Health Corner

A Flat Belly
Cherries are top source of pectin. This fiber converts to slow-digesting gel in the gut, blocking fat storage and prolonging satiety by up to 32 percent, according to researchers at the Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center. In fact one study found that simply consuming more pectin-rich foods can increase weight loss by 38 percent.

An End To Headaches
When it comes to easing head pain, 20 tart cherries are 10 times more effective than a dose of aspirin, according to research at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Experts there discovered the the fruit’s anthocyanins disable ensymes that cause painful tissue inflammation, alleviating headaches more rapidly than medication.

Lower Blood Pressure
One serving of cherries is packed with 306 mg. of potassium. In a study at Baltimore’s John Hopkins University, this nutrient slashed the risk of high blood pressure by 25 percent. Thats because potassium flushes excess sodium from bloodstream, easing strain on blood vessel walls.

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