Mad Benefits: Sweet Like Cherries
May is the beginning of cherry season (heart eyes). You may not know that cherries are one of the world's superfoods that you need to stock up on ASAP! The foods we eat have a direct relationship with our health, and sticking to an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant diet will help boost your defenses, protect your body and give your skin the love it needs. Cherries are also believed to be one of the most energy-boosting foods out there and can help build blood cells, which eases circulation. Keep reading for some fast facts about this season's MVP.
Cherries are believed to be one of the most energy-boosting fruits. They can help in building blood cells, which automatically eases circulation and boosts our energy levels.
Can't sleep? Cherries are one of the few foods that contain melatonin, a hormone that controls your sleep-wake cycle. Those who have studied melatonin content in cherries suggest eating a few an hour before bedtime for a better night's sleep.
Cherries are alkaline in nature. This means that whenever your body experiences an increase in acidic content, cherries can help balance your pH levels by neutralizing it and aiding indigestion.
The pigment that gives cherries their color also indicates that they have a lot of anti-inflammatory compounds. Cherries are rich in polyphenol antioxidants, which are protective compounds that help with digestion issues, weight management difficulties, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease, and cardiovascular diseases. Also packed with vitamins B and C, and minerals such as copper and magnesium, cherries help protect you from inflammation and cell damage.
Adding food rich with anti-inflammatory properties can immensely improve your overall health and longevity. Cherries are fun and fresh, but it's important to note that you should include a variety of healthy ingredients in their diet. No single food is going to be a cure-all for your body. Make sure to add a variety of fruits and vegetables (literally eat the rainbow) in your diet to provide your body with all the nutrients and fuel it needs to feel it's best.