Choose Cherries for Achy Joints

Cherries are sweet for our joints!

Cherries are sweet for our joints!

Next time you’re feeling a little stiff and achy, chomp on some cherries or chug some cherry juice.  Cherries (both sweet & sour) contain flavonoids (anthocyanins), which give this fruit its dark color (the darker, the more anthocyanins).  These healing compounds promote blood circulation and joint health, and decrease inflammation and excess body acids.  Cherries are also a good source of Vitamin C, copper, iron, potassium and pectin.  And, to top it off, each cherry has only 5 calories.

Here’s a refreshing Cherry Ice Tea recipe from Cal-a-Vie Spa:

Cherry Lemon Zinger Tea

4 cups black cherry juice

4 cups filtered hot water

4 bags Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger tea

4 bags Celestial Seasonings Chamomile tea

2 whole lemons, sliced

Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel saucepan and heat over low flame for 20 minutes until flavors meld.  Cool and serve over crushed ice.  Serves 8 (68 calories per 8 ounce serving).

About Annette Cain

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Known as the Longevity Lady™ Annette helps baby boomers age stronger so their bodies can keep up with their lives. Her ageless lifestyle products and programs provide an easy and balanced approach to becoming lean & limber and living younger longer.

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