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Top 10 Health Benefits of Cherries: A True Superfruit

August 11, 2011

Cherries are a nutritional powerhouse fruit with so many incredible health benefits. One cup of raw cherries has 87 calories, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of protein and 3 grams of fiber. Enjoy them now while they are at their peak because their season is way too short.  Read on for some of the great health benefits of eating cherries.


Ten Great Health Benefits of Eating Cherries

1. Cherries, known as a “super-fruit”, are packed with antioxidants called anthocyanins which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer.

2. Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles.

3. Cherries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries.

4. Cherries are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber.

5. Cherries are referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss.

6. Because cherries contain anthocyanins, they can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout.

7. Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes.

8. Cherries are a good source of fiber which is important for digestive health.

9. Cherries are a great snack or dessert choice important for weight-maintenance.

10. Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts.


96 Responses to “Top 10 Health Benefits of Cherries: A True Superfruit”
August, 11 2011at 07:30 am
How good it feels when you love some food and it has loads of benefits attached! Lovely info, Alison.
LIsa says:
August, 11 2011at 07:44 am
great to know. They are my favorite fruit!
Liz says:
August, 12 2011at 08:29 am
Great to find your blog via Maris! I love cherries...mmmmmm.
August, 11 2011at 10:45 pm
Cherries are one of my favorite fruits. Nice to know how good they are for you.
August, 13 2011at 06:52 am
wow, i never knew this- even more reasons to love cherries!
Kelly says:
August, 11 2011at 07:45 am
Love your healthy living posts Alison! I always look foward to them
Tracy says:
August, 11 2011at 07:47 am
That photo rocks! Great information too! Loving your site
August, 11 2011at 08:07 am
Great information as always, Alison! I had always heard that cherries were great for arthritis and have noticed a difference myself when I eat them regularly.
August, 11 2011at 08:50 am
Fantastic info as always. The other benefit is that they are so good!
August, 11 2011at 09:56 am
We have been eating cherries like crazy! I keep buying them with the idea that i will cook them, but by the time I am ready to use them-- they are gone again! Now I just have to hope they have some effect on my cranky runner's knees...
August, 11 2011at 10:05 am
LOVE cherries! I could smear them all over my face and be content.
August, 11 2011at 11:48 am
Great info on healthy benefits Alison. I have bag full of cherries I am snacking on and about to photograph, if the don't disappear, soon!
Jeanette says:
August, 11 2011at 11:53 am
Great informative post once again - thank you for sharing this!
Divya says:
August, 11 2011at 04:10 pm
Ventured to your site through Maris's site. I'm glad to stop by - love your informative posts!
August, 11 2011at 04:35 pm
I had no idea cherries helped regulate melatonin, amazing!
August, 11 2011at 05:11 pm
I can eat 4 pounds of cherries a week. I wish the season was longer.
marla says:
August, 11 2011at 07:10 pm
Thanks for this great info on cherries! Good thing we eat lots of them over here :)
August, 13 2011at 11:35 am
Oh I love cherries so I am really glad to read all of this great information on them. Really like your blog!!
Courtney says:
August, 14 2011at 10:36 am
More reasons for me to enjoy cherries instead of simply because I love them! :)
August, 18 2011at 10:30 am
mmm, i adore cherries so reading about all the benefits they have is great! i just added 'em to my grocery list for the day!
Mike says:
January, 16 2012at 04:49 pm
Cherries have been truly a lifechanger! After developing gout a few years ago, I discovered cherries are one of the best things in not only preventing flare-ups, but in minimizing them once they occur. Certainly tremendous for anyone like me who has had the painful experience of having gout. Reading about the beta carotene and antioxidant benefits for me is simply icing on the cake!
June, 20 2012at 09:54 am
Thanks for this wonderful information on Healthy Benefits of Cherries. I will share with family and friends.
June, 06 2012at 09:20 am
Cherries are one of my favorites. So great that they're healthy too.
June, 21 2012at 04:17 pm
i am very surprised to find what are the benefits of cherries, i am looking for a natural way to help regulate my pre-hypertension...and i very happy to find this page....
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mubashar says:
April, 15 2012at 04:39 am
This fruit is so beautiful and a clear example of God's grandeur. As He is the real creator of all fruit n fruit help us in accordance to their shape resemblance with human body.
VAR says:
