UPDATE: Cherries for Insomnia July 2010 -
Cherries have been used for how many decades now, I can't recall because its been sooooo long. Mention of cherries can be found in the literature of the ancient Chinese, Greeks and South Asians.
Maybe its just that extra vitamin C and potassium along with those nice red and juicy antioxidants. I often add Bernard Jensen Black Cherry concentrate to my berry smoothies, not only for taste, but for added nutrition.
Cherries with ricotta cheese help you sleep and fight cancer because of all the extra melatonin and proanthocyanidin. They even offer some hops to people with diabetes.
"A growing body of science reveals tart cherries, enjoyed as either dried, frozen cherries or cherry juice, have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants, when compared to other fruits. They also contain other important nutrients such as beta carotene (19 times more than blueberries or strawberries) vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, iron, fiber and folate.
Emerging evidence links cherries to many important health benefits – from helping to ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process."
So it seems that after the government food police interference decided the cherry board can't make a claim at all about how this glorious fruit helps and perhaps even cures arthritis, medicine once again sticks in a dirty finger. Could it be leading to control the cherry crop?
FDA Threatens To Raid Cherry Orchards
I guess you have to be the judge.
And remember to tell your member of congress - NO on HR 875!
Can Cherries Relieve The Pain Of Osteoarthritis?
ScienceDaily (2009-03-21) -- For the estimated 27 million Americans who suffer from osteoarthritis, pain relief may come with a cherry on top. According to researchers, tart cherries, in pill form, may be a promising pain-reliever for this common and debilitating form of arthritis. ... read full article