I think cherries are good medicine on many levels. Whether they’re ornamental, tart or sweet when the trees are in full bloom just the site of them alone must increase all the chemicals in our brain that make us humans happy. They herald spring and rain down pink petals changing and softening the tone of the land around them. A tall job that they perform seamlessly. The trees below were in Central Park this past spring and even the New Yorkers caved in to their sweetness.

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But let’s talk a little about cherries on a physical level. There are a lot of studies being done to follow up on the wisdom of folk medicine in regards to cherries. But before I get into all of that take a look at these cherries from the farmer’s market.

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Damn they were good, and now I have an excuse to eat many, many more.

Tart/sour cherries like the Montmorency and Balaton varieties are being recognized as a great benefit for those who experience pain due to arthritis and gout. Cherries have an anti-inflammatory effect because they contain anthocyanins which is where cherries get their deep red pigmentation from. Folk medicine has long used this remedy of taking in about 1/2 cup of cherries a day to ease pain. They could be raw, frozen, dried or juiced and have the same effect. Researchers are also starting to study the effect of cherries on diabetes and are finding that in preliminary studies that cherries increase insulin production.

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So please, eat your cherries and perhaps you will not need to take any aspirin today for those aches and pains.

But of course, please recall I am not a medical doctor.

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