The Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries are a small fruit that come in a variety of colors (yellow to dark red) and flavors (sweet or tart).

A cup of raw cherries contains 97 calories and 2 grams of protein. They are an excellent source of nutrients that the body needs to function properly such as vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and fiber.

Health benefits of cherries include:

  • They are high in antioxidants which slow the aging process
  • They contain high levels of polyphenols which are excellent for combatting inflammation, helping to reduce cell damage, and good for reducing symptoms of gout and arthritis
  • They contain beta-carotene and vitamin C both of which are anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. These are useful for relieving muscle pain due to exercise
  • They contain potassium which helps to keep the heart healthy by maintaining a proper heart rate and regulating blood pressure
  • They contain melatonin which is helpful in regulating the sleep – wake cycle

Cherries can be enjoyed as a raw snack, added to a fruit salad, made into a pie or a fruit juice. They can be found year round in the fruit section of most supermarkets but summertime is when they are most commonly seen. If you are looking for a fruit that is both refreshing and nutritious, cherries are definitely a good choice.

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