Berries, like cherries, are nutritional powerhouses that help to protect us from illness. ...

What else is noteworthy about berries? They are excellent sources of antioxidant flavonoids, in particular, anthocyanidins. This is what gives them their deep colours and protective properties. These “petits fruits” also contain vitamins C and E, as well as manganese and copper. Berries are low in calories and provide a good source of soluble and insoluble fibre which helps with the elimination of cholesterol and toxic metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium. Berries are generally considered to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. They can be used in a variety of recipes, including smoothies, salads, muffins or just eaten raw or dried. Berries have an interesting history - some have been around for thousands of years and were popular with Native peoples. ...

There are two main types of cherries, sweet and sour. Sour cherries are slightly higher in nutrients than their sweet cousins. In addition to the nutrients mentioned above, both sour and sweet cherries contain melatonin (which helps you snooze) and are able to inhibit cyclooxygenase, an enzyme known as both COX-1 and COX-2. This means that they help to reduce inflammation and pain – they are believed to be as effective (in sufficient quantities) as some common anti-inflammatory drugs in this regard. Cherries are therefore helpful in treating arthritis and gout. In addition to these surprising qualities, they are also thought to protect against colon and breast cancer. Long live the beautiful and elegant cherry!
Freshen Up Your Summer Menu with Berries