For me, there are always those certain things that signify summer is here. Now that the warm weather has arrived, and farmers markets are in full swing, there is one item I am always on the search for: cherries! So juicy and sweet. Am I the only one that could sit down with a bowl and eat the entire thing?
Yes, cherries are a fruit- they are bound to be healthy. But do you know what actually makes them considered to be a super fruit? For starters, they are high in potassium, which is vital for you kidneys, heart, brain, and muscle tissues. Experiencing a lot of muscle cramps lately? Have some cherries! Secondly, they contain natural amounts of melatonin. If you are not familiar with this phytochemical, it helps regulate your sleep-awake cycle. Specifically, melatonin is a hormone made by your pineal gland. If you are having troubles getting a solid nights sleep, try some cherry juice!
Cherries are high in fibre, and also contain good amounts of Vitamin C. Yes, cherries are one of the sweeter fruits, but they are surprisingly low on the “Glycemic Index” scale compared to other fruits like grapes, peaches and blueberries (22 on the scale to be exact). The Glycemic Index is something that I will be touching on soon…..so stay tuned!