Cherries

If you’re feeling agitated or can’t stop that racing mind (especially while you’re trying to go to sleep) try some cherries or 100% Cherry Juice. Cherries are the number one food source of melatonin (an important hormone to regulate sleep). Melatonin absorbs into body very well with juices of cherries.  On top of that cherries are also high in potassium, Vitamin C that help with muscle, kidney, nerve, immune functions. The high amount of antioxidants also help protect from free radical damage to our cells. If that is not enough cherries are amazing for arthritis relief!

Cool Cherries

How to Choose and Keep
Cherries are best chosen during the late spring, early summer months. They are best chosen fresh. Make sure when choosing they are a deeper red (light red are not ripened) and not bruised. They will keep in the coldest part of the fridge for up to 10 days. Do not store next to strong smelling foods, as they will pick up the smell. Always check the cherries and discard ones that have gone bad.


Preparation
The best way to enjoy cherries is as a snack. The hardest part is removing the pits. The best way is to use a clean (unused) standard paper clip. Push into the top of the cherry. Once it reaches the end of the pit twist the paper clip and pull out. Or you can go out a buy a cherry pitter.

Nutrients
Melatonin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Magnesium, and Fiber


Action Steps
1. Go find some fresh cherries
2. Use as a go to hot summer snack. You can pit before you leave, or take a mini Tupperware or baggies to store the pits.

(Resources: http://www.stemilt.com)