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Cherries are a beautiful fruit and a real treat for most of us. They are also nutritionally dense and are packed with the best know cancer preventer on earth - beta-carotene.
Juice or smoothie?
To be totally honest we would actually advise you to eat them! This is because they are so very expensive and they taste so wonderful to just munch on. The flesh is so soft and so providing you chew them well your mouth will worth as a juicer and you will get maximum nutrient uptake. If you are feeling very decadent and want to sit and deseed a bag of cherries then of course you could juice them or add them to a smoothie, but be prepared for a 'rich' drink in more ways than one.
Cherries are most renowned for their use in treating gout. This is a condition that arises from uric acid forming crystals in the joint, especially in the foot. These crystals press into surrounding soft tissue which causes pain and inflammation. Cherries contain a specific anthocyanidin which has been shown to inhibit a substance called xanthine oxidase, which is the enzyme that the body uses to manufacture uric acid. Cherries support healthy teeth and gums as the prevent an enzyme necessary for the formation of plaque.
Cherry juice contains anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins which are beneficial for enhancing colagen strength and structure, making them excellent for the skins strength and elasticity. These compounds are also effective in reducing inflammation associated with arthritis and pain arriving from exercise.
The darker the cherries the better, as this reflects a higher level of antioxidants. There are over 700 varieties of cherries!
Studies have proven that people with gout who consuming half a pound of cherries each day (eating or drinking the equivalent) suffered no attacks of gout and their uric acid blood levels became normal.
Vitamins, minerals and extras
- B, C, E, Beta-carotine, Folic acid
- Calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorous, potassium, sulphur, copper, silicon
- Pectin, ellagic acid
Pinnock, Dale, 2011, Medical Cookery, Right Way, London.
Jensen, Bernard.Dr, 2000, Juicing Therapy, Keats Publishing, Illinois.
Meyerowitz, Steve, 2000, Power Juices Super Drinks, Kensington Books, New York.