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HEALING HERBS: Tart cherries’ nutrition benefits


ANNETTE MAYNARD-WATSON, [email protected]

HEALING HERBS: Tart cherries’ nutrition benefits

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AS YOU GROW SPIRITUALLY, you normally release useless thoughts as you begin to embrace the deeper meanings of life. 

When I commenced using my spiritual gifts, I recognised that this journey on earth was incredible. Not only is earth incredible but it has some very incredible people. I have met some of these incredible people who came from all across the world. They are very happy when I write about a silent doctor that they can identify with.

Recently, I was in contact with some persons who lectured me about tart cherries. They are red and delicious. Research on the webpage www.health.com revealed that “the deep red colour is due to antioxidants known as anthocyanins, which may help reduce inflammation and lower both triglycerides and cholesterol”. 

After hearing about these cherries, I ventured into the vicinity of Scotia Bank in Warrens and bought some tart cherries. They were delicious and as I ate them, I could not help but remember our “Bajan” cherries which are loaded with Vitamin C.

On the webpage www.hrt.msu.edu research shows: “In villages throughout Hungary, the tart cherry is a common tree in backyard gardens and along the sidewalks and roadsides.” The article was written with all Hungarian readers in mind. 

Tart cherries are loaded with many nutrients. Research indicates they can be used for the following:

• Reduce the risk of health disease.

• Improve eye health.

• Reduce blood sugar levels.

• Promote sleep.

• Lower cholesterol levels.

• Ease muscles cramps.

• Improve kidney and liver health.

• Reduce the risk of colon cancer.

• Boost immune health and microbial infections.

• Ease depression.

• Help to relieve constipation.

According to a study published in August 2009 by the Journal of Nutrition titled Tart Cherry Juice Decreases Oxidative Stress In Healthy Older Men And Women, it was suggested that consumption of tart cherry juice provides older adults with greater protection against the development of heart disease, cancer and age-related cognitive decline. 

Finally, try these recipes. 

Cherry Salad Delight – Cut up 12 tart cherries and place them in a fruit bowl. Add one ripe diced golden apple and 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds. Sprinkle this salad with crushed flax seeds.  

Tart Cherry Juice Galore – Add one cup chopped cherries, 1/2 cup mangoes, 1/2 tsp crushed ginger,  1 1/2 cups coconut water and 1/2 tsp lemon juice. Combine ingredients and place in a blender. Blend the ingredients for three minutes. Serve with crushed ice. 

Remember, cherries are loaded with Vitamin C and a cherry a day can keep sickness away.

 Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via [email protected] or by telephone 250-6450.

DISCLAIMER: It is not our intention to prescribe or make specific claims for any products. Any attempts to diagnose or treat real illness should come under the direction of your health care provider.

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