July, 08 2012at 03:18 pm
My favorite flavor and fruit...would rather have cherries than candy as a child. Who knew they were SO healthy????
M Lope says:
July, 11 2012at 09:42 pm
This is a super delicious and sweet treat that I can actually not feel guilty about eating. Especially after working out!
Kannan Rangarajan says:
June, 13 2012at 12:21 pm
Only after reading this i bought cherries & tasted . A wonderful fruit indeed.Thanks for your posting.
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Aisha says:
July, 11 2012at 02:21 am
Thank you so much for this information. I love fresh cherries how much an adult can take per day.
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Sierra says:
June, 28 2012at 03:01 pm
Great to know!! I have a cherry tree in my yard and since they are all ripe right now I really have no choice but to eat them. Good to know what the benefits are :)
Big L says:
July, 06 2012at 11:24 am
Instead of taking aspirin the next day for soreness after running or working out. I started taking eating cherries and drinking plenty of water. And that works better than any over-the-counter pills.
Precious says:
July, 11 2012at 05:43 pm
I suffered from gout and I always have foot pain every time I work out. I experimented eating a handful of fresh cherries everyday for 1 week. The result is amazing! My foot pain was minimized and can do 1 hour of running and walking now in treadmill!
Tahsin says:
June, 30 2012at 04:13 am
Great info but one question. As there are two types, sour or tart cherries and sweet ones which ones do you mean when you name ten benefits above? In Turkey, sweet cherries are abundantly and cheaply available now but tart ones are usually used for making juice.
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Sharon Z says:
June, 15 2012at 04:46 pm
Wow! I didn't know cherries have so much benefits. they are one of my favoriete fruite too. I am glad I found this site. Thank you for the info.
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Bonnie says:
November, 19 2012at 05:33 pm
The grocery store had a ton of fresh cherries, nice and ripe last night. While I heard they were good for you, I don't like them, and I hate anything with pits, so I didn't get them. I was going to buy the frozen ones to throw in my smoothies since I had read somewhere some time ago that they were good for you (I love looking up nutritional info as I do try to cure a lot of things naturally,) but unfortunately, the package on the frozen ones said they may contain pits. Though I don't have rheumatoid arthritis, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and my symptoms are very similar to rheumatoid arthritis. I am constantly consuming foods to relieve the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. To date, I have had no luck. Maybe cherries will help. If not, if anything, I am confident that there are many diseases I will not get from all the super-healthy foods I eat. I will get myself to the store again tomorrow or Wednesday and pick up a ton of cherries, de-pit them and freeze them for my smoothies. I'm sure the sweetness of the apple and red grapes will offset the tartness of the cherries, as they do for the strawberries and blueberries (obviously I don't care for fruit). If not, I don't mind my smoothies a bit tart. Thank you for the helpful info!
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June, 11 2013at 05:47 am
Great benefits ...... Dont miss in season, must have. Cherry A super fruit :)
Jennifer says:
June, 12 2013at 10:58 am
I am eating some as I read this. Was just curious of the health benefits. Wow! This is great to know. The best ones I have so far is from Publix, one our Supermarket chains here in So Flo.
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June, 15 2013at 11:18 am
I am a mountaineer and a hiker since long. I have been benifitted by eating this delicate looking fruit. It has all the health benifits mentioned in the text books.
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April, 25 2013at 06:03 pm
I am a cherry lover and really believe in their health benefits. This is not something new. Cherries health benefits have been used for centuries. Many old family medical notes and books show that cherries and cherry extract can help gout and other inflammatory problems.
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July, 07 2013at 08:35 am
Now I'm even more anxious to eat our local cherries!
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December, 03 2013at 01:49 am
Cherry is an excellant source of natural fruit given to us to reduce Arthiritis &Gout problems. I am taking any medicine because of cherries. I use to have 50 grams of cherries per day to make comfort of physical & mental work. It really a gods gift. Please any body can take this food for control of diabetis . It is mis understood that Sweet of cherries will increase sugar but actually it is not true. enjoy cherry and experience the benefit.
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