Cherries: A Rich Source of Antioxidants

by admin on August 27, 2012

Acerola, the Mighty Antioxidant CherryMany studies have been focused on the amount of antioxidants Bing and Rainier cherries naturally contain. However, recently Acerola health benefits and have been a focus of researchers efforts.

The Acerola contains as much Vitamin A as carrots and many times more Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium than an orange. Cherries in generalĀ  are the focus of research because of the high content of the antioxidant anthocyanins such as cyaniding and peonidin and for their help with stabilizing glucose levels, repairing nerve damage and relieving pain caused by inflammation (such as arthritis and gout).

Most people are familiar with the many kinds of red cherries. However, yellow cherries are lighter varieties of cherries that range from yellow to light pink. They are often prized for their sweet flavor, large size, firm texture and for the way their coloration shows off bruises, making it easier to pick out fresh tasting fruits. Rainier, Royal Ann, and Yantarnii cherries are types of cherries that are yellow.

Yantarnii cherries are not a true cherry in that they are not related to the plum but rather grow on trees more closely related to the Dogwood.

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