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Antioxidant Power – With a Cherry on Top!

October 28th, 2010

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Cherry Fruit along with other deep red fruits can have anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidant powers and also protect the skin from collagen breakdown.  These Super Fruits rank high on the ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorption capacity) which means they protect you from cellular damage and oxidative stress. 

Cherry Fruit can provide anti-inflammatory benefits similar to the effects of aspirin.  One serving of tart cherry or around 20 cherries is similar to taking an aspirin.  Studies have shown that cherries may help speed recovery time after a workout, and also help repair muscle damage.  These benefits have also been helpful for those suffering from Arthritis and gout. 

Antioxidants called Anthocyanins are found in cherries in very high abundance.  These types of antioxidants surpass most others when it comes to healing powers!  That is why cherries are popping up in health snack foods and drinks. 

Three bars to try:

Clif Bar Black Cherry Almond

Fruit, Nuts and Sea Salt Bar from Clif C Bar in Cherry Pomegranate

Greens Plus 22 Days Bar Cherry Chocolate Bliss

Cherries, especially tart cherries have been also been appearing on the ingredient list of some wrinkle creams.  Cherry extract has antioxidant capabilities greater than even vitamin E.  A cup of cherries has approximately 25 mg of melatonin and is rich in Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) – both known to increase the appearance of youthful skin.  Melatonin reduces the breakdown of collagen while Vitamin A and Beta Carotene actually increase the production of collagen in the body. healthy_cherry

Eating 20 cherries might sound like the pits, but you can enjoy the benefits of cherries with liquid or capsule supplements.  You can also buy cherry concentrate to make juice or enjoy cherry jam!

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