Cherries are a Healthy Choice

Cherries have a very short growing season. In the United States, they are a summer fruit available in June through August. Here are a few of the health benefits of grabbing a fistful of these tart treats:

People suffering from gout who consumed 1/2 cup (or about 10 cherries) three times a day experienced 35% less chance of gout attack when compared to cherry-less patients. That is because cherries help reduce the circulating levels of uric acid.

If you suffer from soreness post-workout, try reaching a cup of cherries or some cherry juice. It seems to reduce inflammation and soreness associated with a hard workout.

Need to banish belly fat? Eat several handfuls a day in place of snacks high in carbs.

Cherries have been shown to slow the growth of cells found in human colon cancer.

Sleepless nights? Cherries, specifically tart cherries, are a great source of melatonin, a natural sleep inducer. They also help with jet-lag, so be sure to buy some just after landing; especially on coast-to-coast or international flights.

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