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The Color of Cherries

The color red is a bright and vibrant color. It has many different shades and we can see plenty of red in every sunrise and a bit in every sunset which tends to have more of an orange glow. I love wearing red in different combinations such as red and purple, red and dark blue and red and yellow. We all know that red and green are Christmas colors.

Red is so full of fire and passion and even blood. It has a multitude of meanings and is associated with desire, love, willpower, anger, danger, action, radiance and determination among others. You can see that red seems to have wonderful good qualities and you could say that it is the color of true love. I enjoy seeing red flowers such as roses, carnations, tulips, and poppies.

This vibrant color has always made me smile just because it is so bold. For some reason red has always made me think of ketchup or as they spell it in the U.S. catsup.

There is something so wonderful in the sparkle of red gemstones such as rubies and garnets. These gemstones increase interest, enthusiasm, and boost energy and create confidence. Red gemstones also protect us from anxieties and fears.

Associated with red:

  • The traditional 40th wedding anniversary gift is the red ruby.
  • If you were wondering why barns and other large structures are often painted red it’s because red was the most inexpensive paint you could buy and also the easiest paint to manufacture.
  • Without its thorns the red rose symbolizes romance, love, and passion and the rose which has its thorns symbolizes the challenges and the rough road ahead to find true love. Love can be not only wonderful and fill you with joy but love can also be painful and has been known to break quite a few hearts.

Shades of red:

  • Crimson – has a touch of blue to it. It gives one the determination to succeed. This color also gives off a certain sensuality.
  • Scarlet – this particular color has some orange in it and it has a certain brightness and richness. It shows enthusiasm and gives one love for living.
  • Burgundy – is a red that is sort of purplish. This is the one that reminds me of cherries. It is serious, tends to be less energetic and is more sophisticated. This is the color that is often favored by the wealthy.
  • Maroon – is a dark bluish-red it is somewhere in between – not as dramatic as an actual red and a bit softer than burgundy.

When it comes to red foods my thoughts always begin with cherries, then onto strawberries and raspberries. I love red vegetables like tomatoes. There are five red foods which are full of antioxidants and vitamins. My favorites cherries are believed to reduce pain and inflammation and they’ve been thought to fight various diseases such as arthritis, gout, diabetes, and cancer. Cherries are also a good source of Vitamin A, fiber and potassium. The pomegranate though on the sour side represents good health. It has been known to reduce the build-up of plaque in the arteries and lowers blood pressure.

 Pomegranate juice can help with diabetes, arthritis, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction. Beets have their place with the color purple as well but inside they can be quite red. They will give you your daily worth of foliate which is a B vitamin that is needed for growing healthy new cells. Their color comes from betanin which is a phytochemical that is thought to boost the immune system.

Chili peppers have capsaicin which is an antioxidant that hinders food spoilage and might also protect blood vessels. It is also known that capsaicin increases the body’s metabolic rate and it may also stimulate the brain chemicals which make us feel less hungry.

Finally, we come to tomatoes which are a great source of vitamin C and also have some vitamin A, fiber and potassium. These wonderful vegetables are also rich in lycopene which is an antioxidant that helps fight against skin aging and might be beneficial against heart disease and cancer.

The image of the rose is my own photo.

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