Sayings such as “An apple a day will keep the doctor away” or “Be sure to eat fruit to look good in your birthday suit” have been around for decades. But do these sayings have any truth to them? The answer is yes!
Fruits such as oranges and grapefruits often get a lot of praise due to the extremely high levels of vitamin C they contain. Cherries help to fight gout and arthritis pain due to the presence of anthocyanins that help to reduce inflammation.
Cherries also help the body to rid excess uric acid. High uric acid levels can lead to gout attacks. Drinking cherry juice helps the body to rid excess uric acid levels through the urine.
However, what a lot of people don’t know is that these fruits are also an excellent source of another much more exclusive health boosting nutrient – flavanones.
Today, I will be giving you a little more information on the flavanones and explaining how you can make these citrus based nutrients part of your diet in the New Year.
The Power of Cherries
Cherries, especially Michigan-grown, Montmorency cherries are packed full of power antioxidants including flavanones, anthocyanins and melatonin. The combination of the flavanones and anthocyanins helps your body to fight dangerous free radicals that can cause wrinkles, age spots, fight joint pain and more.
However, what many people may not know is Montmorency no-added sugar cherries are also nature’s #1 source of naturally occurring melatonin. This compound helps you to get a better night’s sleep.
Why Citrus Fruits Are So Healthy For You?
Unlike vitamin C which can be sourced from a wide range of fruits and vegetables, flavanones can only be sourced from grapefruits, oranges and certain herbs. This is where the true power of citrus fruits lies.
One of the main flavanone benefits is that they act as powerful antioxidants in the body. Antioxidants are health boosting substances that keep your body safe from free radicals and protect your cells from the damage that they can cause. In addition to this, the flavanones can reduce your risk of developing cancer or diabetes. Finally, they can protect your vital organs from damage.
How Can You Eat More Citrus Fruits And Cherries?
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons for eating oranges, grapefruits and cherries in the New Year. However, coming up with innovative ways to add them to your diet can be difficult. If you are struggling here are a few serving suggestions:
1) Citrus Fruit Salad:- This tangy fruit salad is full of flavanones. To make it you will need one chopped grapefruit, the chunks from two oranges, 100ml of cherry juice and 100ml of orange juice. Place all the ingredients in a bowl, put the bowl in the fridge to soak overnight and then enjoy a flavanone rich fruit salad the following day.
2) Grapefruit, Cherry and Orange Smoothie:- If you have a blender at your disposal try this health boosting smoothie. Take one chopped grapefruit, the chunks from two oranges, 100ml of grapefruit juice, ¼ cup of fresh cherries, 100ml of cherry juice, half a cup of ice cubes, half a cup of yogurt and one cup of milk. Place all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth, pour into a glass and enjoy.
3) Cherries And Orange Ice Blast:- If the weather is hot and sunny outside try this ice cold drink. Take one chopped grapefruit, the chunks from two oranges, 100ml of cherry juice, 100ml of orange juice, half a cup of soda water and half a cup of ice cubes. Place all the ingredients in a blender, blend just until the ice cubes become chipped, pour into a glass and enjoy.
If you want to start the New Year with a protective punch then make sure you are eating citrus fruits and cherries regularly.