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Fun Facts

When is cherry season?

Although each season is unique, cherries are generally available from the end of May though early to mid July.

What are some of the nutritional benefits of cherries?

How do I best store cherries?

Refrigerate your cherries immediately after purchase. Cherries can be kept in the refrigerator for several days. Avoid placing cherries in the sun or warm areas, they may go limp quickly. Also do not store cherries in plastic bags as this will reduce their shelf life.

How do I select cherries?

Choose firm, plump, shiny cherries with green stems. Generally the darker the coloring the riper the cherry. Keep cherries refrigerated until consuming.

What type of cherries does Stagecoach Lane Ranch have?

Our sweet cherries are Bing and Lapin. We also have 2 varieties of sour cherries.

Health Benefits

Consider cherries a health food! Cherries are good for your heart, can lower your cancer risk by 50%, relieve aches and pains, and they can keep you beautiful! In addition to relieving the pain of arthritis or gout, it has also been suggested that cherries are also good for:

There is also evidence that cherries are so powerful they may reduce the risk of cancer by 50%. "Preliminary research is showing they contain unique plant chemicals that can prevent and treat many of today's worst health problems," says University of Iowa biochemist Raymond Hohl, M.D., at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. "It appears that cherries shut down the growth of cancer cells by depriving them of the proteins they need to grow," explains Dr. Hohl. Cherries are also beneficial in preventing heart disease.

Breakthrough News: Cherries Prevent Cancer!

In fact this summer fruit is so powerful, it could lower your cancer risk by 50%... and your heart attack risk by 30%. Here's how to start benefiting today...

Red grapes, apples, citrus fruits ... no doubt you've heard all the great health claims about these fruits. But while scientist have been hard at work studying their healing abilities, one delicious seasonal treat has been quietly putting them all to shame. The surprising new super fruit? Cherries.

"Preliminary research is showing they contain unique plant chemicals that can prevent and treat many of today's worst health problems." says University of Iowa biochemist Raymond Hohl, M.D., at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Sweet, juicy, delicious cherries are in season July through August, and they can help you to safeguard against cancer.

Safeguard Against Cancer

Experts were surprised when they discovered that cherries are packed with perillyl alcohol - a natural chemical that not only flushes cancer causing substances out of the body, but also helps stunt the growth of cancerous cells.

In fact, research suggests that perillyl alcohol is so powerful, it could slash the incidence of all types of cancer as much as 50% - making it five times more effective that limonene the proven cancer-fighter found in red grapefruit.

"It appears to shut down the growth of cancer cells by depriving them of the proteins they need to grow," explains Dr. Hohl. "And it works on every kind of cancer we've tested against."

Keep Your Heart Healthy

Eat just 20 cherries and laboratory studies show you'll be getting 6g. of cholesterol controlling fiber, plus a whopping 524 mg. of potassium - a mineral that doctors say can prevent, and even treat, high blood pressure.

"Twenty cherries also provide 25mg. of anthocyanins, powerful chemicals that protect artery walls from the damage that leads to plaque buildup and heart disease," says food science and human nutrition researcher Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D.

In fact, the latest research shows that anthocyanins do a better job of protecting arteries than even vitamins C and E. The bottom line: "Eating 20 cherries daily could cut your risk of heart attack by 30%," he says.

Relieve aches and pains

But anthocyanins are more than just heart-protectors. Recent studies show they're also anti-inflammatory pain relievers 10 times stronger than aspirin or ibuprofen! If you're plagued with the chronic pain of arthritis, headaches, or even gout, pros say a daily bowl of cherries could ease your aches without side effects.

"They help shut down the enzymes that cause tissue inflammation in the first place. So they can prevent, as well as treat, many kinds of pain." says Nair.

Bonus: Cherries help keep you beautiful!

The anthocyanins in cherries can also keep you from developing varicose veins! Researchers say anthocyanins strengthen blood vessel walls, and the stronger they are, the less likely you are to develop varicose veins. Consider stirring them into yogurt, blending frozen cherries into shakes and adding dried cherries to cereals and muffin mixes.

Michigan State University has been researching the benefits of cherries and they have found that the anthocyanins and antioxidants in cherries are amazing. It may not be a cure for arthritis but is certainly helps to relieve the pain.

Natural painkillers and strong antioxidants found in tart cherries

The Chemicals that give tart cherries their red color may relieve pain better than aspirin and may provide antioxidant protection comparable to commercially available supplements like vitamin E, according to a Michigan State University researchers. The new findings "suggest that the consumption of cherries may have the potential to reduce cardiovascular or chronic diseases in humans (such as arthritis and gout)." write the scientists.

The research will be published in the January 28th web edition of the peer-reviewed Journal of Natural Products, published by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. It will appear in the journal's February print edition.

While cautioning that studies have not yet been conducted with human subjects, lead author Muralee G. Nair, Ph.D., says their laboratory assay results suggest that a person eating about 20 tart cherries could realize antioxidant or anti-inflammatory benefits. That number of cherries contains 12-25 milligrams of the active compounds, called anthocyanins, according to the authors.

In the study, anthocyanins were found to prevent oxidative damage, caused by oxygen or free radicals, about as well as compounds in commercial antioxidants. They also inhibited enzymes called cyclooxygenase-1 and -2, the targets of anti-inflammatory drugs, at doses more than ten times lower than aspirin. "It is as good as ibuprofen and some of the nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs," says Nair.

"Daily consumption of cherries has the potential to reduce pain related to inflammation, arthritis and gout," added Nair. While reiterating the need for human studies, he says a market may one day exist for putting the anthocyanins in pill form:" Then people can pop a pill instead of eating a whole bowl full of sour cherries. That's pretty hard to do."


Source: American Chemical Society (http://www.acs.org)

A nonprofit organization with a membership of nearly 159,000 chemists and chemical engineers, the American Chemical Society publishes scientific journals and databases, convenes major research conferences, and provides education, science policy, and career programs in chemistry. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C. and Columbus, Ohio. The information contained herein is not intended to replace a doctor's opinion. Please consult your doctor.

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