Nutrient of the Month – Tart Cherry

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Tart cherry is an excellent source of natural melatonin. Melatonin is an important hormone that triggers sleepiness and can help improve your ability to get a restful night’s sleep.

Tart cherry is also one of the richest known sources of a class of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which are potent plant antioxidants that support cellular, cardiovascular and joint health.

Anthocyanins also encourage healthy circulation, ensure proper nerve function and offer additional cellular support.

Other fruits and vegetables that contain anthocyanins include raspberries, strawberries, beets, cranberries, apples, red onions, kidney beans and red beans.

Most studies on the potential health benefits of anthocyanins have been focused on its effect on cardiovascular health, its anti-cancer activity and anti-inflammatory properties.

Getting your fill of anthocyanin-rich fruits and vegetables can definitely help boost your overall health.

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