When I was little, I always requested cherry pie instead of cake and ice cream on my birthday. Somehow, it just tasted better and settled better on my stomach than cake. They say that our bodies will let us know when certain foods are necessary for our health. Cherries are one of the healthiest fruits that you can eat.
One particular benefit that seemed to agree with me was the composition of melatonin antioxidant that cherries are known for. Melatonin can cross the blood-brain barrier easily and has soothing effects on the brain neurons, calming down nervous system irritability. It, thus, can help relieve neurosis, insomnia and headaches. If you suffer from anxiety and a nervous stomach, fresh cherries could be the answer.
My mother picked fresh cherries from a cherry tree nearby and made her own sauce out of tapioca, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch. This homemade filling seemed to calm down the tartness of the cherries and bring out the sweet flavor. There were no preservatives in the filling. This is much different than the cherry filling that you find in the store today.
Cherries also contain anthocyanins that act as anti-inflammatory agents and potassium, a beneficial electrolyte which is an important component of cell and body fluids.
Although the needs of your body evolve as we age, never fail to listen for signs of missing nutritional foods that can give your system a boost. Ask your family what they are hungry for and the answer may surprise you. I still crave my mom’s cherry pie and how it made me feel on my special day.