Tart Cherries For Pain Relief
Welcome to 30 Days of Superfoods, Prevention’s 30-day guide to incorporating more healthy fuel into your diet all November long. Superfoods have myriad benefits, from boosting your immune system and fortifying your body to warding off disease and even managing menopause. Here are easy, tasty ideas for adding tart cherries to your diet—starting today!
They might not be as naturally sweet as their dark-purple counterparts, but tart cherries (a.k.a. sour cherries) are well worth biting into if you suffer from pain, swelling, or sleeplessness. Insomnia (Sleeping without Pills)
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Oregon Health and Science University researchers found that women who drank tart cherry juice twice daily for three weeks had significantly less inflammation. That same beverage also relieved joint pain in some patients with knee osteoarthritis, according to research published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. (Drinking tart cherry juice after a tough workout can also help your muscles recover faster.) Meme’s healing juice
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Meanwhile, tart cherries are a dream come true for insomniacs: Louisiana State University researchers found that subjects who drank tart cherry juice logged an average of 84 more minutes of sleep each night compared to those who sipped a placebo. Tart cherries are naturally rich in melatonin (the hormone responsible for sleepiness) and tryptophan, an amino acid the body uses to create even more melatonin. 6 Foods That Are Wrecking Your Sleep
Did we mention that this superfruit also fights gout? Let’s just call that the cherry on top.
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HOW TO PREPARE TART CHERRIES:
Mix them with yogurt, blend them into smoothies, or pick up a bottle of tart cherry juice for sipping.
TART CHERRY RECIPES WE LOVE:
Sour Cherry Preserves
As a tangy topping for scones or lean protein, look no further than this sweet and sour sauce.
* 2 c pitted sour cherries, fresh or jarred (water-packed)
* ½ c sugar
* 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
* ½ tsp pepper
* ¼ tsp allspice
* pinch of salt
1. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the cherries, sugar, vinegar, pepper, allspice, and salt.
2. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce to a simmer, and cook until the cherries are very tender and the mixture has thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Pack into a sterilized 1/2-pint jar. Store in the refrigerator.
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Sweetheart Cherry Pie
This classic dessert will warm hearts—and keep them healthy too. (Know someone who LOVES baking? These 25 gifts are perfect for her.)
* 4 c pitted sour cherries
* ½ c maple syrup
* 3 Tbsp quick-cooking tapioca
* 1 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1 c cake flour
* ¼ c butter or margarine, cut into small pieces
* 1 egg white
To make the filling:
In a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the cherries, maple syrup, tapioca, and cinnamon. Let stand for 5 minutes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Place the flour in a medium bowl. Using two knives, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in the egg white. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead for 30 seconds, or until smooth. Reserve ¼ cup of the dough.
3. Place the remaining dough between sheets of waxed paper, and roll into a 9″ circle. Remove the top piece of waxed paper. Invert the dough onto an 8″ pie plate. Remove the remaining piece of waxed paper, and fit the dough into the pie plate. Fold under the excess pastry, and crimp the edges. Prick the bottom of the dough, and bake for 10 minutes.
4. Roll the reserved dough between sheets of waxed paper to 1/8″ thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut out hearts or other decorative shapes. Pour the cherry filling into the pie crust and arrange the cutouts on top.
5. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake for 30 minutes.
Cherry Almond Smoothie
Blend and sip your way to better health, starting with this breakfast smoothie.
* 6 oz light silken tofu, drained
* ¼ c slivered almonds
* 1 ½ c frozen tart cherries
* ½ c pomegranate-cherry 100% juice
* 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1. Combine the tofu and almonds in a blender or food processor and pulse to blend.
2. Add the cherries, juice, and vanilla extract.
3. Process or blend to combine. Serve immediately.
Original article by: The Editors of Prevention