I am usually a tight-wad. Really – I always tend to err on the stingy side. But, I have to admit, I have a few guilty pleasures. Blackberries are one. Cherries are another. They are both SO EXPENSIVE. And yet, they are just SO GOOD. One of these days I am sure I will have a blackberry bush and a cherry tree. I need one. If I had my own source to my addiction, I wouldn’t end up spending a whole week’s grocery budget on cherries and blackberries…OOPS! Truly, though, I’m like an addict – sometimes I just have to get my fix, regardless of the consequences.
Cherry Juice Benefits
Luckily, besides their cost, cherries truly are a pretty good addiction. For one thing, they help to better sleep, which is always necessary for a mother of two young boys. Tart cherries naturally contain melatonin, which is used as a supplemental sleep-aid: people who take it sleep more soundly and awake more refreshed in the morning. Definitely my type of fruit. Beyond this, cherries are a good source of the mineral potassium, which has proven especially helpful in eliminating post-workout muscle-soreness and inflammation. Riper, sweet cherries are also rich in antioxidants. Vitamin C, anthocyanin and beta carotene are just some of these antioxidants, which have proven to both prevent and reduce cancer. Finally, cherries help you to lose weight (another important thing for the new mom): anthocyanin, an antioxidant in cherries, has proven to boost the body’s metabolism of fat, as well as decrease fat storage.
So I guess it’s pretty good that they are so addictive. We’ll work on the whole budgeting thing another day… Go to our cherry juice page to get even more cherry juice recipes!