July 8, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
Cherries have a brain, heart, or bum like shape, they have a seed inside and usually a stem still attacked to the top. Ripe cherries that are ready for consumption have a darkness to them that reminds me of blood. They stain my fingers when I eat them usually make me full fairly easily. If one were to cut a cherry in half from left to right the brain shape connection that I personally make with them may be more apparent. Usually seeded fruits like this are rich in vitamin c (oranges), and aid with free radical prevention and the immune system.
I like to make connections with what foods look like and try to see if I can figure out on my one what they are beneficial for health wise. If this is something that interests you I recommend looking at the produce section, what’s in your fridge or fruit basket. Do not just stare at it but study it, that’s right check out your fruit! Is it curvy, what does it remind you of, how is it grown, does it have a skin, core, what does it look like if you cut it, and any other connections you may see.
With my share of observations I want to share the facts on cherries, what scientists, doctors and so on have proven about cherries.
Cherries For the Brain 🙂
Flavonoids and procyanidin compounds have been shown to reduce oxidant stress and -amyloid production and may indirectly reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Recent studies have shown the potential role of sweet cherry phenolic compounds in protecting neuronal cells involved in neurological function. The phenolics in sweet cherries include both quercetin and hydroxycinnamic acid as well as anthocyanins. One study exposed neuronal cells to a variety of phenolic compounds found in sweet and tart cherries and showed that total phenolics, and predominantly anthocyanins, demonstrated a dose-dependent reduction in oxidant stress.
Blood, Inflammation & Melatonin
* Cherries contain two powerful compounds; anthocyanins and bioflavonoids. These two compounds slow down he enzymes cyclo-oxyygenase-1 and -2, which aid in relief and prevention of arthritis and gout.
* Eliminate oxidative stress therefore slowing down the aging process.
* Help relieve migraines by reducing inflammation, this is achieved by the anthocyanin and bioflavonoids in them.
* Improves the body’s circadian rhythms
* Melatonin in them does this plus makes them a great sleep aid. It is currently believed that cherries are the only natural source of melatonin, dried cherries also work for this.
*Cherries are excellent for coping with jet lag because it improves the circadian rhythms!
* It is a low GI food, at 22 on the scale
I hope this post was helpful in some shape or form. I mostly want to stress the importance of making a larger connection with our food. This way when we see a food, crave it or wonder if we should purchase it answers can come to our minds by observing…not just staring. I consider this to be a healthy, happy and life changing aspect of actively living a plant based lifestyle. This may help those who also feel unattached to produce. Thank you all for stopping by and taking the time out of hour day to visit my site much love ❤ and raw power 😉