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Cherries are not only good for you, but they’re also on trend as a homegrown “Super Fruit.” Emerging evidence links cherries to many important health benefits – from helping to ease the pain of arthritis and gout, to reducing risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Cherries contain beta carotene, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, fiber, and potassium, along with a very high concentration of antioxidants. Cherries also contain melatonin, which has been found to help regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns, aid with jet lag, prevent memory loss and delay the aging process.
One of the more important health benefits of cherries is seen in the emerging research that shows cherries can help prevent some cancers. This is because of the antioxidants found in cherries; these are made up of anthocyanins and quercetin, which are flavonoids, and the phenolic acid amygdalin. Cherries have also been shown to reduce pain and inflammation from rheumatoid arthritis and gout.
The health benefits of cherries can be gleaned from eating fresh, frozen, dried or canned cherries. They can also be made into a juice. Cherries will stay fresh for about a week in the refrigerator and up to a year in the freezer.
Strawberries taste great and are a nutrient-dense food. One cup of strawberries contains 45 calories that is high in vitamin C. Along with the vitamin C, you get antioxidants, which are nutrients that fight free radicals. Free radicals are the by-products of cells that can cause damage to the body. Strawberries also contain manganese, folic acid, potassium, and vitamins B-5 and B-6. This nutrient-dense food is versatile to use. Make healthy smoothies to drink, bake a strawberry pie or shortcake, or place fresh strawberries on your cereal.
Like many fruits, fresh strawberries do not last long, so proper storage is necessary. Store fresh berries in the refrigerator. When you get the berries home, go through and discard any bruised or soft berries. Don’t wash the berries and don’t take off the caps. Instead, pick over the berries and place them in a colander. Colanders allow the cool air to circulate the berries making them last longer. Place the berries in the refrigerator, but do not cover them. Strawberries should last at least three days and longer.
***taken from ehow.com