag of frozen cherries in the freezer and layer with lowfat va nilla yogurt and granola.
- Make a refreshing cherry spritzer by adding cherry juice concentrate to ice cold seltzer water for a refreshing treat.
Start today – eating Tart, Sour Cherries: Natures Painkiller!
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