Quality of life, it’s all Cherries mate

January 12, 2013 — 2 Comments

Bowl of cherries

We hear a lot about super food this and that, and it has occurred to me more than once, where does that leave regular food stuffs? I reckon it’s all a bit of marketing hype. Here’s why: all (non processed) foods have their valuable health-promoting qualities. And in ways you wouldn’t imagine!

Like cherries for example. There are 2 types; the common sweet variety and the less popular, tart cherries. Both are packed full of nutrition and health qualities, but our little tart ones come up trumps. They are full of powerful antioxidant, anthocyanin – excellent for pain relief and even more so than aspirin. The action of cherries acts strongly on joints – a remedy for post exercise joint soreness, gout, arthritis and rheumatic conditions.
So we can talk about longevity for the rest of our lives, but the quality of that longevity matters. Popping a painkiller, living of anti-inflammatories…hmmm maybe not the best way to promote pain free living. Pop a cherry instead.

Recipe

Cherry Truffles

½ c. loosely packed, pitted Medjool dates (about 6—7 dates, the fresher the better)
½ packed c. dried, unsweetened sweet cherries or juice-sweetened tart cherries
2/3 c. raw almonds
1/3 c. pine nuts
1—2 Tbs. water

Directions

  • Combine dates, cherries, almonds, and pine nuts in food processor, and process 1—2 minutes, scraping down sides a couple of times until a “dough” is formed. If dough doesn’t hold together after 1 minute processing, add water 1 Tbs. at a time until it does.
  • When ingredients are well incorporated, roll into walnut-sized balls.
  • It’s optional to then to coat in lightly toasted coconut flakes or chopped nuts (mmmm pistachios)
  • Store in refrigerator
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2 responses to Quality of life, it’s all Cherries mate

  1. 

    Better than asprin… hmmmm. I ate quite a few cherries over Christmas and not once did they lessen the pain from my knee injury or booze headache.

    Who told you this one and have you tested it? Have you noticed a decrease in pain in joints etc after eating cherries?

    Sent from my iPhone

    • 

      Hey Marceo! Dietary therapy is a slower in action. Maybe if you’ve got long term injury it might take more than a bowl of cherries…perhaps over time the compound is built up and you’d see more immediate effective results.

      The research I was quoting is here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1082898/
      When I was researching this post there seems to be a bit of research around anthocyanins and pain relief (amount other benefits). Just note that research is done on SOUR cherries, not the sweet kind – which still contain the compound – but not as potently as sour cherries.

      Want me to give you some needles?? 😛

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