An Ode to Delicious Cherries
There are some beautifully sweet cherries in the shops at the moment and they are a fantastic powerhouse fruit packed with vitamins A, C, E, and minerals such as iron, copper, zinc, potassium and manganese. The high levels of anthocyanins and antioxidants make them an excellent food to help the body’s fight against many blood and digestive complaints. Cherries also contain potent anti-inflammatory properties and are particularly beneficial for those suffering with chronic pain and sports injuries.
Cherries are well-known as a ‘brain food’ and can help to improve memory, focus, and concentration and to reduce brain fog. They are also a fantastic food for cardiovascular health and can help reduce the risk of related conditions.
Cherries are an excellent source of melatonin which is known to calm the nervous system, decrease irritability, ease headaches and promote a restful night’s sleep. This soothing effect on the brain neurons makes it an essential food for those who suffer from insomnia or for those who have high anxiety and stress in their lives. Cherries are rich in fibre and are a great natural remedy for constipation.
Simple Cherry Smoothie Recipe
Blend frozen bananas and cherries together in a food processor with some almond or coconut milk.
Add a little lemon juice (and/or yogurt) for a delicious dairy-free (leave out the yogurt) & fat-free drink that both kids and adults will love.
Pour into glasses to serve.