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Cherry

Everyone is familiar with the cherry. They come on your ice cream, you save it as the last part of your milkshake, and there are plenty more places to find them that involve dessert. In fact, cherries are fantastic things to add to your juices and smoothies to get a number of health benefits.

 

The History

 Cherries are members of the Cerasus genus and are identified by the small clusters of flowers that produce the smooth, round, light red to almost black fruits. In nature, it is found mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Americas, there are two species, there are three in Europe, and many different varieties can be found in Asian countries.

 Ever since prehistoric times, cherries have been consumed in a variety of foods. In fact, it became popular after being brought to Rome in 72BC.  Henry VIII introduced cherries to England and it soon became an export that Europe sent out into the rest of the world.

 

 The Benefits

 Compared to other fruits, cherries are very low in calories, but packed with nutrients. The Montmorency cherry has the highest antioxidant level of any fruit with 17 different antioxidant compounds present.

Cherries

Cherries

Just take a look at all of these benefits:

 

  • Cherries act as an anti inflammatory
  • Help prevent aging, cancers, and neurological diseases
  • Contain lots of zinc, iron, potassium, and manganese.
  • Prevention of arthritis and other chronic pain disorders.
  • Aid sleep due to high levels of melatonin
  • Cherries can help boost libido

 

 

The Juice

 Why  juice?

 When you juice cherries, you break down everything into small components that your body can easily digest. You see, cherries are very nutrient dense, but to get the true benefits of the enzymes that are in them, you would have to eat lots of them each day. Juicing makes it easy to add cherries into your diet, but without the hassle of trying to figure out how to prepare them.

 

 Choosing Your Cherries

 When you are looking for the best cherries, keep a few things in mind. Ripe cherries have a deep red color, and have a green stem when they are fresh enough. The darker the stem, the older the cherry. You also want to make sure that you select cherries that are in sealed containers, since they can absorb odors and dry out quickly.

 

 Tips For Juicing

  •  Always wash your cherries thoroughly
  • Make sure to put a plastic bag in your pulp basked to make it easier to clean
  • Look at the pulp when you get done. If it is damp, there are still nutrients left that you can extract.
  • Store it properly after juicing, or else drink it immediately.
  • Finally, please remember to remove the stone, they will damage your juicer if you try to juice the cherries whole without removing the stone. If you intend on juicing lots of cherries your going to need a special tool to remove the stones, you can see one of these low cost tools here

 What Should You Mix Cherries With?

 The cherry  flavour can get lost in some juice blends because they tend to be juiced in smaller quantities but there are still delicious drinks to be made. Because  cherries are  tart try mixing them  with sweeter lighter tasting fruits

Try mixing your cherries with:

 

Mango

 Apples

 Blueberries

Oranges

Coconut water

 

Cherries are a great addition to your diet but you can’t use dessert as an excuse to eat them. Make sure that you pick the right ones, select only the best ingredients for a juice blend, and enjoy the benefits.

 

 

Nutritional Data

NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Energy32 Kcal1.5%
Carbohydrates7.96 g6%
Protein0.40 g0.3%
Total Fat0.30 mg1.5 %
Cholesterol0 g0%
Dietary Fiber1.1 g2.5%

Vitamins

Vitamin A
Vitamin A
NutritionPer 100g% RDA
Folates14 µg 3.5%
Niacin0.400 mg2.5%
Pantothenic acid0.309mg6%
Pyridoxine0.009 mg0.5%
Riboflavin0.060 mg4.5%
Thiamin0.0 mg0%
Vitamin A767 IU26%
Vitamin C1677.6 mg1864%
Vitamin E0.01mg0.1%
Vitamin K2 µg2.5%

Minerals

Minerals
Minerals
MineralsPer 100g% RDA
Calcium12 mg1.2%
Copper0.086 mg9%
Iron0.20 mg2.5%
Magnesium18 mg4.5%
Manganese0.01 mg1%
Phosphorus11 mg1.5%
Flouridemcg/
Selenium0.6 mcg1%
Zinc0.10 mg1%

Electrolytes

ElectrolytesPer 100g% RDA
Sodium7 mg0.5%
Potassium146 mg3%

Phytonutrients

Phytonutrients Per 100g% RDA
Alpha-caroteneug_ _
Beta-Caroteneµg_ _
crypto-xanthin-ßµg_ _
Lutein-zeaxanthinµg_ _
Lycopene ug_ _
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