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What Are Cherries Good For?

Health Benefits of Cherries

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  • The antioxidant activity of tart cherries was found superior to that of vitamin E and comparable to commercially available antioxidant products
  • Sweet cherries contain fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids, and anthocyanins, each of which may help play a role in cancer prevention
  • Tart cherries are anti-inflammatory and may help lower your risk of gout attacks and reduce pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis
  • Consuming tart cherry may help increase your melatonin levels and improve your sleep
  • Consuming tart cherries may activate PPAR (peroxisome proliferator activating receptors) in your body’s tissues, which helps regulate genes involved in fat and glucose metabolism

By Dr. Mercola

Cherries are a favorite summer fruit in the US, where about 370 million pounds are grown each year. With a short peak season (May to July), high susceptibility to disease and short shelf life after harvest, cherry season comes and goes in the blink of an eye.


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