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Health Benefits of Cherries

Updated: Aug 15, 2019

Have you bought any of the cherries on sale lately? They have been yummy and we have found them on sale a lot. Cherries are not only delicious, but they have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 🍒

A 2018 review of the health benefits of cherries published in the journal Nutrients summarized the results of 29 published human studies that examined the positive effects of cherry consumption. Researchers found that eating cherries and products made with cherries decreased oxidative stress, inflammation, exercise-induced muscle soreness and loss of strength, LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, arthritis symptoms, and loss of sleep.

cherry tart pie
There might be a few extra calories in this Cherry tart, though! 😉

Cherries have high levels of antioxidants that fight free radicals and help protect our cells. Plus, recent research also indicates that cherries help remove excess body fat and increase melatonin. Wow! A fruit that helps us get rid of body fat and helps us sleep better is a major win!!!

Here are the nutrient benefits you get from a cup of cherries:

  • 87 Calories

  • 22 grams Carbohydrates

  • 1.5 grams Protein

  • 0.3 gram Fat

  • 3 grams Dietary Fiber

  • 10 milligrams Vitamin C (16 percent DV)

  • 306 milligrams Potassium (9 percent DV)

  • 0.1 milligram Manganese (5 percent DV)

  • 2.9 micrograms Vitamin K (4 percent)

  • 0.1 milligram Copper (4 percent DV)

  • 5.2 milligrams Magnesium (4 percent DV)

  • 0.1 milligram Vitamin B6 (3 percent DV)

  • 0.5 milligram Iron (3 percent DV)

  • 0.3 milligram Pantothenic Acid (3 percent DV)

  • 29 milligrams Phosphorus (3 percent DV)

  • 17.9 milligrams Calcium (2 percent DV)

  • 88 international units Vitamin A (2 percent DV)

Think about what you get from a cup of candy. None of the above, and the cherries taste just as good (actually way better!). They are great both fresh and frozen. There are so many good recipes for cherries, but honestly sometimes I just need something easy and healthy to snack on so that I don't grab the chips! So head to your local grocery or farmer's market and grab a bag! Enjoy!

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