|Fight Inflammation with Cherries|
We feature cherries in The Fat Resistance Diet for their delicious flavor and ability to help reduce inflammation. Sweet or tart, cherries are a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory nutrients. Research indicates that inflammation contributes to diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, and obesity. The Fat Resistance Diet highlights anti-inflammatory foods like cherries in a lifestyle that promotes optimum health and facilitates weight loss.
Research on the Benefits of Cherries
A study from University of California at Davis found that regular consumption of cherries for 28 days produced a decrease in biochemical signs of inflammation in blood, including a 25% reduction in C-reactive protein (CRP), the most widely studied marker of inflammation. Elevation of CRP in blood is associated with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Another study from UC Davis found that a single dose of cherries reduced the blood level of uric acid in healthy women. Excess uric acid causes gout, a very painful type of arthritis. The use of cherries to prevent gout is well established in Western folk medicine.
The anti-inflammatory effect of cherries are probably due to the presence of two potent nutrients that are highly concentrated in cherries:
Anthocyanin flavonoids give cherries their beautiful red color and block the activity of some of the enzymes that activate inflammation.
Perillyl alcohol, a terpene that, according to laboratory research, may help cancer cells revert to normal. Perillyl alcohol also increases the activity of enzymes needed for detoxifying the body.
Cherries are also a good source of:
- vitamin C
You can enjoy the benefit of cherries all year round with fresh cherries or with unsweetened cherry concentrate from your local health food store. Try frozen organic pitted cherries, they make a delicious snack or dessert.
This cherry recipe from The Fat Resistance Diet is a delightful fruit dessert with layers of flavor:
Cinnamon Lemon Poached Pears with Cherry Syrup
Peel and core pears. Put pear, water, cherry concentrate, lemon juice and cinnamon in a saucepan. Cover and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until fork tender.
With a slotted spoon remove and plate pears. Simmer liquid until syrup is reduced to desired consistency and spoon on pears.
Top with chopped almonds and mint. Serves two.