Whether you hate it or love it, cinnamon is a hard-hitting health ally fighting off everything from a common cold to brain degrading illnesses. The humble brown stick can it seems, flavor your porridge and cure you.
As I said, I love cinnamon but even I think Pepsi-Fire sounds awful – no one wants to combine cinnamon with something completely absurd like soda or chewing gum for that matter. I’m sure in the future, further wonders will be revealed of this spice and I’m going to try using it more often if it packs this much of a punch.
After a long workout (or even a short one) one of the worst parts is the soreness you feel the next day. It can be difficult to get into a routine of going to the gym when you continually feel the side effects of your previous exercise. The anti-inflammatory properties from the anthocyanin not only help speed up the recovery process by repairing your muscles quicker, but results in less muscle damage in the first place. This links back to the antioxidants which produces more oxygen in your system. This also means you will experience less muscle pain and tenderness overall.
Surprisingly enough, cherries are rich with dietary fiber which helps you feel full quicker. Eating a bowl of cherries before a meal will help you eat less overall and help speed up your metabolism. This also means cherries make a great snack for in between meals or satisfying your craving for sweets. Even with all their benefits, one cherry contains about 5 calories, so be sure to keep track of just how much you eat, otherwise using cherries to lose weight will backfire!
The list of natural food that contains melatonin is short, and cherries happen to be on it. Melatonin is a natural hormone found in the body, but certain habits can prevent it from producing enough to sleep well. On average, there are 13 nanograms of melatonin per gram of cherry. While this may sound like an insignificant amount, studies have shown that it’s enough to make a difference. Drinking a glass or two of tart cherry juice 30-60 minutes before bed and bringing more melatonin into your system will make it easier to not only fall asleep at night, but stay asleep.
As you can see, the diverse utility in such a tiny fruit is impressive! With a delicious taste to match, it’s easy to incorporate into your diet. So the next time you’re at a grocery store or better yet, farmers market, be sure to pick up a batch of these tasty red health boosters.